Celebrating School Counselors

This year MCAN requested nominations for the Steward Award for the 2017 College Access Impact Awards, and we were blown away by the responses we received. It was incredible to see how many amazing, dedicated high school counselors are working across Michigan to ensure all students are socially, academically, logistically, and financially prepared for postsecondary education.

Though we won’t announce the winner of the Steward Award until the 2017 College Access Impact Awards on March 13 (register here), we wanted to give you a glimpse at a few of the nominees. Each day this week, in celebration of National School Counseling Week, we’re going to share a new counselor profile on this blog and on MCAN’s Facebook page and Twitter. Join us in celebrating the hard work of this incredible lineup of counselors!


Monday’s Featured Counselor: Jennifer Brown

School: Bullock Creek High School
Years served as a school counselor: 18 years
“I love being able to be part of the students’ realizations that their educational and career dreams are achievable.”


 

 

 

   

 

 

Tuesday’s Featured Counselor: Brenda Averett

School: Ypsilanti Community Schools
Years served as a school counselor: 20 years
“I am passionate regarding college and career readiness, because I know if we expose students earlier to career planning students, they will realize the correlation between academic performance and their future aspiration, therefore setting higher academic goals.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Featured Counselors: Kathy DeKeyser and Erica Tuohy

Kathy DeKeyser
School:
Whitmore Lake Middle & High School
Years served as a school counselor: 11 years
“I love helping students with their postsecondary plans because I love watching them get excited about the opportunities and experiences that await them after high school.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erica Tuohy
School: Grand Rapids Public Schools
Years served as a school counselor: 9 years
“I love helping students with their postsecondary plans because providing tools for postsecondary success gives our students a clear sense of direction, empowerment, and ultimately happiness and a fulfilling future.”

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday’s Featured Counselor: Keri Haskins

School: Bridgman High School
Years served as a school counselor: 6 years
“I believe that by helping students create a plan for postsecondary education, every student has the opportunity to achieve their goals and find success.”

 

Friday’s Featured Counselor: Carmen Hughes

School: Camden-Frontier Schools
Years served as a school counselor: 7 years
“Postsecondary planning is the absolute favorite part of my job because every student’s goal, financial situation, and opportunity is unique; they realization that college is an attainable option, especially for first-generation families, is an amazing feeling!”

 

  

Author: Jamie Jacobs, Director of Capacity Building

Posted: Feb. 6, 2017

 

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