2017 AzSCA Award Winners
Counselor of the YearTracy PressleyLake Havasu High School
Pressley has been a practicing School Counselor for over 20 years and has a long and distinguished record of service. She has worked at Lake Havasu High School in Lake Havasu City, Arizona for the last six years. “Tracy raises the bar and is the gold standard for school counselors. She is truly the epitome of the profession,” says Cindy Koons, who got to know Tracy while her daughter attended Lake Havasu High. “Tracy values getting to know the student, thereby becoming an active participant in their success and academic achievement; she is a steadfast asset for any student.”
Throughout her career, Pressley has worked with numerous students on a range of topics, such as applying to competitive universities, providing knowledge and resources on career exploration, and handling crisis situations. Pressley has demonstrated a special passion for working with students suffering from substance abuse or addictive behaviors, most recently serving as the Coordinator of the Drug Diversion Program at LHHS and co-facilitating an Mpowrd program, a peer support group for any students with addictive behaviors.
Rising Star of the YearKatie RassetRasset has been a practicing School Counselor at Dysart High School in El Mirage, Arizona for two years.
Ms. Rasset is one of those educators that always looks for the best in each student she works with. It is evident that she has established a norm of respect and high expectations for her students. In turn, they respect her for believing in them and caring about their future” says Breanna Villena, a colleague of Rasset’s from Dysart High School.
During Rasset’ short time as a counselor, she has shown leadership and advocacy for students and the School Counseling profession. She was appointed department lead as a second year counselor, and is committed to working collaboratively with other educators, community member sand families to meet the needs of all of Dysart High’s student populations.
Advocate of the YearAnna CicerosThroughout her 25-year career in education, Cicero has served as an elementary school teacher, junior high counselor, high school counselor, Career Ladder Coach, Department Chair, AzSCA President and AzSCA Advocacy Chair. Anna has been deeply involved in the Association for Career Technical Education of AZ, and was chosen as ACTEaz School Counselor of the year in 2010. Although technically “retired” Cicero continues to work with the Arizona Department of Education, the Arizona Education Association Retired Educators and AzSCA and is a voice in advocating for students, school counselors and educators at the state and federal levels.
Barb Zamora, a colleague of Cicero’s, says, “the word ‘advocate’ doesn’t quite describe Anna’s commitment. Something more like ‘extreme passion’ just seems to fit better.” If a critical issue for students, school counselors or educators is discussed at the local, state or national level, Cicero is guaranteed to have a hand-out, flyer or notebook in hand. Zamora continues, “She is an incredible champion for students, school counselors and educators. No one works harder or is more passionate and committed.”
Mark Boggie, another colleague and nominator of Cicero’s asserts that “Anna believes that education is the way to equity and will speak her mind on the subject to whoever will listen (and sometimes those who won’t). Her profession is school counseling and her belief in being a systematic change agent is without equal. I’m glad we have her on our side because school counseling in Arizona has a voice and a champion that fights for us day in and day out.”
Adds Kenny Smith, “Anna is a bright light in our profession. So many, including me, were drawn to her enthusiasm, smile and professionalism. Her capacity to rally support for counseling from counselors, administrators and school faculty is amazing. “
Supervisor of the YearDaniel MoralesDaniel Morales has been District Prevention Specialist at Isaac School District for the last four years where he has supervised the district counseling team.
Morales “is always positive and supportive,” says Janine Menard, one of the counselors that nominated him. “He is our advocate, supporter and district voice.”
With Morales’ leadership, the Isaac Counseling Team has made changes to improve the way they document and provide services to students, including streamlining accountability documents, creating a crisis response team, and establishing community partnerships with organizations such as Valle del Sol and Touchstone Behavioral Health. These efforts have paid off, as Isaac Counseling Team was named their district’s “Program of the Year” for 2016.
Morales also understands and is supportive of the ASCA National model is supportive of AzSCA initiatives such as Day on the Hill and LDI. Additionally, he has advocated for three straight years to send all district counselors and admin to Western Symposium and the AzSCA and ASCA National Conference. His advocacy has ensured that district staff is more aware of the role that counselors play on campus. According to Delrose Egwu, another nominating counselor, counselors are “no longer given duties not relevant to the counseling role. Thus, more students are being serviced in the appropriate way and staff feel that counselors are an asset to students and teachers.”
The counselors who nominated Morales feel that the counseling department has improved significantly under his guidance. Says Alex Ramirez, “Myself and many others throughout the district have become better professionals simply by being a part of his team.”
Judy Bower's Distinguished Service AwardMark BoggieBoggie is a true pioneer for the school counseling profession. For years he has committed his time and work to the advancement of the profession and program implementation. We are indebted to the years he spent planning the School Counselor Summer Academies, presenting at AzSCA conferences and being part of the AzSCA Board. Boggie contributed testimonials to the Arizona Board of Education on behalf of school counselors’ programs and advocacy for the profession.
Boggie has worked in education since 1982. He has served as a middle school science teacher, and elementary-, secondary- and postsecondary school counselor. Currently, he serves as Assistant Dean of Student Services at Cochise College in southeast Arizona. In this position, says Barb Zamora, a colleague of Boggie, “he continues to advance the school counseling profession statewide through articulation and innovation.” She continues, “His forward-looking, thoughtful, respected leadership style is evident through initiation and facilitation of collaborations regarding the school counseling profession at the local, state and national levels.”
Anna Cicero, another colleague of Boggie, reflected on how his patience contributed to his ability to advocate for the school counseling profession. Says Cicero, he “was and is the eternal mediator and positive force with all AzSCA progress. I admire his ability to provide a listening ear to contradicting opinions but, with class and direct loyalty to his profession and students, still deliver a direct and informed opinion.”
Boggie, passionate about the difference a quality school counseling program can make, has trained school counselors in implementing comprehensive school counseling programs based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model since 2007. He also served the school counseling profession as the President of the Arizona School Counselors Association (2002-2003) and the ASCA Governing Board as Western Region Vice President. In addition, he has served as the Chair of the ASCA Position Statement Committee for several years. He is a genuine colleague, partner, mentor, collaborator and school counselor with heart!