The best school counselor in the state could be right here in El Paso.
Annette Monsisvais, the head counselor at Montwood High School, was selected as a 2018 Texas School Counselor of the Year finalist by the Lone Star State School Counselor Association.
Officials say the award honors those who run “top-notch and comprehensive” counseling programs at their schools, and devote their careers to helping students with academic, social, and emotional development.
“This is such an honor,” Monsivais said. “I am blessed to be at a campus that supports the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) model, and I am excited to represent my school and district at the state level.”
According to a news release, Monsisvais began her career as an English as a Second Language teacher in 1999. She later became a counselor in 2014 because she wanted to work with students on a deeper level.
“We began this journey several years ago,” she said. “We wanted to redirect the paradigm, strengthen our program and demonstrate proof of the positive results. We set our goals, from data, attendance, to behavior and we back them up with results.”
District officials say other school counselors, teachers, and administrators nominated Monsisvais for the award.
The winner will be announced at the annual LSSSCA conference in Frisco this November. If Monsisvais is named the Texas School Counselor of the Year, she will advance to the National School Counselor of the Year contest.
“I’m eager to show that even though I come from one of the largest districts in El Paso, following the ASCA model is still feasible,” she said. “I want to highlight SISD’s endless opportunities and Montwood’s model ‘Where Excellence Abounds,’ so we can continue to be an example for everyone else.”
Monsisvais is among five Texas counselors to have been selected as a finalist for the recognition.