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Honor for local school counselor

Silhouettes of education milestones proceed from elementary students to college graduates in a hallway at E.G. Ross Elementary in 2016. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Copyright © 2018 Albuquerque Journal

The New Mexico School Counselor Association has announced Kendra Moulton as the 2019 New Mexico school counselor of the year.

The ASCA School Counselor of the Year program is designed to highlight professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for students, helping them achieve success in school and in life, organizers said in a news release.

“I am extremely honored to be selected for this award!!” Moulton told the Journal in an email.

Kendra Moulton

Honorees are selected based on several criteria, including: counseling innovations, effective programs, leadership and advocacy skills and contributions to student advancement, according to a news release.

“School counselors make significant contributions to the overall well-being of students and their success,” said Richard Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director in a statement.

“Their unique qualifications and training allow them to support students’ academic achievement, career development and social/emotional needs,” he said. “This award highlights their commitment, dedication and excellence.”

Moulton has been school counselor at E.G. Ross Elementary School in Albuquerque since 2010, a district resource officer from 2006-2010 and a counselor at Onate Elementary from 1993-2006.

The 2005-2006 APS Counselor of the Year earned a bachelor’s in psychology (1988) and a master’s (1992) in counseling and educational pyschology, botth at New Mexico State University.

Moulton made a small news splash in 2014 when then First Lady Michelle Obama mentioned her name during an address at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

Obama recognized Moulton for creating a college mindset in elementary school.

APS counselors there reported this excerpt:

“And Kendra Moulton … is Kendra … is she in the house? Well, let me tell you about Kendra, because she couldn’t make it. (Laughter.) She’s a school counselor at the Edmund G. Ross Elementary School in Albuquerque, and …”

Audience member: “Woo hoo!”

Mrs. Obama: “Yeah … (laughter) … and works to create a college mindset starting as early as kindergarten. She does this by plastering her school with college pennants, and sponsoring college T-shirt days. She conducts career days with fifth graders, pushing them to think about the higher education that they’re going to need for the jobs of their dreams.”