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School counselors are spotlighted for National School Counseling Week

Celebrate school counselors!Do you know a school counselor, or do you remember a school counselor from your youth? Every day, school counselors impact the lives of students and help children find success in school. This week, thank a school counselor!

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), is Feb. 1–5, 2021. It focuses public attention on the unique contributions of professional school counselors within U.S. schools in helping students achieve in school, navigate life, and plan for a career. School counselors promote success by seeing each child for his or her own needs and taking steps to meet those needs, whether a new backpack or comfort after the loss of a loved one.

During a typical school year, counselors are actively engaged in working with parents to understand a child’s personal situation; in focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational, and career development; and in working with teachers and other educators so students can realize their potential and set healthy aspirations for themselves. The training and experience of school counselors makes them an integral part of the total education program.

Milwaukee Public Schools wishes to acknowledge a group of counselors who have received recognitions for exceptional work in our schools.

Sarah Huber of Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts has been recognized by the school counseling department with the Going the Extra Mile Award. She received this award because she is always willing to support students and families and she demonstrates her leadership in training new school counselors. Sarah works to help children set and reach academic, social, emotional, and career goals.

Debbie Lewis-Thomas has been recognized by the school counseling department with the Going the Extra Mile Award. Debbie is instrumental in the 8th Grade Career Fair and the Early Enrollment Fair Parent Session. She is always willing to advise and coach new and veteran counselors. Debbie implements the comprehensive school counseling program at five MPS schools: Auer, Brown, Jackson, Riverwest, and Siefert. She supports all students by helping them set and reach academic, social, emotional, and career goals. 

Bianca Willingham of Fernwood Montessori has been recognized by the school counseling department with the Going the Extra Mile Award.  Bianca contributes to district committees to help advance the work of counseling, and her leadership and advocacy skills are evident in the way she works with others. She supports all students by helping them set and reach academic, social, emotional, and career goals. She is an advocate for all her students and families.

Mounir Corban of Golda Meir has been recognized by the school counseling department with the Going the Extra Mile Award. Mounir is also a Herb Kohl Foundation nominee. Mounir has worked on district-wide committees to review and develop curriculum. He supports all students by helping them set and reach academic, social, emotional, and career goals, and is an advocate for all his students and families.

High School Counseling Departments

Golda Meir: The school counseling department at Golda Meir has been recognized for its work with students during the pandemic. In the spring, despite the challenges, Golda Meir’s school counselors found creative and innovate ways to celebrate the class of 2020. The work of the counseling department was felt throughout the community. This counseling team made sure that all seniors were acknowledged and supported. The department includes Director Angilique Jones Cornelius, Kelly Lockwood, John Hickeither, and Mounir Corban.

Milwaukee School of Languages: The school counseling department at MSL has been recognized for its work with students during the pandemic. In the spring, MSL school counselors designed virtual programming to highlight the accomplishments of their seniors. The work of the counseling department was felt throughout the community. The team hosted drive-thru parades to bring students together in a safe manner. This counseling team made sure that all seniors were acknowledged and supported. The department includes Director Amy O’Neal, Dulce Rosas, Kelly Lockwood, and Nelly Anderson.

MPS is proud of the work being done every day by school counselors to help students achieve in school and support their personal well-being. Thank you, counselors!

During National School Counseling Week, please recognize and thank a school counselor for the important work they are doing.

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Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

armsev@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
414-688-9664

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

douglas@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
414-940-2702

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