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Local Educators Take Home Awards

December 10, 2019


The Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) has recognized school counselors for their commitment to the profession and for the services provided to their students and families. We are proud to announce that seven of the ten counselors recognized with national awards or state-level individual recognition are from the Mississippi Bend AEA region. These awards are nominated by and voted on by their peers, and recipients are identified through a selection process by the ISCA Board of Directors. 

The awards were given out at their Annual Conference on November 3-5, 2019. Local school counselors who received awards were:

Theresa Putnam-Genz, Louisa-Muscatine & Columbus Community School District
Multi-Level School Counselor of the Year

Theresa serves as a multi-level school counselor for Louisa-Muscatine Community School District, Columbus Community School District and Muscatine Community College. She has been involved in a number of professional activities, committee involvement and presentations to further the school counseling profession. Louisa-Muscatine Superintendent, Mike Van Sickle says, “Theresa does much more than teaching students about college/career options, driving them to scholarship opportunities, talking to parents in the evenings, and communicating with graduates in her new and innovative counseling program.” Former student, Jennifer Fernandez-Miranda wrote “Mrs. Putnam pushes us to be the best versions of ourselves. She encourages us to take opportunities that we may not have had the guts to take on our own. She is there to comfort us during our difficult times and to celebrate with us during the best of times.”

Amanda Steines, Clinton Community School District
High School Counselor of the Year

As a member of the Clinton counseling team since 2007, Amanda has received two RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) national awards for a comprehensive school counseling program. Colleague, Sue Schrader said she “has proven herself to be an asset to Clinton High School by stimulating improvements within the School Counseling Program and offering suggestions for change. She has also actively participated in our staff development program throughout her employment which has centered on the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and Response to Intervention, including being our department PLC leader.” In addition, Amanda works to share knowledge by presenting at state conferences, AEA Counselor Academy, and counseling program students.

David Ford, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
School Counseling Advocate of the Year

While David’s work as the director of AEA PREP is notable, his advocacy for school counselors pre-dates the creation of PREP. He is a former school counselor and school counselor leader, which has informed his work with the AEA. David is constantly advocating for understanding the school counselor’s role and he is also careful to demonstrate that college and career readiness is not the lone job of the school counselor. Mississippi Bend AEA, Chief Administrator, William J. Decker said, “I can personally attest to the difference David Ford has made for counselors in our agency, in the school districts of the Mississippi Bend AEA area, and across the state of Iowa. His efforts have led to a dramatic increase in the number of counselors who participate in the MBAEA counselor academy, promoting continuous learning, collaboration between districts, and improvement in the use of data in driving improved services to students.”

Amanda DeWulf, Maquoketa Community Schools
Iowa Representative for ASCA National School Counselor of the Year

Amanda was selected amongst the 2018 School Counselor of the Year recipients to be the American School Counselor of the Year, State of Iowa Representative. Over the past four years, she has assisted in creating an articulated K-12 counseling program for Maquoketa Community Schools while developing and implementing a comprehensive, data-driven program to meet the diverse needs of her students.

Sue Schrader, Amanda Steines, Jeremiah Avise-Rouse, Clinton High School Counselors
National RAMP

Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) is the culmination of a comprehensive school counseling program as recognized by ASCA, our national school counselor organization. Clinton High School was one of this year's award recipients along with Peet Junior High.

Congratulations to these outstanding local educators for being recognized as 2019 ISCA award winners!

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