National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. The special week honoring them provides recognition for those who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Natalie Wilson, Willowbrook Elementary School Counselor and Iowa School Counselor Association President-Elect, shared “I am so fortunate to celebrate National School Counseling Week with the Southeast Polk counseling team this year! This week is important to me as it is a time to focus on the unique contribution of counselors and how students have been positively impacted because of having participated in a comprehensive school counseling program.  Through classroom curriculum, responsive services, and individual student planning, we take a collaborative approach in helping students reach school success and become future-ready citizens. Thank you, parents, for being our partners in helping meet your student’s social/emotional and career needs.”

Amy Anderson, Southeast Polk At-Risk Coordinator, shared “Many people are aware of the important work school counselors do in meeting with students individually, in small groups, and in classroom settings to support their social-emotional learning and college and career readiness. They continually look at data on student achievement, behavior, and overall culture/climate in order to advocate for programs and changes that positively impact the entire system.”  

School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents. They are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

Darrell Butcher, Southeast Polk College and Career Readiness Coordinator shared “School counselors in our district are key leaders when it comes to college and career readiness. In addition to the academic and personal/social development support they provide, they also provide a continuum of services to students including classroom instruction, career exploration, and college and career planning.  Our students are more prepared for their post-secondary adventures thanks to them.”