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District Mental Health Specialist

Hello! I am Lauren (Wagoner) Keesling, the district Mental Health Specialist for PGS and PHS. I am a PHS Class of 2011 alumni. I graduated from LTC in 2013 and transferred to University of Southern Indiana, Evansville. I graduated from USI with my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2017 and Master’s Degree of Social work in 2019. After grad school, I moved to Indianapolis and worked as a school/home based therapist for a behavioral health corporation for two years. I am excited to be back in Palestine with all the wonderful staff and students!


I just got married in October 2022 to my husband Brad.  We have two cats named Andy and Arnold as well as other cats that randomly show up at our house. We recently got a puppy named Darla. 

I am also the 5/6 grade basketball coach since 2022. My 6th graders this year did very well and we had a couple of wins during the season. My 5th graders had some wins to and ended up getting 4th place in the Hutsonville Tournament.



Contact Information


Palestine Grade School: (618) 586-2711

Palestine High School: (618) 586-2712

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