Nominations are now open for the third annual San Diego County School Counselor of the Year (SCOY) award.
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) created the SCOY program, sponsored by North Island Credit Union, in 2019-20 to recognize and celebrate the work and service of professional school counselors in San Diego County.
This year the program will recognize school counselors with awards for those at the elementary, middle, and high school level at a new event, Honoring Excellence in School Counseling Leadership, on Feb. 9, 2022.
School counselors must submit an application to be eligble for the award, but if you work with a school counselor or one has positively impacted your life in a significant way, you can complete a nomination form and they will be sent an invitation to apply. Applications are due by Nov. 1.
In 2020, SDCOE surprised the three school counselors of the year at their school sites to let them know they were chosen for the countywide award. Those winners were Ann Pierce, of Campo Elementary in Mountain Empire Unified School District; Bonnie Hayman, of La Mesa Arts Academy in La Mesa-Spring Valley School District; and Cherryl Baker, of Mission Hills High School in San Marcos Unified School District.
The awards are sponsored by North Island Credit Union, and each honoree was awarded a $500 check from the credit union.