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Nominate an outstanding school counselor for the prestigious AzSCA School Counselor of the Year Award! The nomination takes just a few minutes and is an important way that our professional organization can honor the great work of school counselors in our state.

We will announce in August the timeline for nominations and applications.


  • The applicant must be employed as a full-time, U.S.-based, practicing school counselor on Oct. 1, 2020, and have completed at least five years as a practicing school counselor. "U.S.-based" includes schools operated by the Department of Defense, Department of State and other U.S. agencies. 
  • The applicant must hold a master’s degree in guidance and counseling or equivalent and be certified as a school counselor by the state, district or U.S. territory. 
  • The applicant must be an AzSCA professional member as of Oct. 1, 2020.
  • The applicant must also be an American School Counselor Association (ASCA) member as of October 1, 2020.
  • Previous recipients of the AzSCA School Counselor of the Year award are not eligible. Semi-finalists are eligible and encouraged to apply.


The recipient of AzSCA Counselor of the Year will receive:
  • Monetary reward of $500
  • All expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., provided by the American School Counselor Association
  • Consideration for National Counselor of the Year
  • Complimentary 2020 AzSCA Conference Registration and recognition at the Awards Luncheon
  • Breakout presentation at 2020 AzSCA Conference
  • Financial support to/from AzSCA advocacy events


Deadlines for nominations and applications for 2021 awards will be announced in August 2020.


  • The applicant must demonstrate evidence of implementation of a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program (such as the ASCA National Model) and have been responsible for school counseling innovations or further development of programs supporting students’ academic, career, and personal/social development. 
  • The applicant must demonstrate leadership and collaboration in his or her work and promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student achievement. Applicants must also demonstrate collaboration with stakeholders. All activities or accomplishments must have taken place within the previous five years. 
  • The applicant must demonstrate continual professional development as well as proof of advocacy for the professional and/or students. 
  • The applicant must have the ability and skills necessary to represent school counseling in a professional manner, including but not limited to high-quality written communication and public-speaking skills. 
  • The applicant should maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and recognize that his/her personal conduct is held up to public scrutiny. Applicants 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. 

Jaimie Clemens

Ivette D'Angelo
Board of Directors Liaison