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MNVA’s Tina Barness named State of MN Elementary Counselor of the Year
MNVA’s Tina Barness named State of MN Elementary Counselor of the Year
Tina Barness, Houston Public Schools/MNVA counselor received the Southeast Minnesota Elementary School Counselor of the Year (SEMSCA) award at a special celebration last night in Rochester. 
 

Earlier in the day, Tina was notified that she also won the State Award, which is called the Minnesota School Counselors Association (MSCA) Elementary Counselor of the Year award.  Tina will receive the State Award at the annual MSCA State Conference banquet on May 4, 2015 in Brainerd, Minnesota.
 
Winning this award at the state level qualifies Tina to be nominated for the National award from the American School Counselors Association (ASCA).
 

Tina was hired in summer of 2007, and this is her eighth year with the District. She first started as the MNVA K-9 counselor (2007-2008) and then became the MNVA K-8 counselor (2008-present).  A previous MNVA counselor, Samantha Wagner, nominated Tina for the award. 
 
Tina says, “I am extremely honored to have been nominated and to be receiving the awards. I entered this profession to make a difference and help others and that is what I work toward every day. I work with amazing colleagues at MNVA/HPS and I would not be earning this award without all of the work they do each and every day.”

CONGRATULATIONS Tina!  Thank you for your dedication and hard work.
 
Award Name Award Type Awarded By Award Presentation Location
WON: Southeast Minnesota Elementary School Counselor of the Year Regional Southeast Minnesota School Counselors Association (SEMSCA) Rochester, MN
WON: Minnesota School Counselors Association (MSCA) Elementary Counselor of the Year State Minnesota School Counselors Association  (MSCA) Brainerd, MN
CAN BE NOMINATED FOR:
2016 School Counselor of the Year 
National American School Counselors Association (ASCA) Washington, DC
 
Below is the Eligibility and Recognition Criteria for the Minnesota School Counselors Association (MSCA) Elementary Counselor of the Year award.
ELIGIBILITY
  • The nominee must be currently employed as a full?time or part?time school counselor and have completed a minimum of three consecutive years of counseling service at the level of nomination.
  • The nominee must be a professional member of MSCA as of December 1 of the year prior to the Awards Recognition Gala.
  • The nominee must hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent in school counseling and be licensed by the state of Minnesota.
 
RECOGNITION 
  • The nominee must demonstrate awareness and knowledge of the ASCA National Model and have been responsible for school counseling innovations or further development of programs aligning with the ASCA National Model to support the career, personal/social and academic development of all students.  
  • Nominees must demonstrate leadership, advocacy and collaboration in their work and promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous education experiences for all students to maximize student achievement.  
  • Nominees must also demonstrate collaboration with stakeholders. The activities or accomplishments recognized must have taken place within five (5) years prior to the date of the presentation.
  • The nominee should maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and recognize that his/her personal conduct is held up to public scrutiny.  Nominees strive to be model citizens of their community as well as the school counseling community and their broader professional community.  They maintain high moral standards in their personal and professional conduct.
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