phaedra_poppen.jpgPhaedra Poppen

Licensed School Counselor

Where do you live?

My husband and I live in the middle of Minnesota in the small town of Royalton, mostly known for Treasure City. We enjoy the quiet life in the country, but also love getting away and traveling.

Why did you become a counselor?

My high school counselor was a great role model for me, so I knew that I wanted to be a school counselor, too. I started with BlueSky in 2007 and these years have been extremely rewarding. I look forward to my future here so I can continue to inspire students to reach their full potential

The staff at BlueSky cares deeply about the success of each student and goes above and beyond to help.

Why did you choose BlueSky?

I chose BlueSky because it is a wonderful place to make personal connections with the students and help them work toward their goals. Being able to meet with students face-to-face at conferences, testing, and especially graduation can be very exciting. I enjoy working with a staff that cares deeply about the success of each student.

What do you think makes BlueSky special?

All students have a team with regular contact and individual attention. The staff at BlueSky cares deeply about the success of each student and goes above and beyond to help.

What do you like to do when you're not working at BlueSky?

When weather allows, we enjoy boating and four-wheeling. In the winter, I enjoy staying warm while reading, playing cards, and watching movies. Our favorite pastime is traveling, having enjoyed road trips in the United States and trips outside the country

If there were one thing you could tell people about BlueSky, what would it be?

BlueSky is a school unlike any other, with an awesome staff that truly cares about every student. We want to see each student succeed and will provide support to help them reach their goals, especially the goal of earning their diploma.


  • M.S., Counseling Psychology, St. Cloud State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Dallas Baptist University
  • Minnesota Teaching License: K-12 School Counseling