Counselor Information

Sturgis Williams Middle School

(605) 347-5232

Natalie Serbousek 

This is Mrs. Serbousek’s  2nd year at SWMS and third year as a School Counselor. She has an undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s in School Counseling from the University of Missouri. Mrs. Serbousek (or “Serbo”) moved to Sturgis from Kansas City (GO CHIEFS!) last year with her husband, a veterinarian in Sturgis, and dog, Bear. In her free time, Mrs. Serbousek enjoys running, hiking, snow-boarding and doing various Pinterest-inspired DIY projects. She is very excited to have the opportunity to be at SWMS full-time this year!

Maria Hartung 

Mrs. Hartung (pronounced HAR-TOON), is enjoying her first year as a School Counselor at SWMS. Prior to deciding to go back to school to become a School Counselor, Mrs. Hartung worked in admissions and marketing for Black Hills State University where she also received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 2007. Mrs. Hartung made the decision to return to South Dakota State University’s Rapid City campus to obtain her Master's degree in Counseling with an emphasis in School Counseling back in 2013 and will finish her program in December of 2016. Mrs. Hartung lives in Summerset with her husband Josh and twin two year old boys, Henry & Oliver. Being with her family takes up most of her time, but she also enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, snowshoeing and cheering on the Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Hardrockers and the Denver Broncos. 

What do School Counselors do? 

The School Counselors at Sturgis Williams Middle School work with students on an individual, small group and whole-class level to help them face the unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement. Our School Counselors also attend and participate in academic intervention meetings, organize and administer building testing, consult with parents, teachers, administrators and students, respond to school crises or emergency situations, and provide information and resources to parents for a variety of issues.