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School Counselor of the Year 



Congratulations to 2018 School Counselor of the Year Kirsten Perry, school counselor, Lawndale Community Academy. Perry, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul University, has been a school counselor for six years and has been at Lawndale since 2015. 


The School Counselor of the Year award honors professionals who devote their careers to advocating for the nation’s students and addressing their academic and social/emotional development and college and career readiness needs. Read more.

The following school counselors were named 2018 School Counselor of the Year finalists:

Perry, the finalists and the state school counselors of the year were honored by former First Lady Michelle Obama at a celebration at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in early February, Watch the full event. 



State school counselor associations accept applications and/or nominations and select their state school counselor of the year recipient. Then, each state school counselor association submits its state recipient to ASCA to be considered for the School Counselor of the Year. A review panel consisting of school counseling professionals and representatives from educational associations, such as AASA: The School Superintendents Association, ACT; the College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, selects the finalists and the School Counselor of the Year based on several criteria and factors, including school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills, contributions to student advancement, letters of recommendation and a video showcasing the school and applicant.


2017 School Counselor of the Year: Terri Tchorzynski, Calhoun Area Career Center, Battle Creek, Mich. Read more.

2016 School Counselor of the Year: Katherine Pastor, school counselor, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff, Ariz. Read more.

2015 School Counselor of the Year: Cory Notestine, school counselor, Alamosa High School, Alamosa, Colo. Read more.

2014 School Counselor of the Year: Robin Zorn, school counselor, M.H. Mason Jr Elementary School, Duluth, Ga. Read more.

2013 School Counselor of the Year: Mindy Willard, school counselor, Sunset Ridge Elementary School, Glendale, Ariz. Read and watch more.

2012 School Counselor of the Year: Nicole Pfleger, Nickajack Elementary School, Smyrna, Ga. Read more.

2011 School Counselor of the Year: Randy McPherson, Trezevant Career & Technology Center, Memphis City Schools, Memphis, Tenn. 

2010 School Counselor of the Year: Barbara Micucci, Caley Elementary School, King of Prussia, Pa. .

2009 School Counselor of the Year: Julie Hartline, Campbell High School, Smyrna, Ga. 

2008 School Counselor of the Year: Tammi Mackeben, Ernesto Serna K-8, El Paso, Texas.