Knaup named counselor of the year

Kati Knaup with Blanchard Principal Dr. Barb Kohlfeld

Kati Knaup is the 2020 Southeast Missouri School Counselor Association’s Elementary Counselor of the Year.  The surprise announcement was made at the organization’s recent banquet held at the Cape Career & Technology Center.

Mrs. Knaup has been a school counselor for six years after joining Cape Girardeau Public Schools’ Blanchard Elementary in the fall of 2014.  It’s a job she says is her calling.  


“Working directly with students is what I love most about my job,” Knaup said.  “I am the most fulfilled as a school counselor when I am working with individual students and small groups.”  

Knaup, who is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, is a Southeast Missouri State University graduate.  She also holds a Masters of Science in Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and is currently working on a Specialist in school counseling.

“School counseling has changed a lot since I was a student.  Most people are surprised to know how much time I spend with students teaching skills proactively,” said Knaup.  “ Many view the school counselor as the person who helps students when there is a problem at home or school.  This is true.  However, I spend the majority of my time teaching students social/emotional skills that will serve them well in school and in life.”