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School Counselor of the Year Award

Recognizing that professional school counselors devote their careers to serving as advocates for Texas students and ensuring student success, the Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA) School Counselor of the Year (SCOY) Award honors outstanding professional school counselors in Texas.  Through an extensive outreach process, school counselors, teachers, administrators, and others are encouraged to nominate professional school counselors who run exemplary school counseling programs. 

The LSSSCA SCOY candidates complete an extensive application process similar to the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) national awards process. SCOY nominees are judged by a panel of counseling professionals on multiple criteria, including: school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership skills and contributions to student advancement. 

Annually one Texas SCOY winner will be chosen by the LSSSCA Board to represent Texas in the ASCA School Counselor of the Year Awards process. To date, Texas has had one (1) national SCOY and two (2) national finalists.

Texas School Counselor of the Year

The purpose of the school counselor of the year awards is to recognize school counselors for their outstanding service and achievement.

Eligibility for Consideration

The nominee must be currently employed as a full-time school counselor in a Texas school and have completed three consecutive years of counseling service at the level nominated. The nominee must be a current member of LSSSCA (Lone Star State School Counselor Association) and a member of ASCA (American School Counselor Association) by May 25, 2018.  The nominee may not currently serve on the LSSSCA Board.

Recognition Criteria

The nominee should maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and recognize that his/her personal conduct is held up to public scrutiny. Nominees strive to be model citizens of their community as well as the school counseling community and their broader professional community. They maintain high moral standards in their personal and professional conduct.

Nominees must have been responsible for school counseling innovations or further development of programs to support the career, social/emotional and academic development of all students. Nominees must demonstrate leadership, advocacy and collaboration in their work and promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student achievement.

The nomination form asks for basic contact information.  Your nominee will receive an immediate notification via email and will be asked to complete the on-line application process.

Texas School Counselor of the Year Award Timeline

March 12-March 30

Texas SCOY nomination link will be opened for nominations.

March 30

All nominees will be emailed with the Texas SCOY application link.

March 30-April 27

Texas SCOY application link will be opened.

April 27-May 17

SCOY committee will review applications and videos and select the top 5 finalists to include for the Texas SCOY for 2018.

May 18

Texas SCOY for 2018 will be notified along with the other finalists by email and phone.

May 30

Nomination due to ASCA

Aug 15

ASCA applications finalized


National finalists selected


National finalist face-to-face interviews

November 4-6

Texas SCOY finalists and SCOY will be recognized at the 3rd Annual LSSSCA Conference in    Frisco, Texas

Jan/Feb 2019

National SCOY activities in Washington, DC

E-mail address for questions on the Texas 2018 SCOY award:

LSSSCA SCOY 2017 - Cristina Nunez

LSSSCA is proud to announce Cristina Nunez as the 2017 Texas School Counselor of the Year. She was selected from the top five (5) finalists based on several criteria including school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills and contributions to student advancement. 

Cristina Nunez is a middle school counselor at Paso del Norte K-8 School in the Socorro Independent School District.

Watch Mrs. Nunez in Action!

Mrs. Nunez has also been named one of the top six (6) finalists for the 2018 School Counselor of the Year for ASCA.

Official Press Release: 2018 SCOY

Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA) of Texas is a proud division of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

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