Cristina Nuñez, counselor at Paso del Norte School was selected as the 2017 Texas School Counselor of the Year by the Lone Star State School Counselor Association for her outstanding service and achievement.
Nuñez was one of five Texas counselors in the running for the prestigious award which recognizes her as an advocate for Texas students. She has 15 years of experience in education, eight which have been in counseling.
“This is a wonderful honor,” Nuñez said. “I feel very humbled to have received this award. This recognition is indeed a team effort. The work we get to do every day is invaluable. I am honored to be a part of challenges that our students face and intervene with guidance and plant seeds of hope.”
The Paso del Norte counselor was nominated for the award by other school counselors, teachers and administrators. As the Texas School Counselor of the Year, she will represent Texas in the ASCA School Counselor of the Year Awards process which will be announced late September, early October.
Nuñez also will be recognized at the second annual LSSSCA conference in November. To date, Texas has had one national school counselor of the year and one national top five finalist.
Two other Socorro Independent School District counselors were selected as Texas School Counselor of the Year finalists: Angie Morales, school counselor at Campestre Elementary School and Jennifer Madrid, school counselor at James P. Butler Elementary.
“We are so proud of these three outstanding school counselors,” said Tammi Mackeben, director of guidance and counseling. “Each of the counselors has a comprehensive data driven program that follows the American School Counselor Association National Model and will not only represent Socorro ISD, but the state of Texas in a positive manner. What an honor for Team SISD!”
The three Team SISD counselors credit their accomplishment to the district’s guidance and counseling team.
“This recognition would not be possible without the amazing support of our campus administration and district counseling leadership team that guides us and provides us the tools to have a model counseling program,” Madrid said.
“I’m very grateful to have earned the nomination and it means a lot to be one of the five finalists,” Morales said. “Everything we do is for our students and we always keep in mind to treat and educate every one of them as if they were our own.”
Madrid has been a school counselor for five years and has more than 21 years of experience in education. Morales has been in the counseling profession for eight years and has 11 years of education experience.