Hermiston School District acknowledges the work of its school counselors during National School Counseling Week, February 6-10, 2017.

National School Counseling Week is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) to focus public attention to the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems.

School counselors are a vital part of the total educational program, as they work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing each student’s academic concerns. They work in partnership with parents, as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world, focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development, and they work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

School counselors are certified, experienced educators that help students with conflict resolution, and they help students and families by connecting them to other agencies that can help meet their food, housing needs, or other challenges the family or student may be facing.

At the high school level, counselors create career awareness in post-secondary options by taking students on college visits, educating students and families on the Federal Student Aid Form, informing students on scholarship opportunities, monitoring students so they are on track for graduation, and assisting students with personal/social skills, to name a few of the many things they do help students succeed.

Counselors are also the first people contacted when schools face a student/staff loss or a crisis. They provide emotional support during difficult times.

Meet the district’s outstanding counselors:

  • Meghan Rahm serves students at Desert View Elementary
  • Liz Morgan serves students at Highland Hills Elementary
  • Shanna Herman serves students at Rocky Heights Elementary
  • Tina Crowell serves students at Sunset Elementary
  • Deb Sprong serves students at West Park Elementary
  • Lore Martin serves students at Armand Larive Middle School
  • Rick Scheibner serves students at Sandstone Middle School
  • Melody Bustillos serves students at Hermiston High School
  • Cristina Cuevas serves students at Hermiston High School
  • Maggie Hughes-Boyd serves students at Hermiston High School
  • Kristine Martin serves students at Hermiston High School

These are the individuals making a difference in the students’ success. For more general information on School Counseling Week visit www.schoolcounselor.org.