Aili has been working in the mental health field for the last 10 years and really enjoys her proactive-preventative role as a school counselor. Aili has the pleasure of visiting all K-5 classrooms where she covers topics of bulling prevention and sexual abuse prevention education. These lessons are done through literature, discussion, role plays and games. Aili also loves running Lunch Bunches where discussions about emotions, peers, and family fill their time together. Finally, the challenge of assisting a child, parent or teacher design a plan of care to help a student reach their goals are very thrilling and fulfilling.
Outside of school Aili enjoys participating in outdoor activities with her Swiss husband and their two young daughters. They love swimming, hiking, biking, camping and canoeing together. They have also been known to celebrate their Estonian culture with a song or a dance whenever possible.
Auriel has worked as a school counselor in South Burlington since 1987, when she started at Chamberlin School with principal and mentor Rick Marcotte. She has always enjoyed bringing her love for mind-body wellness approaches to her work with students, teachers, and families. Auriel is also a formally trained yoga teacher with many hours in educational applications of mindfulness practices. She is thrilled to be using state-of-the-art, evidence-based mindfulness curricula like MindUp and "paws b" in her regular K-5 guidance classes.
Auriel lives in Burlington with her husband Adrian and preschool son Zoryan. As a family they enjoy swimming and nature walks and taking in diverse cultural events and performances. Another area of interest for Auriel is being a world citizen, as she grew up internationally and is married to a Canadian-Ukrainian. She greatly appreciates working in a school with such a diverse population and continues to learn much from Orchard’s lively student and family community, as well as her many fine colleagues.