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NMSU Graduate wins national counseling award

A New Mexico State University College of Education graduate has been awarded the School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association.

Tammi Mackeben was one of more than 300 nominated elementary and secondary school counselors from around the country. The top 10 school counselors were nominated by their peers and administrators and judged by a selected panel to be the "best of the best." Counselors were judged on several aspects including creative school counseling innovations, effective counseling programs, leadership skills and their contribution to student advancement.

Mackeben received a master's degree in counseling and guidance at NMSU in May 1999.

"I went to graduate school at NMSU when they were just getting accredited," Mackeben said. "I heard very good things about the program and thought it would better prepare me for my career."

After she graduated, Mackeben became a school counselor in El Paso. She has been a school counselor at Ernesto Serna PK-8 School for eight years. As a school counselor, Mackeben is responsible for the academic achievements, personal and social development and career planning needs for students. She said she is honored to represent school counselors around the country.

"It's exciting, especially representing this part of the country," Mackeben said.

Mackeben said the counseling and guidance program at NMSU helped prepare her for her career and has excellent professors. She encourages anyone who is interested in counseling to get involved.

"It is a very rewarding career to help out students and better their lives," Mackeben said.

The American School Counselor Association is a nonprofit, professional organization based in Alexandria, Va. It promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of professional school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. The ASCA was founded in 1952 and currently has a network of 50 state associations and a membership of more than 23,000 school counseling professionals.

For more information visit www.schoolcounselor.org.