A Billy Earl Dade Middle School counselor is being honored in Washington D.C. this weekend for her outstanding contributions to the overall well-being of students.
The American School Counselor Association named Dade Middle School counselor Nwakaego Edordu Oriji as 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 Oriji 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 Oriji said.
Dallas ISD Director of Counseling Services JoAnn Jackson-Powell applauded the impact Edordu Oriji has on students.
“We are so proud to have Nwakaego represent Dallas ISD. She is truly about the students and is striving to make a difference,” Jackson-Powell said. “She is entirely focused on their social and emotional needs, while setting them up to succeed. That’s what counselors do.”
National School Counseling Week is Feb. 4–8 and is chance to celebrate the contributions that school counselors make to students. The 2019 theme is “School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life.”