Shelby County receives awards to honor excellence in school counseling

On December 5, 2014, in News from Nashville 2014, by Mark Norris

NASHVILLE – A Shelby County lawmaker and three local school counselors swept the top awards recognizing outstanding service achievements at the Tennessee Counseling School Association’s (TSCA) annual meeting held recently in Murfreesboro. Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) received the group’s “Legislator of the Year Award,” while three of his constituents, Skip Ruzicka, Kim Jessee […]

Senator Norris with Arlington Middle School Guidance Counselor and Middle School Guidance Counselor of the Year, Skip Ruzicka.

Senator Norris with Arlington Middle School Guidance Counselor and Middle School Guidance Counselor of the Year, Skip Ruzicka.

NASHVILLE – A Shelby County lawmaker and three local school counselors swept the top awards recognizing outstanding service achievements at the Tennessee Counseling School Association’s (TSCA) annual meeting held recently in Murfreesboro.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) received the group’s “Legislator of the Year Award,” while three of his constituents, Skip Ruzicka, Kim Jessee and Lauren Baker took top honors for their work as school counselors. Ruzicka and Jessee received the Middle School Counselor of the Year and Elementary School Counselor of the Year respectively, while Baker was awarded the Phoebe White Award for Counseling Advocacy.

“I am humbled to receive this award and to stand alongside three of my constituents who were honored for their outstanding achievement in the important work of student counseling,” said Senator Norris. “The recipients represent three of the six municipal school systems in Shelby County, and I am very proud of their work.”

TSCA receives nominations for the awards from individual TSCA members as well as from TCA Chapter Boards, with selections made by the Awards committee. The committee evaluates all materials submitted and selects one recipient for each category.

“Our school counselors play vital roles in helping students reach their full potential,” added Norris. “It is an honor to partner with them to strengthen programs that prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century through academic, career and personal development.”