School Counselor of the Year Award
Congratulations to Olivia Carter, school counselor, Jefferson Elementary School, Cape Girardeau, Mo., the 2021 School Counselor of the Year (#SCOY21). “Olivia has single-handedly brought trauma-informed practices to our school and built a team of educators on our trauma team that has helped transform our school and better fit the needs of our students,” said Zech Payne, Jefferson Elementary School assistant principal. Read more about Carter and view the announcement video.
“Each year, this School Counselor of the Year program shows us what the research tells us – that school counselors have a significant impact on students’ academic achievement, social/emotional development and plans for life after graduation,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “Through their dedication, contributions and excellence, these finalists have demonstrated their commitment to the values and mission of the school counseling profession.”
The 2021 School Counselor of the Year finalists are: Vanessa Barnes, Millbrook Magnet High School, Raleigh, N.C.; Megan Bledsoe, Discovery Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.; Sarah Flier, Willow River Elementary School, Hudson, Wis.; Barbara Truluck, Palmer Middle School, Kennesaw, Ga.
Carter, the finalists and the state school counselors of the year will be highlighted and honored during National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1–5, 2021. Check out all the scheduled events.
2021 School Counselor of the Year Gala
2021 National School Counseling Week Activities and Events
Download each day's sign, take a picture with it and post to your social media channels with #NSCW21. Follow the #NSCW21 to see how school counselors across the country are celebrating. Download the Happy National School Counseling Week (PDF) sign.
- Monday, Feb. 1: I’m All In for students because (PDF)
- Tuesday, Feb. 2: I’m All In for my professional development because (PDF)
- Wednesday, Feb. 3: I’m All In for collaboration because (PDF)
- Thursday, Feb. 4: I’m All In for building an equitable and inclusive school because (PDF)
- Friday, Feb. 5: I’m All In for school counseling because (PDF)
- Monday, Feb. 1: Webinar: TeacherTalk: School Counselors Collaborating for Student Success, 4 p.m. EST
- Tuesday, Feb. 2: Webinar: State of the Profession: Protecting the School Counselor Role, 2 p.m. EST
- Wednesday, Feb. 3: Webinar: State of the Profession: School Counselors Respond to COVID-19, 2 p.m. EST
- Thursday, Feb. 4: Webinar: State of the Profession: School Counselor Demographics and DEI, 2 p.m. EST
- Friday, Feb. 5: Webinar: State of the Profession Q&A, 2 p.m. EST
2020 School Counselor of the Year
Congratulations to Laura Ross, school counselor, Five Forks Middle School, Lawrenceville, Ga., the 2020 School Counselor of the Year. “Laura is a true hero when it comes to helping us grow as a school in building relationships with our students,” said Christine Douthart, principal, Five Forks Middle School. “She is a school counselor who has the best interest of students at the heart of everything she does." Read more about Ross. The 2020 School Counselor of the Year finalists are: Amanda Jo Bustamante, school counselor, Paso Del Norte School, El Paso, Texas; Jennifer Kline, school counselor, Festus High School, Festus, Mo.; Julie Taylor, school counselor, Starr Elementary School, Oregon, Ohio.