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Two counselors in the Ysleta Independent School District have earned statewide accolades from the Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA) for the outstanding and comprehensive counseling program at Indian Ridge Middle School.
The counselors – Michael Enriquez and Deborah Walker – each received 2020 Silver Awards from the LSSSCA after demonstrating success in their counseling programs in a variety of areas, such as being data-driven; focusing on goal completion; and aligning with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model.
“This award is an honor and very important for our counseling program and Indian Ridge Middle School because it means we are able to provide counseling access to all students in an equitable manner,” Walker said.
“We are fortunate to have administrators who wholeheartedly support our program, and realize the need for a strong social emotional learning component on the campus,” Walker added. “Our teachers are the best, and are a part of the village working together to positively impact the lives of the beautiful children we are blessed to serve each and every day.”
Overall, LSSSCA evaluates school counseling programs in 10 areas:
- Vision & Mission Statement
- Annual Student Outcome Goals
- Classroom and Group Mindsets & Behaviors Action Plan
- Annual Administrative Conference
- Advisory Council
- Lesson Plans
- Classroom Instruction Results Report
- Small-Group Results Report
- Closing-the-Gap Action Plan/Results Report
“Working with our students at Indian Ridge is an incredible privilege,” Enriquez said. “They’ve given me a new perspective on life and my career as a counselor and educator; they’ve kept me on my toes and kept me young throughout the years. At times it’s been stressful, but the rewards of building long lasting relationships with our students has brought so much joy to my life.”
LSSSCA’s awards system consists of three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
Each award has increasing levels of rigor designed to elevate school counselor programs to national recognition through the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP).