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School Counselor of the Year

Recognizing that professional school counselors devote their careers to serving as advocates for Nevada students and ensuring student success, the NvSCA School Counselor of the Year (SCOTY) Award honors outstanding professional school counselors in Nevada.  Through an extensive outreach process, school counselors, teachers, administrators, and others are encouraged to nominate professional school counselors who run exemplary school counseling programs. 

The NvSCA SCOTY candidates complete an application process similar to the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) national awards process. SCOTY nominees will be judged on multiple criteria, including: school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership skills and contributions to student advancement. 

The NvSCA SCOTY winner will be chosen by the NvSCA Board to represent Nevada in the ASCA School Counselor of the Year Awards process. 

Eligibility for Consideration

-Must be currently employed as a full-time school counselor in a Nevada school for at least one year. 

-Must have completed five consecutive years of school counseling service at the time nominated (in any state).

-The nominee must be a member of NvSCA (Nevada School Counselor Association) and ASCA (American School Counselor Association) for at least one year at the time nominated.

-Cannot be a NvSCA School Counselor of the Year finalist in the last five years. 

-Cannot be a previous NvSCA or ASCA Counselor of the Year winner.

Recognition Criteria

The nominee should maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and recognize that his/her personal conduct is held up to public scrutiny. Nominees strive to be model citizens of their community as well as the school counseling community and their broader professional community. They maintain high moral standards in their personal and professional conduct.

Nominees must have been responsible for school counseling innovations or further development of programs to support the career, social/emotional and academic development of all students. Nominees must demonstrate leadership, advocacy and collaboration in their work and promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student achievement. Nominees must have implemented a comprehensive school counseling program.

The nomination form asks for basic contact information. Your nominee will receive notification via email and will be asked to complete the on-line application process.

Nominations were accepted through February 26th, 2021


Leighanne Mainguy

Priest Elementary School

Clark County School District

Past NvSCA School Counselors of the Year


Rachel Drake

Vaughn Middle School

Washoe County School District


Julia Bush

Burkholder Middle School

Clark County School District 

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