The MSCA board recently made the difficult decision to cancel our Annual Spring Conference based on CDC recommendations regarding the COVID-19 disease. We value the annual conference as an opportunity to connect with school counselors from across the state, participate in meaningful professional development and prepare for the future. While we will miss seeing you all in person, we still want to offer meaningful professional development during this time. We are working on some opportunities in place of the conference and we will provide more information in the near future.
This spring has taken an unexpected turn and we find ourselves venturing into new territory every day. We appreciate you all and the work you do for Montana students. We understand that it is a very stressful time for everyone right now. We know that you all work hard to take care of your students and that most of you are scrambling right now to figure out next steps. Please make sure that you take some time to take care of yourselves and keep you and your families healthy.
Check out our COVID-19 page for information and resoures. We will continue to provide reourses and updates as the Montana School Closures continue. Please do not hesitate to reach out during this time. You can find the MSCA Board and Executive Director contact information above in the About MSCA link.
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!