MT School Counselor of the Year



The Montana School Counselor Association is pleased to announce Chad Jackson of Ponderosa Elementary School in Billings, MT has been selected as the 2022 Montana School Counselor of the Year. 
Nominees are scored on the following criteria:
* Evidence of use of the American School Counselor Association 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

Chad Jackson exemplifies this award and we are proud to call him our 2022 MT School Counselor of the Year! Chad is described as a magnificent counselor, educator, colleague, and individual. His work ethic and drive is infectious to those around them. He strives to help students, parents, and colleagues by focusing positively on individual student needs and empowering all parties to be active members in a students’ education. He has a passion for using innovative methods and creativity to support students. Chad’s calm and empathetic demeanor make him easily approachable, even by kids who have never met him before. 

 Montana School Counselor of the Year Award honors the best of the best - counselors who are running a top-notch, comprehensive school counseling program at either the elementary, middle, or high school level. Recipients of this award are nominated for the national ASCA School Counselor of the Year and sent to awards event in Washington, D.C.

Past School Counselors of the Year:
  • 2021 - Heather Williams, Big Sky High School, Missoula
  • 2020 - Teresa Majerus, Lewistown Junior High School and Fergus High School
  • 2019 - Vicki Bisbee, Southside School, Wolf Point
  • 2018 - Carolyn Yegen, McKinley Elementary, Billings 
  • 2017 - Erica Zins, Sentinel High School, Missoula
  • 2016 - Lee Starck, Stevensville Public Schools, Stevensville
  • 2015 - Tana Mayo, Saddle Peak Elementary, Belgrade
  • 2014 - Krista King, Lolo Elementary, Lolo & Tanya Kirschman, Highland Elementary, Billings
  • 2013 - None
  • 2012 - Lisa Meyer, Beartooth Elementary, Billings
  • 2011 - Debby Perry, Utterback Middle School, Conrad