Hello Montana School Counselors!
I hope that the beginning of the school year is going well for you whether you are working virtually or back in school with your students. Just like in the schools, September and October are busy months for MSCA. We hope that you will be able to take advantage of these opportunities and attend some of our virtual events. The virtual events are advertised to the right, all Montana school counselors are welcome to attend.
Last Spring, we had to transition our Spring conference to a Virtual Conference. MSCA members can view the sessions for free by logging into the website and CEUs are available for $5 per video. The conference has been extended through October 30th. MSCA is offering a School Counseling track at the MFPE Educators Conference on October 15th and 16th. In a series of sessions, Andy Leau will discuss trauma and resiliency. Register today at: https://mfpe.org/edconference/
MSCA Members, we recently sent an email with important information regarding our member survey. We value your voice and we hope you take some time to provide us with feedback that will help us plan for the future. The survey is open until October 9th. We also sent the link to our by-laws vote. Please vote by October 18th.
We are excited about some of our additional offerings that we will be providing this year. Stay tuned as we start to roll out more opportunities to connect with school counselors from across the state.
MSCA Board Chair
2020 MT School Counselor of the Year:
Teresa and Ellen Ryter advocating for the role of the school counselor in Helena
Name: Teresa Majerus
Position: School Counselor
School: Lewiston Junior High School and Fergus High School
MT Gov. Steve Bullock Congratulation Message to Teresa
Excerpts from Teresa's Nomination Letters:
"Teresa has...shown us the true definition of having a love and passion for her students and co-workers.
For four years, she has been the lead counselor in our district, a role that she has embraced. Teresa has pushed us to have a cohesive counseling cohort, assuring that we are using the same language, that our policies and guidelines are the same for all situations district-wide, and that our cohesion as a group provides support for us so that we can provide support for others.
Teresa has taken the lead with our District Crisis Team by having numerous connections with outside resources; she knows who to call and what to do when emergency situations arise. In the past three years, she has been the lead in organizing staff, students, administrators, and outside resources when we endured a bomb threat, the death of two students in a car accident, and most recently a student suicide. She maintains a professional demeanor while handling very difficult situations, while being the person everyone turns to for encouragement and support.
Teresa also has her private license and is part of numerous outside agencies such as Central Montana Youth Challenge, Behavioral Health Task Force, DUI Task Force, and Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She is an active member of her church and works closely with other local clergies when needs arise.
Like other counselors, Teresa follows the National School Counseling Model. But, what sets her apart is her professionalism and persistence in assuring that we, as a counseling staff, meet the recommendations of the ASCA Model. Teresa is a true advocate for the school counseling profession; she was adamant that we present to our school board and educate them on what we each do at our building/grade levels. "
"Teresa is equally effective leading student advocacy projects on a larger scale, as demonstrated by her collaboration with Fergus High School's freshman teaching staff on a career pathway awareness project in 2019. In a testament to Teresa's excellent relationship and partnering skills, she worked with each teacher individually to integrate exploration of over 115 different career pathways in a way that met the needs of all parties. "
"She is a true hero to our profession. "
Teresa will go on to compete in the national School Counselor of the Year and be honored by ASCA in Washinton, D.C. later this year.Congratulations Teresa!