Member Spotlight: Carolyn Yegen
I could not be more humbled and honored to receive the MSCA 2018 Counselor of the Year award. To be recognized before my peers, a gathering of Montana school counselors who continually inspire me is a distinction I could never have imagined.
I have been blessed for 15 years to work alongside incredibly hardworking teachers, staff, students and families. Amazing individuals, young and old who have shown me through their daily struggles, successes and determination how to be a better school counselor and more importantly a better person. I have just recently completed my twelve- year at McKinley Elementary in Billings, Montana and I continue to learn. McKinley Elementary is a Title One school in downtown Billings, Montana. We are classified as an urban school and are 100% free and reduced. Our 280 students come from varied cultural and economic backgrounds. 23% are Native American, 10% Hispanic, 7% Black and 59% White. We deal with extreme transience, annually close to 50% of our students will not be enrolled for an entire school year. During 2017-2018, 12% of our students were classified as homeless during the school year. Many of our McKinley families face housing and food insecurities, addiction issues and incarceration. However, in spite of all of our differences and challenges McKinley is a successful learning institution, a place where our students feel safe and are able to become their best academically, emotionally and socially. Read more here