Honors a school counselor who is running a top-notch, comprehensive school counseling program at the elementary, middle, or high school level.  Oklahoma's winner is submitted to the national level.

Christi Sturgeon

Selected as 2021-2022 Oklahoma School Counselor of the Year

(C) Broken Arrow Public Schools
(Photo courtesy of Broken Arrow Public Schools.)

The Oklahoma School Counselor Association (OSCA) is pleased to announce that Christi Sturgeon has been selected as the Oklahoma School Counselor Of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year (#scoy21). 

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.

Sturgeon was selected based on several criteria including: advocacy for the school counseling profession, commitment to seeking out the most relevant and up to date professional development, and her dedication to meeting with all students, despite a large caseload, promoting school counselor and student connections. 

Her efforts to be a changemaker within her district to close the achievement gap and resolve access issues for marginalized students was another factor in her selection of School Counselor of the Year.

Sturgeon’s use of data provided insight to her high school student’s perspective of the school counselor and student relationship. The data suggested a negative valuation of relationships as students move from elementary to high school. Recognizing this trend, Sturgeon and her co-counselors were able to strongly advocate to meet individually with each of their students to look at their plan for high school and to really talk about their goals for the future. 

Sturgeon is an active member of the Oklahoma School Counselor Association. She also serves as the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the association. 

Christy Sturgeon will travel to Washington, D.C. in January 2022 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.

Previous Oklahoma School Counselors of the Year

2020 - 2021 Missy Smith, Lincoln Elementary, Norman Public Schools

2019 - 2020 Lee Acers, Wilson Elementary School, Oklahoma City Public Schools

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)

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