The counseling programs at Baty Elementary School, the Opportunity Center, Del Valle Middle School are recipients of the Texas School Counselor Association (TSCA) Counselors Reinforcing Excellence in Texas (CREST) award for the 2019-2020 school year.

The CREST award highlights comprehensive counseling programs that include four components: guidance curriculum, responsive services, individual planning and system support. Collaboratively, the school counselor and other key stakeholders continuously monitor outcomes of the counseling programs to ensure the four components are being successfully met.

“We value social/emotional learning for all students. Only in taking care of the mental and physical well being of students can true academic learning happen,” said Baty Elementary School Principal Laura Carlin-Gonzalez. “We are so excited to be recognized for these efforts and credit it to the leadership of our counseling program.” 

This is the fourth year the Del Valle Middle School counseling program has received the CREST award.

Diana Birdsong and Alexis Baker, counselors at DVMS, agreed the CREST recognizes the continuous quality improvement of counseling programs in the delivery of services to students while also supporting teachers, staff and community members. Opportunity Center counselor Sarah Flint agreed, “The award is meaningful because it shows the pride each campus has in working with our students.”

“With Baty, DVMS and the OC as recipients of the CREST awards, this highlights DVISD’s commitment to providing comprehensive counseling services focusing on social-emotional and academic support to all of our students,” said Erica Hill, Coordinator of Counseling and College and Career Readiness.

All three counseling programs will be recognized at the February 18th Board Meeting.

Baty Elementary counseling team photoDel Valle Middle School counseling team photoSarah Flint