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Counselors Named Texas School Counselor of the Year Finalists

by Heather Reynolds

Congratulations to Sonntag Elementary School counselor Ana Travis and Lawler Middle School counselor Cara Yeates who were named as finalists for Texas School Counselor of the Year. Travis and Yeates were selected as finalists for School Counselor of the Year based on their ability to create systemic change within the profession through significant leadership, collaboration and advocacy. They increase student success through their comprehensive school counseling programs. As candidates, Travis and Yeates completed an extensive application process and were judged by a panel of counseling professionals on multiple criteria, including school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership skills and contributions to student achievement.

Counselor Ana Travis Travis has been with Frisco ISD for 15 years and is thankful to work in a District that prioritizes the needs of students. She continually evolves the counseling program at Sonntag to meet the needs of children as they change over time.

“Our campus is willing to do anything we can to provide all of the tools students need in order to be the best version of themselves,” Travis said.  “I strongly feel that each and every student is capable of becoming everything they want to be. My greatest accomplishment is simply knowing my students. I take pride in knowing each child and want them to know that I love them very much.”

She credits much of the success of the campus to the supportive staff who work alongside her for the benefit of students each day. Managing Director of Guidance and Counseling Dr. Stephanie Cook says that Travis is always prepared to give kids exactly what they need.

“Ana is a leader among elementary counselors by supporting her campus with guidance and support to students and staff,” Cook said. “She has worked on her campus to meet the personal needs of her campus, but she has also contributed to the efforts of the entire district during COVID to provide development in the area of social-emotional learning during eLearning.”

Counselor Cara Yeates at Lawler Middle School, Cara Yeates is proud to serve the students and teachers as a campus leader. “Opening Lawler two years ago was a tremendous and unique opportunity for counselors to set the climate and culture of the school for staff, students and the community,” Yeates said. “As a counselor, I love to help build connections between students and teachers. It’s about serving the best interests of our students academically, socially and emotionally. I got into education because I always knew I wanted to be a force of positivity for children. I enjoy building relationships to help them know they are cared for so that they can grow and do anything they want to do.”

“Cara embodies both innovation and tradition, rigor and grace,” Cook said. “She is a true asset to our secondary teams and our District counseling department.”

Travis and Yeates will be honored at the Annual Lone Star State School Counselor Association Conference in Dallas, November 8-10. The Texas School Counselor of the Year award is presented by the Lone Star State School Counselor Association which represents school counselors across Texas. Thank you to these amazing counselors for their service to the students and staff of Frisco ISD.

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