As we find ourselves in the middle of National School Counselor Week, February 2-6, it is a great time to celebrate members of our profession and the impact they have on students.  As we know, much of the heroic work done is not on display, nor is it quantifiable.  It is done through person to person connections, and in the offices, classrooms and hallways all across the nation.

For the first time ever, the White House hosted the School Counselor of the Year Ceremony.  At the event, hosted in the East Room of the White House, , Mrs. Obama honored school counselors from across the country, and particularly High School Counselor of the Year, Cory Notestine from Alamosa High School in Colorado.

Mrs. Obama does a great job acknowledging the work done by school counselors, referring to their ability to change the future of this country.  “It’s about time we (White House) started giving our school counselors the support and recognition they deserve” Obama said prior to introducing the Counselor of the Year, noting this is the first time this ceremony took place in a setting befitting its importance.

You can view the full ceremony in this video.