Annette Monsivais, head counselor at Montwood High School, has been selected as a 2018 Texas School Counselor of the Year finalist by the Lone Star State School Counselor Association.
Monsivais is one of five Texas counselors to be selected as a finalist for the state recognition. The award honors professionals who run a top-notch, comprehensive school counseling program, and devote their careers to advocating for students, addressing their academic, social and emotional development, and college and career readiness needs.
“This is such an honor,” Monsivais said. “I am blessed to be at a campus that supports the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) model, and I am excited to represent my school and district at the state level.”
Monsivais began her educational career as an English as a Second Language teacher in 1999. In 2014, she became a counselor because she wanted to work with students at a different capacity. One of her greatest accomplishments as head counselor has been incorporating the ASCA data-driven program at her campus.
“We began this journey several years ago,” she said. “We wanted to redirect the paradigm, strengthen our program and demonstrate proof of the positive results. We set our goals, from data, attendance, to behavior and we back them up with results.”
Monsivais was nominated for the award by other school counselors, teachers and administrators. She will be recognized at the third annual LSSSCA conference this November in Frisco, TX. If she is selected as the Texas School Counselor of the Year, she will advance to the National School Counselor of the Year contest.
“I’m eager to show that even though I come from one of the largest districts in El Paso, following the ASCA model is still feasible,” she said. “I want to highlight SISD’s endless opportunities and Montwood’s model ‘Where Excellence Abounds,’ so we can continue to be an example for everyone else.”