School Counselor Of The Year

Congratulations to our 2021 SCOY!

Allyson is the school counselor at Sycamore Elementary School in Cookeville, TN.  She been at Sycamore for 10 years! Sycamore's school counseling program received RAMP recognition in February 2021 for having an ASCA model program.  She is passionate about teaching students life skills that will help them have a more successful life.  When she is not working, she is  trying to keep up with my two awesome and wild little boys.  Allyson has  been married 14 years to her best friend, Nathan.  They love to travel and eat yummy food.  Around school, she is known as the "ice cream lady" for her love of ice cream.  She loves working with students, collaborating with others to help students succeed, and advocating for this wonderful career. 

When she heard about her award, Allyson said "The state of Tennessee is full of amazing and well-deserving counselors.  I am honored and humbled to be the school counselor of the year."


SCOY Nominations

TSCA's honoree is submitted to ASCA's School Counselor of the Year program. The honoree is honored in events in Washington, DC.

TSCA's School Counselor of the Year nomination process is the ONLY way to be considered nationally!

SCOY nominations open February 5th-March 5th

Non-members can nominate, but must be TSCA member to BE nominated

All nominees’ materials must be submitted by March 12th

Notification by May 1st

Contact with questions

Administrator of the Year and TSCA Advocacy Award

Matt Adler is the principal of Lakeland Preparatory School in Lakeland, TN.  He opened the school in 2017 with grades 5-8 and is currently preparing to add grades 9-12 beginning with ninth grade in the fall of 2022.  He has served as an educator for 21 years and as an administrator for the last 7 years.  Matt believes school counselors are at the core of a healthy school culture. The support school counselors provide all stakeholders is priceless. From academic support to supporting the social and emotional well being of students, school counselors play a vital role in a healthy school climate which makes them invaluable. 

Matt is passionate about education and wants the best for every child that walks through the doors of Lakeland Preparatory. Matt has an 11 year old son and has been married to his wife for 16 years.  When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family.  

When Mr. Adler was notified of the award he stated “I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award and look forward to many more years in education supporting the work of school counselors.”

Administrator of the Year and TSCA Advocacy Award Nominations open February 5th-March 5th

must be TSCA member to nominate

Non-members can be nominated

Notification by May 1st

Contact with questions

Conference Scholarship Winners

Jennifer Ervin, M.Ed., won our scholarship to this years SCALI conference. She is a school counselor at Whitthrone Middle School.

Emily Wiersema, won of one of our TSCA Scholarships to our virtual conference.  She is an elementary school counselor in Hamilton County Schools and we are thrilled she could join us online to learn from leaders around the country,

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