A counselor at Hoover High School in San Diego was recently named a finalist for the national School Counselor of the Year awards.
The counselor, Tawnya Pringle, will travel to Washington, D.C. Nov. 10 for in-person interviews and in January for three days of events and ceremonies.
Pringle is one of five up for the award. The others are from schools in Louisiana, Colorado, Georgia, and Virginia. One will be named the School Counselor of the Year.
The award honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates – and often lifesavers – for the nation's students.
Nominations for the award were submitted by each state's school counselor association. The panel that picked the finalists and will chose the School Counselor of the Year was made up of representatives from the American Association of School Administrators, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, No Kid Hungry, and American School Counselor Association.
The panel selected the finalists based on several criteria, including school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills, and contributions to student advancement.
"School counselors make significant contributions to the overall well‐being of students and their success," said Richard Wong, executive director of the American School Counselor Association. "They have unique qualifications and skills that allow them to address students' academic achievement, personal/social and career development needs."
The finalists, their principals, and a representative from their state school counselor association will be flown to Washington, D.C., in January. There, the honorees will have meetings with their members of Congress, attend a congressional briefing, be honored in a ceremony at the White House and be formally recognized at a black‐tie gala.