ORLA Counselors

Kristy GrinnellKristy Grinnell, Academic Counselor, and Assistant Administrator. She is available to meet with students and families to review various educational options and programs. Kristy's goal is to support students and families, and assist them in making informed decisions about addressing their students’ learning needs, and developing skills for success beyond high school. Formerly interim assistant administrator at ORLA. 

Kristy joined the Olympia School District in fall 2015 as the interim assistant administrator at ORLA. Before that, she worked two years as an assistant principal in the Central Kitsap School District and one year as an assistant academic administrator with K12 Inc. Additionally, she worked three years as a dean of students for Federal Way Public Schools and eight years as a teacher/administrative intern in the Clark County School District in Nevada. 
Please contact the front office (360) 596-7730 to schedule an appointment to meet with ORLA's Assistant Administrator.

Peggy OlsenPeggy Olsen, School Counselor
I grew up in Tacoma and Elma, WA, and spent some time in Portland, Oregon during college. I have a Master of Education degree and a Master of Science degree in Psychology.  My 28 years in education include teaching students from kindergarten to college and working with students in a counseling role from kindergarten to 12th grade.  I spent the last two years teaching in an alternative education program here in Olympia and I am really looking forward to getting to know ORLA families. 

I am married and have two fun and adventurous adult daughters.  My hobbies include reading, playing the piano, genealogy, going to the beach, making soap, and spoiling my pets. Our dog, Koda, loves car rides and our cat, Anna, loves sleeping on my laptop especially when I am trying to work. My lifelong pet list also includes a chameleon, hamster, horses, rabbit, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and llamas.  My older daughter acquired my love for music and minored in Music in college. My younger daughter acquired my love of animals and currently has snakes, a horse, and a bearded dragon. 
Began at ORLA September 2019.  (360) 596-7730 ext. 6283 polsen@osd.wednet.edu

Laura HermanLaura Herman became ORLA's Student Dean in September 2018.  She may be contacted to discuss student progress for each of your students.
Laura Herman, Student Dean, M-Th, (360) 596-7730 lherman@osd.wednet.edu