It’s time to recognize your favorite school counselors and counseling advocates

The Orange County Department of Education is gathering nominations for its annual Counselor Recognition Program.

Established in 2018, the awards program spotlights outstanding local school counselors and school counseling advocates who consistently go above and beyond to support students, staff, schools and families. 

Nominations for 2022 are due by Jan. 28, and the winners will be announced during National School Counseling Week, which is Feb. 7-11.

Here are brief descriptions of this year’s Counselor Recognition Program award categories, along with links to online nomination forms that include the eligibility criteria and additional details.

Orange County K-12 School Counselor Award

Do you know or work with outstanding school counselors at your site or district? This is your chance to show how much of an impact they’re making on students and their communities.

Orange County K-12 School Counselor Award Nomination Form 

Orange County School Counselor Advocate Award

This category celebrates individuals who advocate for school counselors or counseling programs. Examples include K-12 or community college leaders, superintendents, administrators or others who support school counseling teams and the profession. 

Orange County School Counselor Advocate Award Nomination Form

For more information, contact OCDE K-12 School Counseling Services Coordinator Luz M. Arellano at And for ways to celebrate or promote 2022 National School Counseling Week, check out these resources from the American School Counselor Association.