He nominated  the winner - Three Rivers High School graduate Tim Staffen sits in the Blue Room of the White House while in Washington D.C. for the National School Counselor of the Year recognition. Photo provided

Two with local ties participate in national Counselor of Year event

Staffen quoted by First Lady

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two people with local ties were recently represented at the White House’s 2017 National School Counselor of the Year recognition this past week: Centreville Jr./Sr. High counselor Sarah Dickman, who is on the governing board of the Michigan School Counselor Association as its High School Vice President and its Professional Recognitions and Scholarship Chair; and Tim Staffen, a 1986 Three Rivers High School graduate and principal of the Calhoun Area Career Center who nominated the winner, CACC counselor Terri Tchorzynski.
It was Dickman’s committee that selected Tchorzynski for State Counselor of the Year, as a result of which she went on for national consideration.
“It felt wonderful,” Dickman said.
She said this year’s ceremony was special because First Lady Michelle Obama combined the ceremony with her Reach Higher program, which she initiated to boost college attendance.
Dickman, who has been a counselor at Centreville for 13 years and on the MSCA board for two years, said the most meaningful part of the event for her was being so close when Michelle Obama was giving her address.
“It was her last official event as First Lady, and she dedicated it to counselors,” Dickman said.
Staffen said he got to go because he nominated Tchorzynski.
“ASCA (the American School Counselor Association) believes strongly in the relationship the counseling department and administrative leadership,” he said. If administrators have counselors doing scheduling all the time, “they don’t have the time to do data-driven activities that make a good counseling program.”

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