Tracy Pressley named Arizona Counselor of the Year

Lake Havasu High School counselor Tracy Pressley has been named Counselor of the Year by the Arizona School Counselors Association.

AZSCA Press release:

PressleyPhoenix, Arizona January 16th, 2017- The Arizona School Counselors Association, Inc. announces Tracy Pressley as their 2017 “Counselor of the Year!” Pressley will be honored at the We Ko Pa Resort and Conference Center in Scottsdale, Arizona February 27th, 2017 at 3:30.

Pressley has been a practicing School Counselor for over 20 years and has a long and distinguished record of service. She has worked at Lake Havasu High School in Lake Havasu City, Arizona for the last six years.

“Tracy raises the bar and is the gold standard for school counselors. She is truly the epitome of the profession,” says Cindy Koons, who got to know Tracy while her daughter attended Lake Havasu High. “Tracy values getting to know the student, thereby becoming an active participant in their success and academic achievement; she is a steadfast asset for any student.”

Throughout her career, Pressley has worked with numerous students on a range of topics, such as applying to competitive universities, providing knowledge and resources on career exploration, and handling crisis situations. Pressley has demonstrated a special passion for working with students suffering from substance abuse or addictive behaviors, most recently serving as the Coordinator of the Drug Diversion Program at LHHS and co-facilitating an Mpowrd program, a peer support group for any students with addictive behaviors.

Jaime Festa-Daigle, Assistant Principal at Lake Havasu High says of the Mpowrd program, “As a small community, we struggle with resources. Tracy was able to bring this resource into our school that empowers kids, gives them a place to grow, and teaches them leadership skills.”

Pressley will now advance to be eligible for the American School Counselor Association’s National School Counselor of the Year Award and will represent Arizona at the 2018 Counselor of the Year Reception, hosted annually in Washington D.C.

Each year, AzSCA, Inc. recognizes individuals who have positively impacted the counseling profession. The School Counselor of the Year award is given to school counselors who are running top-notch comprehensive school counseling programs at the elementary, middle, high, or post-secondary levels.

The Arizona School Counselors Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization representing Arizona school counselors.

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