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School Counselor of the Year 

ASCA is pleased to announce the five finalists for the 2021 School Counselor of the Year awards program (#SCOY21). The award honors exemplary school counseling professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation’s students, helping them achieve success in school and in life. The five finalists are:
  • Vanessa Barnes, Millbrook Magnet High School, Raleigh, N.C. 
  • Megan Bledsoe, Discovery Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.
  • Olivia Carter, Jefferson Elementary School, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
  • Sarah Flier, Willow River Elementary School, Hudson, Wis.
  • Barbara Truluck, Palmer Middle School, Kennesaw, Ga.
“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.” ASCA will announce the 2021 School Counselor of the Year in late fall. Read more.


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.

Learn more about the 2020 state school counselors of the year. View and download 2020 School Counselor of the Year event photos here