This week, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) celebrated Sarah Slemmons, a school counselor at Culver City Middle School, during this year’s School Counselors of the Year gala in Washington, D.C. Sarah was honored as the 2021 California School Counselor of the Year, alongside the 2022 state school counselors of the year. Due to COVID restrictions last year, the 2021 state winners were able to attend this year’s gala.
“Each year, the School Counselor of the Year program shows us what the research tells us – that school counselors have a significant impact on student’s academic achievement, social/emotional development, and plans for life after graduation,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “Through their dedication, contributions, and excellence, these state finalists have demonstrated their commitment to the values and mission of the school counseling profession.”
The School Counselor of the Year, finalists, and state school counselors of the year were celebrated in Washington, D.C., and will participate in webinars and additional online events during National School Counseling Week: February 7-11.
Yesterday, the 2021 and 2022 honorees visited the U.S. Department of Education for a fireside chat with U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, moderated by 2022 School Counselor of the Year Alma Lopez. Honorees then attended a black-tie gala for awards and celebrations.
Sarah has been a counselor at CCUSD since 2014 and still works in the Redondo Beach Unified School District as both an AVID tutor and a dance guard advisor. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Redlands and her master’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills.