Starr Elementary counselor a finalist for national honor

Press Staff Writer

        Julie Taylor, counselor at Starr Elementary School in Oregon, is among four finalists for the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) 2020 School Counselor of the Year awards program (#SCOY2020).
        The award honors exemplary school counseling professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for
the nation’s students, helping them achieve success in school and in life.
        Other finalists include Amanda Jo Bustamante, Paso Del Norte School, El Paso, Texas; Jennifer Kline, Festus High School, Festus, Missouri and Laura Ross, Five Forks Middle School, Lawrenceville, Georgia.
        ASCA will announce the 2020 School Counselor of the Year in late fall.
        Nominations for the School Counselor of the Year awards program were submitted by ASCA-affiliated state school counselor associations.
        The awards panel selected the finalists based on several criteria, including school counseling innovations, exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills, and contributions to student outcomes.
        “These School Counselor of the Year finalists have demonstrated their commitment to the values and mission of the school counseling profession,” said Richard Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “The research is clear: school counselors have a significant impact on students’ academic achievement, social/emotional development and postsecondary planning. The annual School Counselor of the Year award highlights their dedication, contribution and excellence.”
        The finalists and their principals will travel to Washington, D.C., in late January for special celebratory and educational events, including a black-tie gala.
        Last fall, Taylor was named the Ohio School Counselor of the Year by the Ohio School Counselors Association.
        During her counseling career, she has created character education curriculum for students, presented at both the All Ohio Counselors Conference and the American School Counselors Conference, along with helping to develop school counseling standards for school counselors in the state of Ohio.
        For additional information on the American School Counselor Association, visit


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