Celebrating the 2022-2023 School Counselors of the Year 

Dallas ISD’s school counselors promote and support the academic excellence and well-being of students by helping them focus on academic, personal, social, and career development. To celebrate their tremendous contributions to the district, the Counseling Services Department recently hosted the annual School Counselor of the Year event, which was co-sponsored by the Dallas Education Foundation.

This year over 52 amazing counselors were nominated by their principals for awards in various categories. A panel of judges read and scored each of the submissions, narrowing them down to four semifinalists, seven finalists, and the Overall Elementary and Overall Secondary School Counselors of the Year. The program also honored the Trailblazer Counseling Team winners, Rookies of the Year, and 2023 Counselor Retirees. To see a full list of the honorees, click here

School Counselors of the Year 

Counseling Services was proud to announce that the 2022-2023 Dallas ISD Elementary Counselor of the Year is Nancy Brinkley from Anne Frank Elementary School, where Beverly Mullens Ford is the principal. 

The 2022-2023 Dallas ISD Secondary Counselor of the Year is Shauntee Watson from Hector P. Garcia Middle School, where David Lee is the principal.

Elementary, secondary, and magnet/choice schools finalists

The Counselor of the Year finalists representing elementary schools were Nancy Brinkley from Anne Frank Elementary School and Silvia Cabrera from William Anderson Elementary School. Khaynisha Edwards from Rufus C. Burleson Elementary School was also honored as an elementary semifinalist. 

The secondary school finalists were Marsona Jackson from Moisés E. Molina High School and Shauntee Watson from Hector P. Garcia Middle School. Andrea Alexander from Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School at El Centro College was also honored as a secondary semifinalist.

The magnet/choice school finalists were Tisbet Fitzgerald from School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove and Danielle Redmon from Alex W. Spence Preparatory and TAG Academy. Yolanda Carter from Alex W. Spence Preparatory and TAG Academy was also honored as a magnet/choice schools semifinalist.

The last finalist, accumulating the most votes from counselor peers and thus receiving the Counselors’ Choice Award, was Shelisa Taylor-Benton from Seagoville High School. Mary Glenn from Clinton P. Russell Elementary School was honored as a semifinalist in this category.

Congratulations to all the Counselor of the Year nominees, semifinalists, finalists, and the overall winners for their outstanding service to the students and parents of Dallas ISD. Counseling Services also applauds the stellar Trailblazer Counseling Teams, retirees, and Rookie of the Year nominees for their excellent services that impact student success.

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