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TUSD Counselors of the Year

Posted May 17, 2013

On Wednesday, May 8, at the TUSD K12 School Guidance Counselor training, four outstanding school counselors were presented with the TUSD School Guidance Counselor of the Year certificates.

Elementary level counselor of the year – Arlene Doran (Henry Elementary)
Arlene's efforts go beyond the school day and impact entire communities. Her proactive, prevention-based counseling program focuses on the social, emotional, and mental health of her students, supporting their success academically and in their future careers.

K-8 counselor of the year – Melisa Mendez (Ft. Lowell/Townsend)
Melisa brings an unparalleled passion and level of energy to her job. The students she works with are instilled with the knowledge that they can and will succeed. A true professional in every way, Melisa demonstrates what it means to serve K-8 students and provides a comprehensive school counseling program that meets the needs of all her students.

Middle school counselor of the year – Donna Sanders (Dodge)

Donna ensures that each student is given the attention he or she needs. Her approach to counseling is thorough, organized, highly skilled, intuitive, creative and determined.

High School counselor of the year - Beverely Elliott (Palo Verde)

Beverely Elliott – Beverely is the ultimate school counselor! Her dedication, compassion, attention to detail and unfailing commitment to students is unparalleled! Beverely has worked as a counselor at several schools during her career in TUSD and currently works at Palo Verde High School. Beverely has been the counseling department chairperson, has mentored many, many counselor interns from the UA, NAU and other universities, is a master community ‘connector’, and has made a tremendous difference in the lives of her students and the entire school community.

Congratulations to these professional, hard-working, reliable and compassionate school counselors!