Welcome to the Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA). Our goal is to provide services and resources to meet the needs of school counselors across our great state of Texas. We are the chartered state division of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) in Texas.
The Lone Star State School Counselor Association is proud to honor exemplary individuals and programs through various professional recognition awards. The Lone Star Awards recognize the best of the best--school counseling programs which are running outstanding comprehensive school counseling programs at the elementary, middle, and secondary level.
Bronze Award Winners – Silver Bound
Back Elementary School- Garland ISD
Bliss Elementary School- El Paso ISD
Cactus Trails Elementary- Socorro ISD
Canyon Vista Middle School- Round Rock ISD
Cedar Ridge High School- Round Rock ISD
Jane A Hambric School- Socorro ISD
Lyndon B. Johnson Disciplinary Alternative Education Program- Grand Prairie ISD
Montwood Middle School- Socorro ISD
Morehead Middle School- El Paso ISD
Noel Grisham Middle School- Round Rock ISD
Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary- Socorro ISD
Sam Houston Middle School- Irving ISD
Spicewood Elementary School- Round Rock ISD
Silver Awards Winners – Gold Bound
Bette Perot Elementary School- Keller ISD
Caney Creek High School- Conroe ISD
Colleyville Heritage High School- Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School- Socorro ISD
Indian Ridge Middle School- Ysleta ISD
O'Shea Keleher Elementary School- Socorro ISD
Sierra Vista Elementary School- Socorro ISD
Young Men's Leadership Academy at Kennedy Middle School- Grand Prairie ISD
Gold Award Winners – RAMP Bound
DATA at Adams Middle School- Grand Prairie ISD
Lujan-Chavez Elementary School- Socorro ISD
Escontrias Elementary School- Socorro ISD
Rhonda Ramirez Named 2020 Texas School Counselor of the Year
by the Lone Star State School Counselor Association
Rhonda Ramirez, a Lead School Counselor at Naaman Forest High School, in Garland, Texas, has been named the 2020 Texas School Counselor of the Year by the Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA).
She is the fourth person to receive the award from the association. Rhonda, is a graduate of Baylor University has been a school counselor for 14 years and has been at Naaman Forest High School for eight years. The School Counselor of the Year award honors professionals who devote their careers to advocating for the nation’s students and addressing their academic and social/emotional development and college and career readiness needs.
Four finalists were selected for School Counselor of the Year based on their ability to create systemic change within the profession through significant leadership, collaboration, and advocacy. All four finalists achieved increased student success through their comprehensive school counseling programs.
The top four finalists are:
Pamela Andrews-Keller ISD
Oliva Tarkington-Garland ISD
Ana Travis-Frisco ISD
Cara Yeates-Frisco ISD
Ramirez and the top four finalists will be honored at the Annual Lone Star State School Counselor Association Conference in Dallas, Texas, November 8-10, 2020.
The Lone Star State School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year program honors the best of the best in Texas -- school counselors who are running a top-notch, comprehensive school counseling program at either the elementary, middle or high school level. This year’s school counselor of the year candidates completed an extensive application process and were judged by a panel of counseling professionals on multiple criteria, including school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership skills, and contributions to student achievement.
As a member of the Lone Star State School Counselor Association, you will benefit from research, evidence-based practices, professional development and networking opportunities on the state and national level.
How to become a member:
Fill out the electronic form and pay through Paypal or download the application and send it to:
Lone Star State School Counselor Association
P.O. Box 485
Needville, Texas 77461
Include a check for $30.00
2019 National School Counselor of the Year Finalist
Media - School Counselors in the News
Here are some of the Lone Star State Award Winners. For a complete listing, please go to the LSSSCA Awards page.
LSSSCA sharing our mission and vision with Mike Morath, Texas Commissioner of Education.