GISD campuses honored for excellence in counseling

Sixteen Garland ISD campuses were recently honored for demonstrating excellence in counseling. The schools received 2015 Texas School Counselor Association CREST Awards, joining a group of just 56 schools statewide to snag the distinction.

“I was in shock when I received the email stating that Weaver Elementary School was a CREST winner,” counselor Amanda Knight said. “I immediately called our principal, Dr. Miley, to share the news because she worked closely with me on the application. It is definitely an honor to be recognized as a school that shows counseling excellence.”

Weaver was one of 12 GISD elementary schools recognized this year. Austin Academy for Excellence, as well as Garland, Lakeview Centennial and Naaman Forest high schools, rounded out the district’s honorees.

In order to become a CREST Award winner, a campus’ counseling program must demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives and achievement of students in academic, career and social domains. A panel of judges determines if candidates achieve that standard based on seven factors, including student results, school climate and principal support.

“It was eye-opening to even myself how integral the school counselor is to supporting the campus as a whole,” Knight commented. “Many people do not know all of the responsibilities of a school counselor. I hope this distinction helps people recognize all that goes into having a strong counseling program.”

GISD’s winners were celebrated at the statewide School Counselor Conference in early February. The district also held a congratulatory luncheon during National School Counseling Week, and the Board of Trustees will continue recognitions at its next meeting, March 22.

A complete list of winning schools is below.

  • Austin Academy for Excellence
  • Bullock Elementary School
  • Classical Center at Vial Elementary School
  • Davis Elementary School
  • Garland High School
  • Hillside Academy for Excellence
  • Lakeview Centennial High School
  • Liberty Grove Elementary School
  • Montclair Elementary School
  • Naaman Forest High School
  • Park Crest Elementary School
  • Roach Elementary School
  • Sewell Elementary School
  • Stephens Elementary School
  • Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence
  • Weaver Elementary School