Three words. As Galm Elementary School celebrated “No Name Calling Week” recently, counselor Janina Cleveland challenged students to come up with three words that would encourage others to put a stop to bullying behaviors.
Their responses and the school-wide impact of this lesson were showcased as a Street’s Corner feature on KABB-TV. However, most of the time the work of school counselors isn’t as widely-reported or as well-known within the larger community.
The unique contributions of school counselors to schools and students are being recognized during National School Counseling Week, which this year is Feb. 3-7. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
"School counselors are a critical factor in the cultivation of safe, strong and well-prepared communities," said Dr. Deborah Healy, Director of NISD's Guidance Department. "I am so proud of the work they do with the students in NISD!"
Cleveland has spent 22 years as Northside counselor, and says she knows counselors make a difference on their campuses every day.
“We wear so many hats in our job,” said Cleveland. “We keep the pulse of our campuses by seeing what’s going on with our students and families and keeping up with trends and social issues.”
NISD’s 240 school counselors have contact with all 101,477 students in the District through classroom presentations and individual visits to help guide students in course selection, maximizing educational opportunities, and developing skills for future success.
Cleveland came up with her own three words to describe the mission of a counselor- “here to serve.”
As National School Counseling Week is celebrated across Northside, the best three words are probably - “thank you counselors!”