Counselor Ally

Ohio County Schools is celebrating the dedicated work of its school counselors and their commitment to their students.

“National School Counseling Week 2021” is being celebrated Feb. 1-5, and this year’s theme is “School Counselors: All In for All Students.” “National School Counseling Week” is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, and it is always celebrated the first full week of February. Its goal is to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and highlight the important role school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Superintendent Kim Miller said Ohio County Schools is fortunate to have such dedicated and caring school counselors.

“Our counselors have a tremendous impact on the lives and achievements of our students,” Miller said. “We’re proud of them, and their students appreciate them. Counselors have such an important role, and they take their work very seriously every day. They do all they can to help their students succeed.”

Woodsdale Elementary School counselor Allyson Kangisser said she appreciates National School Counseling Week because it highlights the import efforts of school counselors . She said school counselors work hard to reduce barriers such as housing access, mental health needs and safety concerns that stand in the way of student learning. Kangisser said National School Counseling Week lets school counselors know their work is appreciated, and she added that being a school counselor is quite rewarding. 

“I love my job because I get to build relationships with students and become a consistent person in their life,” she said. “It’s important for them to know that I will be there if they need to talk. I love to teach children about abuse prevention because it really makes students aware of ways to stay safe when they are not at school, especially at a young age. I also love being a part of rewards and honor celebrations because it gives me the opportunity to get to see kids happy when they are successful.”