School counselors play an important role in students’ lives; whether they are helping students cope with difficult personal situations or advising them on what post-secondary option is right for them, school counselors can make a big impact on the health and well-being of an entire school. 

The Michigan School Counselor Association wants to recognize outstanding school counselors across the state for their work in Michigan’s schools, and are currently seeking nominations for Michigan School Counselor of the Year. The individual who is awarded this title is then eligible for consideration as the American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the year. 

If you have an outstanding school counselor working in your building, nominate them for this prestigious honor. Below are the qualifications considered for nominations: 

  • Candidates can be from any level (elementary, middle/junior high, high school). 
  • Candidates should be implementing a comprehensive program aligned with MTSS with services provided in the domains of academic, social/emotional, and career development.  
  • Data informed programming is helpful to vet candidates as well.  
  • Types of services to consider are
    • Classroom lessons in all domains, 
    • College and career preparation work, 
    • Small group interventions
    • Individual counseling 
    • Demonstrated leadership at the building, district, or regional/state level.  
  • Candidates should evidence the ability to work with various stakeholders through collaboration, consultation, and referrals. 

Click here to access the application

Nominating worthy school counselors can be an energizing and hope filled endeavor, allowing administrators the space to consider how these talented individuals serve all students and make their buildings a place where all students can shine.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Judy Williams, Michigan School Counselor Association President. 

Written by Alicia Pilmore, MASSP Communications and Marketing Manager

Information provided by Judy Williams, Michigan School Counselor Association President.