Each year counselors are recognized for their hard work and dedication during National School Counseling Week. This year, February 6-10, was set aside to honor these employees.
Most school guidance counselors were teachers first and all have Master’s Degrees and PPS Counseling Credentials. They work with students in the areas of academic planning, career exploration, and personal/social support.
“Our increased graduation rates can be attributed to the work that the counselors do to keep students informed about graduation requirements and motivated to realize full academic potential.”
- Christy Fraley, Resource Counselor, KHSD
Counselors meet with their students and create 4-year academic plans as well as develop personal skills such as self-efficacy, determination, and persistence.
“Counselors are integrally involved in the creation of a positive school culture and work diligently to create a sense of self-awareness and social connectedness. They also assist students in the selection of classes, help set career goals, identify college opportunities, and teach the students about financial aid.” - Christy Fraley, Resource Counselor, KHSD
Every year the counselors are recognized with a certificate from the district office. Most school sites publicly acknowledge their counselors during this special week by creating posters of appreciation, treating them to a special recognition lunch, and thanking counselors for all the work they do.