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High School Student Services

Meet the Team

Mrs. Maddie Vinzant - High School Counselor
I grew up on a farm in Mindoro, WI. I graduated from UWL in 2012 with a degree in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies. I went to Winona State for my Masters in Counselor Education. I started my career in Black River Falls as an elementary and middle school counselor. I came to West Salem in 2015 and am loving the high school level. 

I got married July 8th, and my husband and I just bought our first house in Holmen, WI. He is a Phy Ed/Health teacher at LaCrescent. We love to be outside, cheer on the MN Wild and Packers, and travel.
My favorites: Pizza, cheesecake, and pasta!



Mrs. Julie Arentz - High School Counselor
Hello Everyone!  I have been a school counselor for 17 years (14 at La Crescent High School and 3 here!!). My undergraduate degree is Political Science with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from UW-La Crosse. My first plan was to be a criminal defense attorney. I then decided to pursue another path and pursued a Master's Degree in School Counseling from Winona State. I have been married for 21 years, have 2 children, Jon and Allie, and a dog, Bentley. My favorite foods are pizza, pasta and popcorn. I enjoy watching college football and volleyball. 

I like to laugh and have fun!!


Mrs. Angela Elsen- Administrative Assistant
I grew up in La Crescent, MN. I attended Western Technical College for business management. I have worked in the La Crescent School District as an administrative assistant before moving to West Salem. My husband Jim and I were married in Hawaii! We live in West Salem with our blended family of Alivia, Aaron, Joshua & Carly and dog Sadie.