Five Socorro Independent School District counseling teams have won a 2019 Lone Star State School Counseling Association Award, a prestigious distinction that deems them the best in Texas.
“We are so proud of our school counseling program Lone Star Award winners,” said Tammi Mackeben, SISD director of guidance and counseling. “These phenomenal school counselors have created an outstanding data driven ASCA Model school counseling program that benefits all students. Our school counselors are the lifeline of the school and Team SISD thanks each one for their dedication.”
LSSSCA has three awards levels: bronze, silver and gold. Each level is met with increased levels of rigor designed to elevate school counselor programs to national recognition through the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) awards.
Purple Heart Elementary School earned a gold award and Escontrias Elementary earned a silver award. Dr. Sue Shook, O’Shea Keleher and Sierra Vista elementary schools won bronze awards.
“I’m honored to accept this award,” said Arturo Escajeda, counselor at Purple Heart. “This would not be possible without my counseling partner Bea Issa and everyone at Purple Heart Elementary School. I am grateful for the children of Purple Heart for whom I have been called to serve to the best of my abilities.”
Escontrias counselors, Enrique Viramontes and Clarissa Cortez, said they were grateful to have participated in the awards program because it helps them become more effective counselors.
“We get to see what areas we need to improve in and it pushes us to do better,” Viramontes said. “Three years ago, we won the bronze prize and this year we won silver. Our goal for next time is to win gold.”
Awards criteria for winning counseling teams is based on a number of things, including the program goals, mindset and behaviors for student success, core curriculum action plan, lesson plans, program and an evaluation reflection.
SISD award winning counseling teams will be recognized at the LSSSCA annual conference Nov. 3-5 in Frisco, Texas.