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Cindy Pingel
Counseling Para
This is my third year with Russell Middle School as the Counseling Office Para. I am honored to be a part of such a terrific school.

My husband and I have an 11 yr old son Chandler, that is attending Russell this year as a 7th grader. We are proud pet parents of one beagle named Macy and a yellow tabby cat named Sunshine (I had nothing to do with naming him). We moved to the Omaha area in 2012 from a suburb of Chicago, where we lived for 15 years. We are a family that loves the outdoors. We enjoy fishing, hiking, camping and family game nights together in our downtime. I enjoy reading and watching movies as well. I am a crafty person that enjoys scrapbooking and refinishing furniture when time allows. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of our new new students and catching up with our returning students in the weeks to come. I wish our Russell staff, students and parents all the best this school year. This year is going to be a great year!

Mrs. Stef Lorenzen

Grade 6 Counselor

I am very excited to work with the 6th graders during my 7th year at Russell Middle School and 12th year with Millard Public Schools. My husband Ryan and I have four daughters who range in age from a toddler to a sophomore in college. I enjoying reading, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

Mrs. Mandy Farwell

Grade 7 Counselor

I am very excited to be joining the Russell Middle School team. My husband is the Principal at Black Elk Elementary. We have a 2 year old daughter and an 9 year old pug. Both "children" keep us busy! I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs. Kristy Fleming

Grade 8 Counselor

I am a Nebraska native and grew up in Lincoln. I am married to Jeremy who is a 3rd grade teacher at Wheeler Elementary. Together we have 3 children; Brayden, Brandt & Brinley as well as 2 chocolate labs; Mya & Macy. Our family is active outdoors going swimming, fishing and hunting with a little gardening when the weather is right. I love my job as a counselor because I feel it’s important for students to have a sounding board during the transition between elementary and high school. These are important years of self-discovery and, at times, uncertainty. My goal is to be an additional adult in your student’s life to help through the highs and lows of middle school.