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SISD’s Hurshel Antwine counselor named 2019 Texas School Counselor of the Year

Amanda Bustamante, counselor at Hurshel Antwine Elementary, was recently named the 2019 Texas School Counselor of the Year by the Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA).

The School Counselor of the Year Award honors professionals who devote their careers to advocate for students, address their academic and social/emotional development, and college and career readiness.

“I am humbled and grateful for this incredible honor,” Bustamante said. “My calling in life is to be a school counselor, and it is the absolute best profession in the world. I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do every single day.”

Bustamante was selected from four finalists who have created systemic change within the profession through significant leadership, collaboration and advocacy, according to LSSSCA.

To earn the award, Bustamante completed an extensive application process, and was judged by a panel of counseling professionals on multiple criteria, including school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership skills, and contributions to student achievement.

Before joining the SISD counseling team in 2014, Bustamante was a math and science teacher at Lujan-Chavez and Sun Ridge Middle School. The longtime educator says she has worked hard to develop an American School Counselor Association (ASCA) based, comprehensive counseling program since becoming a school counselor.

“The most important part of being a school counselor is acting in the best interest of students,” she said. “I strive to make decisions based on what is best for students and advocate for them in all that I do. I am passionate about my profession. I love the kids, faculty, and community that I serve.”

Bustamante will be recognized at the LSSSCA conference in November. She will go on to represent Texas in the American School Counselor Association’s National School Counselor of the Year Awards program. The National School Counselor of the Year will be announced in November and recognized in the spring of 2020.

“We are so proud of Amanda,” said Tammi Mackeben, director of guidance and counseling. “She is a fabulous school counselor and she will represent Team SISD and Texas at the highest level.”

15 Socorro ISD Counseling Programs Win State Awards

Fifteen Socorro Independent School District counseling teams are being recognized by the Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA) for winning the 2017-2018 Lone Star Award.

The 15 SISD campuses were among the 32 counseling programs statewide that received the distinction. The Lone Star Award recognizes counseling teams for their effective school counseling programs that advocate for students.

“We are very proud of the 15 school counseling programs that received the Lone Star Bronze and Silver Awards,” said Tammy Mackeben, director of guidance and counseling. “This is a true testament to the quality counseling programs we have in Socorro ISD focusing on academic, career and social emotional needs of all students.”

Seven counseling teams earned a Silver Award and eight teams received a Bronze Award. The silver award recipients are Helen Ball, James P. Butler, Sgt. Roberto Ituarte elementary schools, Desert Wind and Paso del Norte K-8 schools, SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School and Montwood High School.

Bronze Award recipients are Chester E. Jordan, Hurshel Antwine, Lujan-Chavez and Purple Heart elementary schools, Bill Sybert and John Drugan K-8 schools, and Socorro and Capt. Water E. Clarke middle schools.

Next year, the association will create criteria for a Gold level award. The Lone Star Award is designed to progressively prepare school counselors to be recognized by the American School Counselors Association as Recognized ASCA Model Program winners. RAMP honors school counselors who are running a top-notch, comprehensive school counseling program at either the elementary, middle or high school level.

“Although the awards are exciting, the most important part of the recognition are the excellent services provided to Team SISD students,” Mackeben said.

The teams will be recognized at the 2nd annual School Counselor Conference Nov. 5-7, 2017 in Frisco, TX.

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