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Rodriguez Middle School counseling department wins CREST award


Denton Independent School District’s Rodriguez Middle School Counseling Department was recently named as recipients of the CREST Award, which annually recognizes the top counseling staff in the state, by the Texas School Counselor Association.

This marks the seventh consecutive year that at least one Denton ISD campus has received a CREST Award.

The Rodriguez Middle School counseling staff consists of lead Counselor Stephani Mohon, counselor Michael Rooney, and student assistance counselor Jennifer Cheek.

Each of the recipients was honored during the TSCA virtual conference in February.

“We’ve been fortunate to receive this recognition from TSCA as a district for many years going back to 2005,” said Amy Lawrence, director of counseling services. “But at a time when the social and emotional well-being of so many of us has been put to the test in dealing with the far-reaching impacts of a global pandemic just further solidifies the hard work our counseling staffs put in daily to provide invaluable services to our students and families in Denton ISD.”

The CREST Award was introduced by the Texas School Counselor Association in 2005 to recognize excellence in school counseling.
CREST (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas) This is a program focusing on ten areas where school counselors have the greatest impact on the achievements, career aspirations, personal gains, and social aspects of students’ lives. The program helps counselors evaluate their current counseling guidelines and techniques, while also promoting their services to students and parents.