Mindy Willard Named 2013 School Counselor of the Year
Mindy Willard, a school counselor from Sunset Ridge Elementary School in Glendale, Ariz., has been named the 2013 School Counselor of the Year. A school counselor since 2004, Willard is continually looking for new, innovative ideas to support students and teachers and make Sunset Ridge Elementary School a better place, said Carrie Prielipp, principal, Sunset Ridge Elementary School.
The School Counselor of the Year winner and finalists are judged by a select panel on several criteria: creative school counseling innovations, effective counseling programs, leadership skills and contributions to student enhancement. Willard, along with the four School Counselor of the Year finalists, will be flown to Washington, D.C., in late January 2013 for three days of celebratory events. The honorees will have meetings with their members of Congress, attend a congressional briefing and be formally recognized at a black-tie gala.
2013 School Counselor of the Year Finalists
Katrina Beddes, Holt Elementary School, Clearfield, Utah
Ruth Lohmeyer, Lincoln Northeast High School, Lincoln, Neb.
Alice Weiler, Loyalsock Valley Elementary School, Montoursville, Pa.
Shelby T. Wyatt, Ed.D., Kenwood Academy High School, Chicago, Ill.
Twenty-six School Counselor of the Year semi-finalists were also selected. Read more.
2012 School Counselor of the Year: Nicole Pfleger, Nickajack Elementary School, Smyrna, Ga. Read more.
2008 School Counselor of the Year: Tammi Mackeben, Ernesto Serna K-8, El Paso, Texas. View the School Counselor of the Year video.