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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.

SISD’s Paso del Norte Counselor named Texas School Counselor of the Year

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.

Morales agreed.

“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.

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