SCHOOL COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR 

Sarah Kirk Selected as 2019 Oklahoma School Counselor of the Year

For immediate release – May 11, 2018

The Oklahoma School Counselor Association (OSCA) is pleased to announce that Sarah Kirk has been selected as the Oklahoma School Counselor Of the Year for 2018-2019 (#scoy19). Kirk, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, has been a school counselor at Monroe Elementary School in Norman since 2012.

The School Counselor of the Year program honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation’s students, helping them achieve success in school and in life.

She was selected based on several criteria including: school counseling innovation, evidence of an effective comprehensive school counseling program, leadership and collaboration, professionalism, and advocacy.

Kirk’s tireless efforts have resulted in the creation of multiple innovative student leadership and support programs in response to data and feedback she gathers from stakeholders.  One such program is “Kindness Ambassadors,” a group of students who lead the school’s participation in “The Great Kindness Challenge.” This program is a direct result of students telling her they wished kids would be nicer to each other at school.  Sarah also leads mentoring programs, a therapy dog program, and a yoga club at Monroe.

Monroe Elementary School Principal Dr. Lori Connery says “I know Sarah to be a great advocate for students.  She is a person of excellent character. She sets the bar high for herself and those she works with while garnering the respect of our students, parents, her peers, and our staff.  She is the embodiment of an outstanding school counselor.”

Norman Public Schools’ Director of Guidance and Counseling, Sharon Heatly, lauded Kirk for her leadership.  Sarah serves as a New NPS Counselor Mentor, presents regularly at progressional development events, and is in the process of applying for her school’s counseling program to become an American School Counselor Association Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP).  “Her leadership extends statewide by serving as an Oklahoma School Counselor Association (OSCA) Board member. Sarah’s demeanor is always positive, calm, and in problem-solving mode.”

Sarah Kirk will travel to Washington, D.C. in January 2019 to be honored with the winners from every other state and to attend a black-tie gala where the American School Counselor Association will announce the national School Counselor of the Year.

2018 - 2019 Sarah Kirk, Monroe Elementary School, Norman Public Schools

2017 - 2018 Misty Bible, Broken Bow  Public Schools

2016 - 2017 Dr. Michelle Taylor, Adair High School, Adair Public Schools

2015 - 2016 Nick Hughes, Limestone Technology Academy, Sand Springs Public Schools

2013 - 2014 Lori Pettus, Eisenhower International School, Tulsa Public Schools

2012 - 2013 Bobbie Fields, Tulsa Public Schools (Elementary SCOY)

Michelle Dodgen, Weatherford Public Schools (Middle Level SCOY)

Katie Burk, Sterling Public Schools (K-12 SCOY)

Charlotte Hunter, Oklahoma City Public Schools (Outstanding School Counselor Advocate)

2011 - 2012 Ken Elliott, Edmond Public Schools (Elementary SCOY)

Beth Dillard, Putnam City North High School, Putnam City Public Schools (High School SCOY)

2010 - 2011 Kay Middleton-Price, Muskogee Public Schools (Elementary SCOY)

Lisa Edwards, Edmond Public Schools (Middle Level SCOY)

Janet Anderson, Moore Public Schools (High School SCOY)

Marylu Oakes, Seiling Public Schools (Multi-level SCOY)

2009 - 2010 Carolyn Nees, Moore Public Schools (Elementary SCOY)

Robbie Smith, Keys Public Schools (Middle Level SCOY)

Mary Brenner, Woodward Public Schools (High School SCOY)

2008 - 2009 Rebecca Barry, Shawnee Public Schools (Elementary SCOY)

Linda Salter, Moore Public Schools (Middle Level SCOY)

Karen Dawson, Tulsa Public Schools (High School SCOY)

2007 - 2008 Barbara Shelton, Moore Public Schools (Elementary SCOY)

Janelle Miller, Moore Public Schools (Middle Level SCOY)

Laura Watts, Tahlequah Public Schools (High School SCOY)

Cheryl Riggs, Central Public Schools (Multi-level SCOY)

Wendy Perry, Moore-Norman Technology Center (Other-level SCOY)

2006 - 2007 Kathy Simmons, Midwest City Public Schools (Elementary SCOY)

Cheri Lou Gastineau, Burns Flat-Dill City Public Schools (Middle Level SCOY)

Fran Bewley, Sallisaw Public Schools (High School SCOY)

Kristin Ramirez, Blair Public Schools (Multi-level SCOY)

Mary Jane Pruitt, Kiamichi Technology Center (Other-level SCOY)

2005 - 2006 Suzanne Price, Norman Public Schools (Elementary SCOY)

Beverly McCombs, Crescent Public Schools (Middle Level SCOY)

Rhonda Malahy, Putnam City Public Schools (High School SCOY)

2004 - 2005 Sandra Bright, Weatherford Public Schools (Elementary SCOY)

Ellen Harkey, Idabel Public Schools (Middle Level SCOY)

Becky Delozier, Adair Public Schools (High School SCOY)

2003 - 2004 Margaret Durham, Moore Public Schools (Elementary SCOY)

Gerri Kroutil, Mustang Public Schools (Middle Level SCOY)

Kelly Collins, Midwest City Public Schools (High School SCOY)

2002 - 2003 Marta Allen, Nicoma Park Public Schools

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