“I know when I started my career, I wanted nothing more than to be an advocate for those without a voice, and to collaborate to make systemic changes in my school to provide a more equal educational environment.”
From the School Counseling program here at Gonzaga University, as well as the rest of Counselor Education, we would like to congratulate graduate Cory Notestine on being selected as the 2015 ASCA School Counselor of the Year!
On January 30th, Cory was honored at the White House surrounded by other inspiring individuals including fellow school counselors, actress Connie Britton, and first lady Michelle Obama. The 36 School Counselor of the Year finalists and 5 semi-finalists were recognized as well, as Michelle Obama painted the following picture of counselors in our schools:
"...they help our young people get to where they want to be in their lives. And they do it with patience and compassion, and sometimes even a little tough love. Our school counselors convince students that they have something special, each of them, to offer, and they push those students to dig deep and fulfill every last bit of their potential."
Cory is an inspiration to burgeoning and practicing school counselors and we look forward to see the continuation of his positive impact in years to come.
Image retrieved from: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/30/white-house-honors-2015-school-counselor-year