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Posted May 6, 2013

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Counselors of the Year Named

Libby Dolan of Manzano Mesa, Blasa Munoz of Cleveland and Lisa Goldman of Del Norte were named counselors of the year. Superintendent Winston Brooks was named Counseling Advocate of the Year.

Go here to watch a slideshow from the school counselor recognition ceremony.

Albuquerque Public Schools Student, Family and Community Support Department held their end of the year meeting with all counselors throughout the district. After a full day of professional development, the counselors gathered to celebrate this year’s accomplishments.

Three counselors were recognized by their colleagues for distinguish service:

  • Elizabeth “Libby” Dolan from Manzano Mesa Elementary
  • Blasa Munoz from Cleveland Middle School
  • Lisa Goldman from Del Norte High School.

“Every year we are able to honor our colleagues for doing great things with students and staff,” said APS Counseling Director Leslie Kelly. “I’m pleased we were able to recognize the good work of Libby, Blasa and Lisa for their good work.  We have strong professionals making a difference each in every day.”

The Counseling Department received dozens of nominations for Counseling Advocate of the Year, but Ms. Kelly says the choice was simple: Superintendent Winston Brooks.

“We have seen tremendous tragedy on a national scale and Superintendent Brooks was the first to recognize that counselors are on the front lines every day and we need to support and encourage them,” Kelly said.

“I am tremendously honored and surprised that I am the Counselor Advocate of the Year,” Supt. Brooks said. “We need more counselors in our schools, to support our students in the dozens of ways that they do every day. They are an essential part of our school structure and in the times we are living in we need to have them to support not only students but staff.”

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