Educational Sessions


Monday, February 26
9:30am-10:30am



Track It!  Using Google Forms for Documentation and Tracking  //  ROOM 102
This session is designed for all level of school counselors who are looking to incorporate the use of Google Forms in their day to day practice.  Topics covered will include how to auto-populate notes using Google Forms and Autocrat, using Google Forms for surveys and data tracking, and how to use the forms for data analysis!

Meredith Sargol  |  School Counselor  |  Isaac Middle School
I graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with dual specialties in mental health and school counseling.  I have been a school counselor for 7 years, 4 of those years in the Isaac Elementary School District working with 6th-8th grade.  I have been using Google applications for the last 4 years to track data, monitor student progress, and maintain student records.
 
Stop Cyberbullying + Promote Positive Digital Citizenship  // ROOM 104
Sexual harassment and bullying have moved to a new, ever-changing environment—online. This presentation addresses the specifics of cyberbullying, students’ technology use, and solutions to sexting. Along with addressing negative behavior and the serious personal and professional consequences, the presentation illuminates positive ways individuals are using technology to inspire greatness.

Allison Dumka  |  Senior Instructional Specialist  |  University of Arizona - Project CHANGE

The Teachable Moment: Responding to LGBTQ and Gender Comments and Questions for Elementary Educators  // ROOM 109
Effectively responding to the teachable moment--in particular, related to LGBTQ and gender topics--models for all students that the classroom will be a safe and respectful space to learn and thrive. HRC’s Welcoming Schools knows what questions and comments elementary students often ask, and we have suggested, age-appropriate responses to share with you. During the session, we will review and practice responses, so that participants are prepared to respond when the teachable moment occurs!

Vincent Pompei  |  Director  |  Human Rights Campaign
Dr. Vincent Pompei is the Director of the Youth Well-Being Project at the Human Rights Campaign. Previously, he was the Project Director for the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership, served as President for the California Association of School Counselors and was a National Cadre Trainer for the National Education Association. In addition, he authored the LGBTQ section of the American School Counselor Association’s National Model and was selected by the National Education Association as a Classroom Superhero. 

College and Career Readiness in Middle Schools // ROOM 110
Arizona High Schools have implemented the ECAP process, but for successful transition into high school the ECAP process should begin in middle school at the latest.  Ideally Arizona 8th grade students should enter high school on-track to graduate college and career ready. A comprehensive career awareness is crucial to help middle schools build a college and career ready culture. Learn how your middle school can receive Arizona-specific resources, college and career planning tools, and participate in specific professional development for middle grades: AzCIS-Jr; College Access Professional training (CAP); and Arizona Department of Education AZ Career Ready training.
 
Ann Connelly  |  GEAR UP - Middle Grade Asst. Dir  |  NAU - GEAR UP
Ann has over 18 years of experience in education.  She currently works as an Assistant Director for the AZ GEAR UP Middle Grade Initiative. Ann worked as a high school counselor and has been involved with early awareness and readiness throughout her career.  She is a certified facilitator for the online College Access Professional Training and AZ Career Ready Online courses

Kay Schreiber  |  State School Counselors Coordinator  |  Arizona Department of Education
Kay Schreiber works for the Arizona Department of Education in the capacity of College and Career Ready contact, Arizona School Counselors Coordinator, and the Director of the online AzCIS planning resource. She works with Arizona educators to prepare Arizona students for college to careers and the implementation of the student (ECAP) Education Career Planning process. Kay’s work supports educators so that all students can be successful in their educational journeys.

Disability Myth Busters:  What’s Really Required?  // ROOM 112
DEA, 504, ADA…Oh my!  So many rules, so much confusion.  This session will help participants understand the differences and the reality of each of these important laws as it pertains to providing accommodations to students with injuries, illnesses, and disabilities.  What’s the difference? How do we determine what’s best for the student? Do we really have to do all this?  Clarification and resources will be provided to help participants meet compliance and best practice.

Andi Asel  | Secondary Transition Specialist

Challenges and Solutions  //  ROOM 113
An open discussion on challenges counselors face in the schools and community. Best practices sharing for the challenges counselors in rural and city schools face. Issues such as balancing responsibilities as an only counselor, creating forward/future-thinking individuals, etc.
 
Shiloh Wheeler | School Counselor | Thatcher High School
Shiloh has been a counselor in Arizona for the past 8 years. She is
advocate for counselors in rural schools. Shiloh is also
a member of Arizona School Counselor Association Executive Board. In her free time, she likes to travel.

Kate Williams  |  School Counselor  |  Pima Unified School District
Katie has a been a counselor in Arizona rural schools for the past 5 years. Before taking a counseling position she taught 5th graders for 4 years. She is also an advocate for counselors in rural schools. In her spare
time she likes to socialize and snuggle her 2 toddlers.

What Does my $50.00 AzSCA Membership Fee Pay for Exactly?  //  ROOM 106
Have you ever wondered what your AzSCA membership fee pays for? Or have you ever thought, “What exactly are the benefits of being an AzSCA member?”  This session will clarify any misconceptions, questions, or curiosity you may have about the inner workings of our association.  You will walk away with a greater understanding of our ends policies and goals we have completed in order to reach that end result.  This session will be offered twice.

Janine Menard  |  AzSCA Board Chair  |  School Counselor  |  Isaac School District
Janine Menard has been a school counselor for 13 years, with 12 of those years in the Isaac School District.  She is currently a school counselor at Moya Elementary and Pueblo del Sol (K-8) Schools.  Janine enjoys serving the Isaac School District community, and is proud of the relationships she has built through her work with staff, parents, and students.

Monday, February 26
10:45-11:45


Sanford Harmony- Building Healthy Relationships One Classroom at a Time  // ROOM 102
Sanford Harmony is a research based SEL program designed to build healthy relationships among students.  Pre-K-6th grade students practice friendship skills, problem solve and learn to regulate emotions through the everyday practices of Meet Up, Buddy Up and lessons, activities and stories. Educators and counselors love Harmony as it is flexible, easy to implement, and builds inclusive learning communities where the focus is on teaching and learning.  Harmony supports school wide Rti/PBIS and Restorative Practices. Discover how philanthropist Denny Sanford and National University will donate all Harmony materials and teacher training at no cost for your school/organization.

Shannon Smith  |  Arizona Ambassador  |  National University
Shannon Smith is the Arizona Ambassador for Sanford Harmony. As an educator for the last 19 years, she’s witnessed the importance or implementing support structure that provides students the opportunity to connect, collaborate, empathize and problem solve. Her role as an ambassador is to directly work with schools/organizations and assure that training and materials are provided. 

Creating a College-Going Culture in an Urban Middle School  // ROOM 104
A university and large diverse urban middle school partnered to create an ASCA model aligned college and career readiness curriculum for 8th graders, borrowing from a variety evidenced-based programs. This curriculum met the specific needs of the urban middle school and enhanced the limited curriculum already in place. Pre and Post data on college-going culture and college knowledge were collected. Results, resources, references and recommendations will be shared. The presentation will include a brief demonstration of an interactive lesson from the curriculum.

Tonya Haley  |  Dodge Traditional Magnet Middle School
Tonya Haley graduated from the NAU M.Ed school counseling program in 2003 and has been a school counselor with Tucson Unified School District for 14 years. She was the TUSD middle school counselor of the year in 2009. Tonya Haley believes every student can succeed and reach their dreams!

Joyce DeVoss  |  Professor  |  Northern Arizona University
Dr. Joyce DeVoss is a professor and the coordinator of the M.Ed. School Counseling Program at the NAU Tucson Extended Campus.  She has been training school counselors for about 25 years and is the co-author of a book, School Counselors as Educational Leaders and was the co-chair of the 2017 National Reach Higher Convening on promoting school counseling and college and career readiness that was held at ASU in March.

The Morning Mindset 2.0: Wellness Tools for School Counselors  // ROOM 109
Take a deeper dive on the Morning Mindset.  This interactive session will allow you to actively experience the six habits (meditation, affirmation, reading, journaling, exercise, and visualization) to support building a positive Morning Mindset.

Mike DiNicola  |  School Hacker  |  Future Ready Now Consulting
Mike DiNicola is a husband, father, and educator with 20 years of experience in helping individuals to achieve career and education success. Dr. DiNicola is a former Professional School Counselor and Director of Pupil Services.  He currently serves a District Manager for ACT, Inc. and is an Independent Educational Consultant.  He is constantly looking for ways to use habits and technology to be more productive and efficient. He enjoys sharing his favorite life and technology hacks to help educators be their personal and professional best.

Unwrapping a School Counseling Program: Emotions vs. Emotional Intelligence  // ROOM 110
Learn what triggers your personal emotions and how it can transfer to your professional practice.  Understand the implications of emotions and the concept of emotional intelligence in creating and maintaining a comprehensive school counseling program. Each component of the model will be discussed with exemplars and address ideas of perceptions when connected to personal emotions and overall emotional intelligence.

Deborah Hardy  |  School Counseling and Educational Consultant | GuidED Consulting, LLC
Dr. Deborah Hardy has 25 years of experience as a school counselor and is the former Director of K12 School Counseling Services in New York.  Dr. Hardy trains school counselors in developing the support for all students.  Her contributions to the profession include: coauthor of the NYS Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Model and; Past President of the NYS School Counseling Association; NYSED Pupil Personnel Advisory Board Liaison.

Ethical Considerations for School Counselors  // ROOM 112
This program is an ethics professional development course for current professional counselors. Common issues in ethics such as confidentiality, informed consent, and referrals will be covered in this session as well as an in depth look at the code of ethics.
 
Tracy Pressley  |  2017 School Counselor of the Year  |  School Counselor  |  Lake Havasu High School 
Tracy Pressley is the 2017 AzSCA School Counselor of the Year and serves as a professional school counselor/department chair at Lake Havasu High School, which received re-RAMP designation in 2016.  She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Education, Guidance and Counseling from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. Tracy serves on the AzSCA Advocacy Committee and is passionate about school counseling.  She has served on the ASCA Governing Board for three years and co-chaired the Nominations and Elections Committee. She currently serves as an ASCA Lead RAMP reviewer. 

Deanna Ainsworth  |  School Counselor  |  Lake Havasu High School
Deanna Ainsworth is a professional school counselor at Lake Havasu High School, a 2016 re-RAMP school. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s of Science in Guidance and Counseling from the University of West Alabama. Prior to entering the School Counseling field, Deanna taught mathematics at Lake Havasu High School for eight years.

Extra Innings: Beyond the college application and FASFA campaigns  // ROOM 113
With the focus of the college going process aimed at the initial completion of FASFA and submission of college applications many first-generation college bound students and families are left wondering, “What’s next?” From financial aid verification, placement tests, to the college and university next steps, it is vital students and families learn and understand the entire admissions and transition process. This presentation will provide counselors with tips and strategies to add to their game plan for working with historically underrepresented student populations to prepare students to step into the batter’s box and hit the college transition out of the park.
 
Stacey Flores  |  Advisor  |  TRiO
Stacey Flores is the Advisor for Upward Bound at South Mountain Community College. Previously Stacey led undergraduate and graduate student recruitment initiatives for the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. Ms. Flores spent 10 years in higher education serving as an Academic Success Specialist, Student Engagement Coordinator, and Honors Program Advisor. Most recently Stacey worked at North High School’s International Baccalaureate program while completing her M.Ed. in School Counseling.

Healthy Play- The key to critical thinking, empathy, and life success  //   ROOM 106
Healthy Play IS a Solution’s (HP) comprehensive training program offers effective anti-bullying, self-regulation, empathy building and problem-solving strategies based on the most natural way children learn, through play.  HP provides practical opportunities for children to learn effective social skills.  Simultaneously, it is a daily curriculum where students practice optimal healthy behaviors throughout the school day.  Combining Gardner’s multiple intelligences, Vygotsky’s theories of executive function and self-regulation, Restorative Practices principles with the power of purposeful play, HP enhances curriculum, character education and Arizona Department of Education P.E and Health standards.  Healthy Play also offers a methodology for structured recess for students.
 
Spencer Gorin  | CEO of Healthy Play + Alcohol and Other Drug & Harm Reduction Program Specialist |  Creative Spirit & University of Arizona Campus Health Service
Spencer Gorin is a nationally known presenter, author and originator of programs that increase empathy, self-regulation and discovery.  Spencer co-created Healthy Play and co-authored the book, Learning to Play, Playing to Learn, Curriculum and Activities for Classroom and Playground Management.  
 

Monday, February 26
2:30pm-3:30pm


Developing Your Personal Education Advocacy Plan  // ROOM 102
How many times have you heard about the education crisis in Arizona and wished that you could do something to change things?  In this session, we will discuss four ways in which you can influence some of your public officials.  We will review the roles of elected officials and how they impact education.  You will have an opportunity to sign up for the Request to Speak system at the state legislature.  We will talk about meeting with elected officials and do a personal advocacy plan.
 
Donna Davis  |  Senior Community Engagement Manager  |  Expect More Arizona
Donna has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, devoting most of her time to organizations that focus on youth, education and workforce development.  Donna spent 23 years traveling the world as a military spouse and arrived in Phoenix in 1990 from Yemen.   Donna was awarded the 2015 Phoenix Champion for Children award from Children’s Action Alliance.

Accuplacer Ready!  // ROOM 104
Accuplacer Ready is a customizable workshop series that increases the likelihood that students will earn college degrees by helping them test out of developmental courses.  In 2017-18 Accuplacer Ready will help 1,000 students save over $300,000 in tuition, by testing out of unnecessary courses. Arizona is facing a degree completion crisis. 65% of all MCCCD students begin in developmental courses. Students who take developmental courses are 39% less likely to earn a degree. Accuplacer Ready has been tested twice, both conclusively showed that Accuplacer Ready works.87% of participants move out of at least 1 developmental course.
 
Allison Mintz  |  Director of Academic Programs  |  NorthBridge College Success Program
Allison Mintz has worked in the field of Adult Education for over 17 1/2 years. Allison graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and completed her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to working with at-risk students, increasing student satisfaction, mentoring new faculty, and developing strategies to motivate and encourage student success and learning.

Tom Nerini

See YourSelf: Facilitate Relationships Building and Understanding in Your Classroom and Beyond  // ROOM 110
Learn how to facilitate student’s ability to identify the difference between behavior and personality, preferred behavior style, and how to “read” other individual’s behavior in the classroom and social situations. Social skills are essential for success in all career aspirations and in student’s academic performance. See YourSelf program for schools provides the essential framework for students. 
The See YourSelf program is a powerful tool that can help students and teachers build their knowledge of communication skills and enhance trust, respect and effectiveness in the classroom.
 
Patrice De La Ossa  |  Educator  |  Effectiveness Institute
Dr. De La Ossa (Dr. D.) is an experienced psychology and CTE educator with a passion for students to build relationship skills to be successful in chosen career and educational pathways. As a psychologist, “Dr. D” spearheads high school student-generated research examining human relationships and technology. Using See YourSelf for schools in her classes has helped students understand their behavior in the classroom and beyond.

Helping Kids Make Sense Out of LIfe  // ROOM 112
We have instituted Student Support Groups, Study Skills Groups and Student Success Plans.  Students self-refer to the support groups which are offered quarterly on a variety of topics like anger, anxiety, grief and loss, LGBTQ, self-care and healthy relations.  Exit data indicates students are learning valuable social skills.  Study skills students are selected based on failing grades in core classes.  The lessons and follow up have resulted in a 60% increase in achievement. Success plans are developed with students returning from suspension focusing on strengths and ongoing support.  Students report feeling more inclusion as a result of this program.
 
Bruce Hesse  |  Intervention CounselorMountain View High School
Graduate of U of Arizona counseling program, 15 years as a high school counselor with a passion for the lost and struggling students.

CTE and the ECAP process  // ROOM 113
Educating the student and parent about the benefits of CTE and how the skills built transfer to the Real World experience whether a student pursues a 4 year degree or a 2 year degree or credentialing in industry.
 
Julie Cota  |  High School Counselor  |  Show Low High School
Julie Cota has bee a school counselor since 1995 serving at both the middle and high school settings. She has been assigned and trained as a CTE counselor advocate and believes in designing and implementing a meaningful ECAP and sending students into the real world with a real plan.

Data Tells a Story  //   ROOM 106
Data points give school counselors goals for updating a program. It can be difficult to understand the process of data analysis.  This workshop provides school counselors with a user-friendly direction on how to collect and review data from their school counseling program. The presenter identifies different methods on sharing the data with staff, administrators and community members.
 
Deborah Hardy  |  School Counseling and Educational Consultant | GuidED Consulting, LLC
Dr. Deborah Hardy has 25 years of experience as a school counselor and is the former Director of K12 School Counseling Services in New York.  Dr. Hardy trains school counselors in developing the support for all students.  Her contributions to the profession include: coauthor of the NYS Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Model and; Past President of the NYS School Counseling Association; NYSED Pupil Personnel Advisory Board Liaison.

Tuesday, February 27
9:30am-10:30am


What You Need to Know About Section 504  // ROOM 102
This session will give participants an overview of the laws and procedures that are required as part of Section 504.  We will cover how to write a compliant 504 Plan and how Section 504 covers students in high school and post-secondary.  Disciplining students on 504 plans and parent procedural safeguards will also be discussed.  Come with your questions!
 
Katie Kostreva  |  Program Counselor/Special Education  |  West-MEC
Katie Kostreva is currently a Program Counselor for West-MEC.  She has her Master’s in both Educational Leadership and Special Education.  She taught Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Special Education students for over 10 years.  Katie has a special interest in the law and how it relates to special needs students.

A Guide to Evaluating Student Loans // ROOM 104
Once a student has been accepted to a school and the Award Letter has been sent, families will look at what college expenses they will need to cover. To help better understand how to pay for remaining college costs, ‘A Guide to Evaluating Student Loans’ helps students and parents:
  • Calculate how much to borrow
  • Understand available loan options
  • Compare loans options to find the loans that best fit their needs
 
Calvenia (Callie) Woods  |  Relationship Manager  |  Discover Student Loans
Callie has 30 years of experience in banking, mortgage, and student lending.  Callie began her career in the banking and mortgage industry. Callie shares her knowledge of the Financial Aid Landscape with both students and parents as they prepare to pay for college.  Callie holds a MBA from the University of La Verne, and Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from California Baptist University.

Tools for the Tech-Savvy School Counselor  // ROOM 109
Learn about the most powerful features of various productivity apps that every School Counselor should know including Evernote, Google Apps, Scannable, Productive, Outlook, and others. Dr. DiNicola will share his favorite tips, tricks, and hacks to help you become more effective, efficient, and have more fun in your work!
 
Mike DiNicola  |  School Hacker  |  Future Ready Now Consulting 
Mike DiNicola is a husband, father, and educator with 20 years of experience in helping individuals to achieve career and education success. Dr. DiNicola is a former Professional School Counselor and Director of Pupil Services.  He currently serves a District Manager for ACT, Inc. and is an Independent Educational Consultant.  He is constantly looking for ways to use habits and technology to be more productive and efficient. He enjoys sharing his favorite life and technology hacks to help educators be their personal and professional best.

Got a Game Plan – You Can Do it!  // ROOM 110
In this session, learn how to use the ASCA National Model and Implementation Guides to provide a structured, data-driven comprehensive school counseling program.  Learn tips and tricks to start a RAMP application or just learn how to collect some data to share with school leaders.
 
Tracy Pressley  |  2017 School Counselor of the Year  |  School Counselor  |  Lake Havasu High School 
Tracy Pressley is the 2017 AzSCA School Counselor of the Year and serves as a professional school counselor/department chair at Lake Havasu High School, which received re-RAMP designation in 2016.  She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Education, Guidance and Counseling from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. Tracy serves on the AzSCA Advocacy Committee and is passionate about school counseling.  She has served on the ASCA Governing Board for three years and co-chaired the Nominations and Elections Committee. She currently serves as an ASCA Lead RAMP reviewer. 
 
Sarah Skemp  |  School Counselor  |  Lake Havasu High School
Sarah Skemp is a professional school counselor at Lake Havasu High School, a 2016 re-RAMP school.  She was recognized as the 2015 Arizona School Counselor of the Year. She currently serves as the Arizona School Counselor Association Chair for Professional Recognition. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Masters of Education in Counseling (School Counseling) from Sonoma State University.

High in Plain Sight: Current Drug Trends, Dangers, Overdoses and Impairment  // ROOM 112
The session will cover a wide spectrum of alcohol and drug trends.  From drug use, clothing, logos, stash compartments, alcoholic energy drinks, marijuana wax, edibles, underage drinking, drug vape pens, inhalants, over the counter drugs, cough medicines, designer drugs, synthetic pain killers and identifiers of impairment.  This training is unique, in that it provides over 125 visual aids that are popular in Arizona and in the region.  You will also see photos and videos of the examples listed above

Jermaine Galloway  |  Former Police Officer / Current National Trainer  |  Tall Cop Says Stop
Officer Galloway is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter, a 4x national award winner for his alcohol and drug trainings/programs and resource for those involved with prevention and education.  Officer Galloway was in law enforcement for just under 20 years and to date has trained over 150,000 people nationally and internationally.  Galloway has presented at several state and national conferences including multiple state school counselor conferences.

H.O.P.E. Honoring Our Peers Everyday  // ROOM 113

H.O.P.E. is a 50 minute interactive and age-appropriate presentation, K-1, 2-3, 4-6 and 7-12, teaches people how to honor their peers  though  the lens of childhood cancer. H.O.P.E. is tied to Common Core, Counseling and Science standards.  A resource box is included. Cancer affects many families and doesn’t discriminate.  Focusing on the saying, I’m Still ME, H.O.P.E. uses 3 components: education, compassion and a call to action. H.O.P.E. helps build an inclusive  environment,  while empowering others to make a difference for people who are fighting some sort of challenge and are now trying to navigate a new normal.
 
Sharon Wozny  |  Program Specialist  |  Children’s Cancer Network
Sharon is the author of Jamie’s Journey Cancer from the Voice of a Sibling as well as a retired teacher.  She taught 30 years for Mesa Public Schools at Taft Elementary. As the Program Specialist for Children’s Cancer Network,  Sharon coordinates events and programs in our office or the hospitals that support the entire family on the cancer journey

Power of Play  //  ROOM 106

Playworks Power of Play introduces the importance of play and lays the foundation for creating a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment for youth.  Participants will gain understanding of how improving the climate at recess can improve the climate of the school.  Participants will verbalize how grouping games, conflict resolution strategies, and safe play support a healthy classroom and recess climate.  In the Power of Play participants will learn new inclusive games and leave with tangible tools to support positive, proactive group management.
 
Rhett Etherton  |  Pro Trainer  |  Playworks Arizona
Rhett Etherton is a Pro Trainer for Playworks Arizona. Rhett first experienced Playworks as a teacher. After witnessing the positive impact Playworks had on his students, he decided to join the Playworks team. After coaching for 4 years in both Arizona and Colorado, he became a Site Coordinator working with four Arizona schools to implement safe and healthy play. He became a Pro Trainer in 2016. Rhett holds a BA in multilingual multicultural elementary education.

Kara Largent  |  Partnerships Director  |  Playworks Arizona
Kara Largent spent the first fifteen years of her career in public education, first as a teacher then Assistant Principal and finally Principal. She received her Bachelors in Education from NAU and her Masters in Education from ASU.  As a Principal, Kara brought the Playworks TeamUp Program to her school. She believes in the power of play so much that she now works to bring safe and healthy play to kids across Arizona.


Tuesday, February 27
10:45am-11:45am


The Reality of Rigor: The Role of Challenging High School Coursework in College Admissions and Scholarships  // ROOM 102
Students often expect to be rewarded by colleges for pursuing rigorous coursework, even if their GPA is lower than those taking traditional courses. Is that assumption correct? Join the conversation with admissions professionals and school counselors to discuss the question of rigor. What balance between achievement and rigor do admissions offices expect? At what point does a lower GPA cancel out the appeal of a challenging course? How can we encourage students - and their parents - to challenge themselves while also create a balanced life?
 
Heather Rosinbum  |  Associate Director, Recruitment  |  University of Arizona
Heather Rosinbum serves as an Associate Director of Recruitment in the Office of Admissions at the University of Arizona.  A Tucson local, she received her Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Arizona and her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership through Northern Arizona University. She has been working in the field of higher education for the last 9 years.

Lynn Ossowski  |  College Counselor  |  Salpointe Catholic High School
Lynn has taught and advised students at the middle, high school and college levels for 40 years and serves as College Counselor at Salpointe Catholic High School, a diverse college prep HS with 99% college attendance. She’s served on the boards of Rocky Mountain ACAC, the Western Council of the College Board, and the Common Application Outreach Advisory Council. BA from SUNY Oswego, MA/ABD from the University of Arizona, Counseling certification from U. of Phoenix.

Bringing your “A” Game with Guidance Curriculum // ROOM 104
Do you love free resources?  Come and hear how our school counseling program is implementing social and emotional curriculum into the classrooms using storybooks, online resources, and video clips.  We are excited to share our lessons about the 7 habits, growth mindset, social thinking, and bully prevention.
 
Erin Nielsen  |  Professional School Counselor  |  ASU Preparatory Academy- Poly STEM Academy
Erin Nielsen has been a school counselor for 5 years.  She received her master degree in Psychology with a School Counseling emphasis from Utah State University.  Erin celebrated her 14th wedding anniversary with her husband, Dane Nielsen  and has three children: Logan (11), Layla (9), and Emerson (5).  She loves her job at ASU Prep Academy and feels blessed that she gets to take her kids to work with her everyday.

Using The ASCA Model with Sanford Harmony Curriculum and Peer Court to Implement SEL and Justice // ROOM 109 
The session will provide data collected on academic performance, attendance and behavioral referrals of students at a K-5 trauma-sensitive urban school that incorporated the Sanford Harmony SEL curriculum, restorative practices
and a peer court into a K-5 trauma-responsive urban school that aligns with the ASCA National Model. Recommendations will be made to participants based on the data and the presenters' experience for creating a safe and supportive school. Brief demonstrations and discussions will be included.

David Dietz  |  Elementary School Counselor  |  Tucson Unified School District
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Masters in Educational Psychology and Counseling from U of A. He began his clinical career in Tucson in 1979, providing support in community mental health, child welfare, and Juvenile court settings. Mr. Dietz is a child and family advocate, and supervises field placements for Clinical and Counseling interns for NAU and U of A.  Mr. Dietz served as the AzSCA Business Manager from 2001 to 2009.

Joyce DeVoss  |  Professor  |  Northern Arizona University
Dr. Joyce DeVoss is a professor and the coordinator of the M.Ed. School Counseling Program at the NAU Tucson Extended Campus.  She has been training school counselors for about 25 years and is the co-author of a book, School Counselors as Educational Leaders and was the co-chair of the 2017 National Reach Higher Convening on promoting school counseling and college and career readiness that was held at ASU in March.

Score a Technology Touchdown for Your Counseling Department  // ROOM 110
The Agua Fria High School Counseling Team will share methods of incorporating technology within our counseling program to promote college and career readiness.  Learn how to reach all students with Google Classroom, Google Forms, Naviance and much more.  Draw up a CCR game plan to promote student success and opportunities for engagement with the counseling program.  Stay in bounds and reach for the end zone.  It’s a technology touchdown!
 
Oscar Gironi  |  School Counselor  |  Agua Fria High School
Oscar Gironi has been a School Counselor for the past 11 years, spending the last five years at Agua Fria High School.  He is always looking for ways to incorporate technology to support the development of a comprehensive counseling program and promote equitable access for all students.  Along with his dedication to the counseling profession, he spends quality time with his wife and children to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Bill Lucas  |  School Counselor  |  Agua Fria High School
Mr. Bill Lucas has been a school counselor for the past 20 years. He lives by the motto, “All means all” and is willing to fight the status quo to ensure student success.  When Mr. Lucas is not busy positively impacting the lives of his students, he makes sure to spend time with his wife, two daughters, and three dogs).

Preparing Your Students for STEM Degrees and Careers  // ROOM 112
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is all around us and careers in STEM are in high demand. Hear about how to best prepare your
students for success in STEM degrees and careers, similar to those of which Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has to offer.
 
David Hernandez  |  Admissions Counselor  |  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
David Hernandez is the Admissions Counselor who works with the majority of students from Arizona. He first came to Embry-Riddle as an AFROTC Instructor and quickly fell in love with the university and the Prescott area. He has worked in the Admissions Office for six years, is an aviation and aerospace enthusiast, and loves helping connect students’ passions for STEM and aerospace with their dream companies/ careers.

Huddle Up with Small Groups  // ROOM 113
Interested in starting a small group but you feel like you are on the sidelines?  Walk away with concrete, start to finish tools, such as needs assessments, program planning strategies, to immediately put into action at your school.  Lake Havasu High School Counselors will provide their game plan to move you from the sidelines and onto the field.
 
Deanna Ainsworth  |  School Counselor  |  Lake Havasu High School
Deanna Ainsworth is a professional school counselor at Lake Havasu High School, a 2016 re-RAMP school. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s of Science in Guidance and Counseling from the University of West Alabama. Prior to entering the School Counseling field, Deanna taught mathematics at Lake Havasu High School for eight years.

Sarah Skemp  |  School Counselor  |  Lake Havasu High School
Sarah Skemp is a professional school counselor at Lake Havasu High School, a 2016 re-RAMP school.  She was recognized as the 2015 Arizona School Counselor of the Year. She currently serves as the Arizona School Counselor Association Chair for Professional Recognition. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Masters of Education in Counseling (School Counseling) from Sonoma State University.

Do Your Students Have the Skills to be Employed?  //   ROOM 106
What skills are needed to get a job and advance in a career? Do your students have them?  Getting students to graduate is important, but helping them become ready for the workforce is key. We will explore the skills and resources available to prepare students in the 21st century.
 
Kay Schreiber  |  State School Counselors Coordinator  |  Arizona Department of Education
Kay Schreiber works for the Arizona Department of Education in the capacity of College and Career Ready contact, Arizona School Counselors Coordinator, and the Director of the online AzCIS planning resource. She works with Arizona educators to prepare Arizona students for college to careers and the implementation of the student (ECAP) Education Career Planning process. Kay’s work supports educators so that all students can be successful in their educational journeys.

 

Tuesday, February 27
2:30pm - 3:30pm


Trauma Informed Schools  // ROOM 102
The understanding of how trauma impacts students is beginning to change the way school leaders act, with many schools moving to a trauma sensitive approach. This approach offers techniques to help children who have experienced trauma become more successful in the school environment. As a school counselor, there are things you can do to create a more trauma sensitive environment. Trauma informed care often begins with the school counselor leading the staff to see the big picture of how trauma affects their students. This presentation will give counselors tools they can use to help their school become more trauma sensitive.
 
Leah Lorimer  |  School Counselor  |  Desert Star School
Leah is a 3rd year school counselor at Desert Star School in Goodyear, AZ. She was born and raised in Wyoming, where she completed her B.A. in Psychology. She then completed her M. Ed. in School Counseling at Gonzaga University. Leah is passionate about advocating for the role of school counselors and implementing the ASCA model effectively. In her free time, Leah loves to bake, cheer on the Zags, and spend time with family.

Margie Tebbe  |  School Counselor  |  Avondale Middle School
Margie is a LPC and a certified school counselor. She enjoyed a 15-year private practice, which included working and creating a drug and alcohol program in the juvenile detention system. She moved to the valley and began working at the Maricopa County Jail as a mental health professional. She came to Avondale Middle School to help students turn their challenges and traumas into true grit so they may become more successful students and adults.

How to include Arizona@Work in preparing students for College and Career Readiness  // ROOM 104
ARIZONA@WORK this e statewide workforce development network that provides innovative workforce solutions at the local level. In our effort for continuous workforce development, we embrace the need to prepare our youth for career readiness. It is through these efforts that we wish to engage school counselors and introduce them to the services and programs we have to offer. Not every high-school graduate will be going off to a post-secondary institution, however, by equipping school counselors with the knowledge and resources that ARIZONA@WORK has to offer, they are able to provide their students the opportunity to create their own career pathways.
 
Margarita (Maggie) Gonzales  |  Education Coordinator
Margarita Gonzales is the Education Coordinator for the Employer Engagement Administration.  Her career in state services began in 2006. In conjunction to her employment and commitment to assist Arizonans, she is completing a doctorate of education in Organizational Leadership and Development. She is an active member of the ARIZONA@WORK team and currently focused on connecting in-school youth to the talent pipeline and identifying career pathways for students to form long-term attachments to the labor market.

Timothy (Tim) Stump  |  Employer Coordinator  |  Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services
Tim Stump has worked as a Job Developer, Employment Specialist, Program Coordinator and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor helping individuals with disabilities to obtain their employment goals for more than a decade. He is currently working as Vocational Rehabilitation Employer Liaison for the Arizona Department of Economic Security. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation. Tim is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner.

FAF$A Finish Line – The Power of Data  // ROOM 109
Students need money to pay for college.  The FAFSA is the first step for financial aid and other scholarship opportunities.  Come learn how to make the best use of FAF$A Finish Line data to improve your high school’s FAFSA completion rates.  Counselors will share their experiences working with student-level FAFSA completion data to ensure each senior has the opportunity to receive their full financial aid eligibility!  These counselors’ best practices are simple, effective and scalable.  Maybe some of their ideas will work for you too.
 
Deena Lager  |  Director of Arizona Student Financial Aid and Arizona College Savings (529) Program  |  Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
Deena Lager’s passion for higher education started as an Admissions Office student guide during her freshman year, this role was the
start of a 20+ year career assisting students and families through the financial aid process. She has worked at both private and public universities in
WA, CA and AZ, specifically focused on scholarships, state financial aid, student loans, work-study and study abroad programs. Deena received her
Bachelor of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University.

Roxanne Dewyer  |  Program Manager  |  Northern Arizona College Resource Center
Roxanne Dewyer started her career with the Northern Arizona College Resource Center in 2011. Since then, she has worked with countless students across Northern Arizona helping them navigate the college going process. Roxanne is passionate about keeping education accessible to all students. She holds a MEd in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and BS in Anthropology from Michigan State University.

College and Career Readiness for LGBTQ Students  // ROOM 110
This workshop will build participants’ skills related to college and career readiness for LGBTQ students. We will dispel common myths, discuss strategies, explore resources, and review proven best practices for improving resiliency, academic achievement and career outcomes for LGBTQ young people.
 
Vincent Pompei  |  Director  |  Human Rights Campaign
Dr. Vincent Pompei is the Director of the Youth Well-Being Project at the Human Rights Campaign. Previously, he was the Project Director for the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership, served as President for the California Association of School Counselors and was a National Cadre Trainer for the National Education Association. In addition, he authored the LGBTQ section of the American School Counselor Association’s National Model and was selected by the National Education Association as a Classroom Superhero. 


Stress, Learning and the Brain: 30 Evidence-Based Strategies  // ROOM 112
We all want to experience the best life that we can, full of success, health and happiness, but how is this utopia possible when life throws us a curve ball knocking us off course? As an educator, stress is something that we must be able to manage. We must have a toolbox of strategies on hand, ready to keep us on track  to handle the obstacles that will come our way in life. An understanding of how stress affects our brain, and ways to lower stress are the tools that we will need to live a happy, healthy, successful life.
 
Andrea Samadi  |  Author and Founder  | Achieveit360.com
Andrea Samadi, a former middle school teacher, has spent the past 17 years researching some of the most successful thought leaders in the world. She participates in ongoing mentoring featuring the top neuroscience researchers in the country and has developed a curriculum for the classroom that helps increase learning by reducing stress. She has officially partnered with AZ Department of Education and her programs are running in AZ schools, as well as around the world.

Resilience Can Be Taught! 10 Tools to Motivate ANY Student  // ROOM 113
Discover 10 tools to help you foster resilience in even the most unmotivated students. Once you understand them, you won’t go another day without using them! Whether you work with students in one-on-one, small group, or classroom settings, you’ll gain the skills you need to deliver the life-changing power of resilience to students of any background and learning style.
 
Christian Moore  |  Founder, MsW, LCSW  |  WhyTry Organization
Christian Moore is an internationally renowned speaker, social worker, and author of The Resilience Breakthrough. The WhyTry Program that he authored is used in 18,000 institutions worldwide, and has proven to effectively teach the social and emotional skills needed to thrive in school and life.

What Does my $50.00 AzSCA Membership Fee Pay for Exactly?  //   ROOM 106
Have you ever wondered what your AzSCA membership fee pays for? Or have you ever thought, “What exactly are the benefits of being an AzSCA member?”  This session will clarify any misconceptions, questions, or curiosity you may have about the inner workings of our association.  You will walk away with a greater understanding of our ends policies and goals we have completed in order to reach that end result.  This session will be offered twice.

Janine Menard  |  AzSCA Board Chair  |  School Counselor  |  Isaac School District
Janine Menard has been a school counselor for 13 years, with 12 of those years in the Isaac School District.  She is currently a school counselor at Moya Elementary and Pueblo del Sol (K-8) Schools.  Janine enjoys serving the Isaac School District community, and is proud of the relationships she has built through her work with staff, parents, and students.