Ms. Aja - School Counselor
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My name is Aja Ruff and I am the school counselor here at Anwatin! I grew up in Buffalo, NY and went to college at the University at Buffalo for my Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences - Childhood Mental Health and Niagara University for my Master's degree in School Counseling. I moved to Minneapolis in 2017 have been a school counselor for Minneapolis Public Schools every since, and have been at Anwatin since 2018.
I have a passion for working with young humans and doing my part in helping to shape their young minds, help provide them with support, and give them the tools necessary not just to make it through middle school, but to thrive in high school, adulthood, and life in general. At Anwatin, I work with all 575 Anwatin students in grades 6, 7 & 8 and my office is located at room 121 at the front of the building. I love working with our Anwatin community. All students know they are welcome in Ms. Aja's office.
I will be available by email Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4pm during the state-wide closure of schools (see below for my contact).  Please know I will return your email as soon as I can but may not be immediately available.  If you have an urgent mental health need, please call Hennepin County Child Crisis at 612-348-2233 or if it is an emergency, dial 911.
Aja Ruff, MS (She/ Her/ Hers)
Licensed School Counselor
Anwatin Middle School
612-668-2455 (direct line)