Desmarais Morse2019SCOYFinalist

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1 - Morse Named 201 9 School Counselor Desmarais the Jan of Finalist by the American School Counselor As sociation Year VA – Jan Desmarais - Morse , ALEXANDRIA, a school counselor at in Goshen Middle School 201 , Ind. has been named a 9 School Goshen , lor of the Year finalist by the American Counse School Counselor Association Desmarais - (ASCA). is Morse The University of Maine and a graduate of Worcester State College . She has served as a school counselor for 29 years and has been at Goshen Middle School 1997 . since The School Counselor of the Year award honors professionals who devote their for the nation’s students and ad dressing their academic advocating careers to and needs . social/emotional development and college and career readiness he school climate at Goshen Middle School was During a time when t , Desmarais - Morse was instrumental in researching and advocating deteriorating for the implementation of the Development Designs curriculum to effectively meet students’ social / emotional needs while increasing s tudent engagement and learning . Her advocacy effort s resulted in a $45,000 grant to train more than 90 staff members in the Developmental Designs approach . “With many recent changes within our building, our school was in need of something to foster a sense of community again,” said Jennifer Johnson, school counselor at Goshen Middle School. “Jan has facilitated book studies, follow - up sessions and additional trainings to help staff learn new ways of interacting and teaching students in a way that best meets their needs.” - Morse’s leadership Collaboration and advocacy are the hallmarks of Desmarais style. Lori Shreiner, Goshen Middle School principal , refers to Desmarais - Morse as a systemic partner with teachers, colleagues, school social workers and other

2 s takeholders to support academic goals while focusing on the needs of the whole Desmarais - collaborative nature le d her to connect with a cohort of child. Morse’s for and receive a 2017 – 2018 grant from seven area school corporations to apply Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K – 12 Students . L illy Endowment “Her passion for students is contagious, and the productivity behind her vision for student success inspires and motivates me to do my best work for students,” Shreiner said . Autumn Waddle, former Goshen Middle School student, describes Desmarais - – superwoman. Desmarais Morse in one word Morse is know n for going above - an beyond the call of duty for all students. She’s conducted home visits and d unity services to ensure their safety and well referred students to outside comm - being. Waddle credits Desmarais - Morse with helping her navigate some of the toughest times of her life. “I truly believe that the people surrounding us are those who help us make it through,” Waddle . “Whe ther it was academically, said socially or personally, she was always there. I have yet to find a more caring and supportive person out there.” The School Counselor of the Year finalists were judged based on their ability to create systemic change within the school counseling profession. Through their significant leadership, collaboration and advocacy skills, the School Counselor of the Year final ists achieved increased student success via their comprehensive with school counseling programs. - Morse , along Desmarais the additional five School Counselor of the Year finalists, will be in Washington, D.C., Jan. 30 – tie Feb. 1, 2019 where they will be honored and formally recognized at a black ‐ , gala . ### About the American School Counselor Association The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) professional organization based in Alexandria, Va. ASCA promotes student su ccess by expanding the image and influence of school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. ASCA helps school counselors guide their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society. Founded in 1952, ASCA has a network of 52 state and territory associations and a membership of more than 36,000 school counseling

3 professionals. For additional informa tion on the American School Counselor Association, visit www.schoolcounselor.org.

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