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School Counselor of the Year

Lone Star State School Counseling Association

Texas 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 national SCOY and four 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

-Must be currently employed as a full-time school counselor in a Texas school.

-Must have completed three consecutive years of school counseling service at the time nominated.

-The nominee must be a member of LSSSCA (Lone Star State School Counselor Association) and ASCA (American School Counselor Association) by May 1, 2020.

-Cannot be a LSSSCA School Counselor of the Year or a SCOY Finalist in the last three years. 

-Cannot be a LSSSCA board member or LSSSCA chair member.


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.

E-mail address for questions on the Texas 2020 SCOY award

Sample SCOY Finalists Videos:

2020 Texas School Counselor of the Year Award Timeline


February 7-21

Texas SCOY nomination link will be opened for nominations.
February 24 All nominees will be emailed with the Texas SCOY application link.
February 24- March 27 Texas SCOY application link will be opened.
March 31- April 17 SCOY committee will review applications and videos and select the top 5 finalists to include the Texas SCOY for 2020.
May 1 Texas SCOY for 2020 will be notified along with the other finalists by email and phone.  
May 31 Nomination due to ASCA
Aug 15 ASCA applications finalized
October National finalists selected
November National finalist face-to-face interviews
November 8-10

Texas SCOY finalists and SCOY will be recognized at the 4th Annual LSSSCA Conference in Frisco, Texas

Jan/Feb 2021 National SCOY activities in Washington, DC

Lone Star State Award

The Lone Star State Award is an award that recognizes effective and outstanding school counseling programs in the state of Texas. The Lone Star State Award is designed to prepare school counselors to apply for the national ASCA RAMP award.

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

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