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Ophelia King of MPS receives Friend of School Counseling Award

Ophelia King Milwaukee Public Schools congratulates Ophelia King, Manager II School Counseling, in the Department of College and Career Readiness for Milwaukee Public Schools. King has been recognized with the 2021 Wisconsin School Counselor Association’s Friend of School Counseling Award.

Recipients of the award demonstrate profound impact on the school counseling profession and the lives of students. Winners are determined based on their contributions to school counseling programs, leadership, and service to their community.

An excerpt from King’s nomination reveals the qualities that earned her this award. “Ms. King diligently works . . . for the students and families of Milwaukee Public Schools . . . From her efforts, 16 additional counselors have been hired and assigned to MPS schools with the greatest needs. Ms. King continuously fights to ensure school counselors have a seat at the table when critical conversations occur. Students are her number one priority and having effective school counseling services is in their best interests.”

King is an MPS alumna who graduated from John Marshall High School and began working for the district in 2000 as a substitute teacher. She is motivated by serving students and families. “I am determined to advocate for the student who comes from where I am from. As long as I am there, they won't be left out,” she shared. “I love providing hope for students. I love making them aware of the greatness inside of them. In recent years, I have grown a love and appreciation for empowering school counselors and parents. As adults, we need affirmation as well.”

King also shared her belief that as educators, parents, and society, we have a responsibility to create an environment of hope, love, and the very best conditions to provide children with a quality education that will enable them to become confident, successful learners who can achieve their aspirations.

Congratulations on your award!


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

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