Although the pandemic has once again canceled an in-person awards ceremony, that didn’t stop OCDE from honoring nine local school counselors for their dedication and commitment to Orange County students and families.
As we mentioned, National School Counseling Week is celebrated the first week in February to recognize school counselors’ unique contribution within our school systems. During this special week, the Orange County Department of Education recognizes exemplary school counselors and school counselor advocates from across the county who work tirelessly to support student success.
This year, the Orange County School Counselor Recognition Program and School Counselor Advocate Award Program recognized six incredible school counselors and three school counselor advocates. They are:
2021 School Counselor Recognition Awardees
Veronica Alvarez from Savanna High School, Anaheim Union High School District
Robert Stelmar from Brea Olinda High School, Brea Olinda Unified School District
Jessica Sandoval from Marco Forster Middle School, Capistrano Unified School District
Laurie Tristan from MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School, Santa Ana Unified School District
Julie Chutuk from Kinoshita Elementary School, Capistrano Unified School District
Rosy Chavez from Ponderosa Elementary School, Anaheim Elementary School District
2021 School Counselor Advocate Awardees
Jenni Thai, Counselor on Special Assignment from Capistrano Unified School District
Nicol Jonesand Kathryn White, Officers of Parent Teacher Student Organization from Cerro Villa Middle School in Orange Unified School District
About the awards
The Orange County School Counselor Recognition Program was created in 2018 to honor counselors and their contributions to positive school climates and student success. Two years ago, awards were expanded to include those who advocate strongly on behalf of comprehensive counseling services. Each honoree demonstrated a high level of commitment in the following areas:
To help celebrate National School Counseling Week, the American School Counselor Association has put together a toolkit equipped with resources for schools and districts to show support and appreciation for local counselors.