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2020 Nebraska School Counselor of the Year

              

LINCOLN, NE – Feb. 21, 2020 – Megan McDougal, School Counselor at Bell Elementary School in Papillion, NE, was named the 2020 Nebraska School Counselor of the Year at a formal dinner at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, NE on Friday, February 21, 2020.  The dinner recognized six outstanding school counselors from across the state in room filled with family, friends, and dignitaries.  Ms. McDougal was introduced to attendees prior to the meal as a Finalist for the 2020 School Counselor of the Year by Ms. Mary Derby, Assistant Principal of Belle Elementary School.  After dinner Ms. McDougal was announced as the 2019 School Counselor of the Year by the 2019 Nebraska School Counselor of the Year, M.s Rachel Catlett. She received her award from Jake Willems, Chair of the Nebraska School Counselor Association Governing Board and Doug Hauserman, Executive Director of the Nebraska School Counselor Association.   Ms. McDougal then delivered a brief acceptance speech

 

As the 2020 Nebraska School Counselor of the Year, Ms. McDougal will represent Nebraska in the American School Counselor Association’s National School Counselor of the Year contest.  As such she will be invited to attend the American School Counselor Association’s School Counselor of the Year Gala in February of 2021.   The Nebraska School Counselor Association presented Ms. McDougal with a $500 stipend at the dinner to cover expenses not covered by the American School Counselor Association for her to attend the School Counselor of the Year Gala in Washington, DC

 

Semi-Finalists recognized were Carla Brauer from the Sidney Public Schools, Fran Hassler from the Ponca Public Schools and Jerry Wiggins from the Gothenburg Public Schools.  The other finalist recognized were Tasha Osten of the Raymond Central Public Schools and Loni Watson from the Chadron Public Schools.  Ms. Osten was introduced to the attendees by Raymond Central Jr/Sr High Principal, Allison Stansberry and Ms. Watson was introduced by Chadron High School Principal, Jerry Mack.

 

A photo is included of Ms. Osten being recognized.  In the photo from left to right are: Doug Hauserman-Nebraska School Counselor Association Executive Director, Allison Stansberry-Raymond Central Jr/Sr High School Principal, Tasha Osten-Raymond Central Jr/Sr High School Counselor, and Jake Willems Chair of the Nebraska School Counselor Association Governing Board.   Interview requests of Ms. McDougal, Ms. Osten and of the Nebraska School Counselor Association can be made through Doug Hauserman at nscaexecdirector@gmail.com.

 

 

About the Nebraska School Counselor Association

The Nebraska School Counselor Association (NSCA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) that promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of school counselors through leadership advocacy, collaboration and systemic change.  NSCA provides professional development for Nebraska School Counselors to aid them in guiding their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development to help today’s student become tomorrow’s productive contributing members of society.  The Nebraska School Counselor Association is a division of the American School Counselor Association.