The American School Counselor Association announced that Billy Earl Dade Middle School counselor Nwakaego Edordu is one of six finalists for the 2019 School Counselor of the Year awards program.
The award honors the school counseling professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for students, helping them achieve success in school and life. Edordu has served as a counselor at Dade Middle School for four years.
“Being named a finalist is a privilege and honor, but the biggest privilege is to help students, help this school, and help this community,” Edordu said.
Nominations for the School Counselor of the Year awards program were submitted by the state school counselor associations. Edordu and the other five finalists and their principals will travel to Washington, D.C., in late January for special celebratory and educational events. The finalists will be honored in an award ceremony and be formally recognized at a black-tie gala.
“The School Counselor of the Year award is an esteemed recognition for our profession,” said Richard Wong, American School Counselor Association executive director. “School counselors make significant contributions to the overall well‐being of students and their success. Their unique qualifications and training allow them to support students’ academic achievement, career development and social/emotional needs. This award highlights their commitment, dedication and excellence.”