About Us

The Montana School Counselor Association is a division of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and represents approximately 500 Montana professional school counselors.

The mission of the Montana School Counselor Association is to promote excellence in professional school counseling in Montana.

Learn More >

Membership

Join now and experience the many benefits of membership.  Join as a professional, student, supporting, affiliate, or retired member.  We are stronger together!

Learn More >

Conference

MSCA 2021 Virtual Conference 
Feb. 23rd - March 30th - April 27th

 


Learn More >
 
 

Montana School Counselor of the Year and Advocate of the Year
Nominations open for 2021 SCOY & AOY

2020 MT School Counselor of the Year - Teresa Majerus


Have you been wondering how you can recognize exceptional school counselors?  We have the answer!

 

The SCOY award honors the best of the best - school counselors who run top-notch, comprehensive school counseling programs.

Nominees should demonstrate:

  • Evidence of use of the ASCA National Model to develop a comprehensive program
  • Evidence of characteristics or qualities demonstrating leadership
  • Evidence of innovation and originality within school counseling program
  • Evidence contributing to student achievement and enhancement
  • Dedication to the profession and membership to MSCA  

Nominations can be started using this form (the nominee will not know s/he has been nominated): Montana School Counselor of the Year Nomination   

Nominations are due by March 23rd, 2021. The award winners will be announced during the membership meeting at the annual MSCA spring conference in April.

 

Do you have an outstanding administrator or someone else in your building who supports your school counseling program? 

 

We are also looking for nominations for Montana Advocate of the Year.  This is your opportunity to recognize those individuals in the school who have demonstrated their belief in and support of comprehensive school counseling programs.  These nominations are due March 23rd, 2021 as well, and the nomination form is here:

Montana Advocate of the Year Nomination

 

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Terzo, beth@mtschoolcounselor.org

Member Spotlight: Amy Capdeville




Name: Amy Capdeville

Position: High School Counselor

School: Glasgow High School

Experience  I have been an educator for 32 years. I graduated from MSU Bozeman with a BS in elementary education and began my career as an elementary teacher.  Then in 2007, I  earned my counseling degree. At that point, I split my days between teaching elementary and being the K-12 School counselor. In the fall of 2016, I became a full-time high counselor at Glasgow High School.


Where you attended graduate school:

Montana State University-Northern


Share a little more about you: Where you are from? Hobbies/Interests?

I was born and raised in Hinsdale and graduated from there. I taught at Hinsdale Schools for 27 years. I am now employed at the Glasgow School District as the Glasgow High School Counselor. I enjoy spending time with my family, boating on Fort Peck Lake, and when there is snow; downhill skiing.


What compelled you to be a school counselor or led you to where you are today?

While I was teaching at Hinsdale, I was approached by the Superintendent to see if I was interested in pursuing a school counseling degree. The school had been struggling to find a part-time counselor, so with a lot of uncertainty, I said yes and began working on my Masters’s in School Counseling.  This unexpected challenge altered my career path and set in motion new opportunities for me.


Favorite aspect of your job?

I enjoy helping high school students find how their interests can lead to jobs and educational opportunities. I  find working one on one with students very fulfilling. 


Particularly memorable program, intervention, group, lesson you’ve implemented that you believe made an impact with your students/staff?

When I first started working in Glasgow, there were no opportunities for students to take dual credit classes. But with the joint effort of the Glasgow High School teachers,  Dawson Community College, and myself, we have been able to provide Glasgow Students with the opportunity to take over 20 college credits while on campus.  


Favorite part of the spring/fall conference?

One of the best parts of MSCA is the speakers and presenters from all over the country.  But of course, my favorite is getting together with all of the counselors from Montana.  


Memorable moment in your career?

 I had a former student who came up to me and said, “If it wasn’t for you, I would have never thought about going to college and now I am graduated and have a job.” 

Message from Amy's Administrator:

Mrs. Capdeville is always helping students.  This comes in many different forms which include: helping students with their social emotional, meeting with them about grades, guiding them on courses to take that apply to the career they are interested in pursuing, getting students enrolled in dual credit classes, helping Seniors fill out FAFSA, and connecting students with colleges or military to name a few of the many things she does for Glasgow students.  She is the first one to volunteer around the school and is always there to help teachers too.  Glasgow is fortunate to have such an outstanding high school counselor!!!