LAFAYETTE, La. – The Lafayette Parish School Counselor Association announced Friday the 2019-2020 Lafayette Parish School Counselors of the Year.
Lana Broussard, Renee North and Tracie Bordelon will be recognized at the Louisiana School Counselor Association Conference Awards Luncheon on September 29, 2019, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans
Lana Broussard, School Counselor at Live Oak Elementary, was nominated for implementing a Comprehensive School Counseling Program at her school that serves all students. Her students are supported with classroom guidance lessons, as well as small group and individual counseling, according to Randy Bernard, Academic Specialist, Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS). She has implemented mindfulness training for her first graders to learn specific breathing techniques that can comfort them during stressful times not only at school but also in their daily lives. Broussard also represents Live Oak and Lafayette Parish as a Tier II trainer for the Lafayette Parish Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. She assists all of her students in developing communication, life skills and character values.
Renee North was nominated for the Louisiana Middle School Counselor of the Year. She is currently a school counselor at LJ Alleman Middle School and has been a school counselor in Lafayette Parish for the last 20 years, stated Bernard. She provides a comprehensive school counseling program to middle school students during this important developmental time period. In order to assist these students in coping with this life phase, she has created a “friendship club” for new students at her school. This has proven to help transition her students into making new connections at their new school. She has also identified students who are frequently absent and developed a positive attendance program for them. She meets with these students to identify reasons for their absences and helps in setting goals for them so that they are no longer missing key components in their education.
One of Lafayette High’s school counselors, Tracie Bordelon, was nominated for the Louisiana High School Counselor of the Year. Bordelon has a direct impact on her students’ lives by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that includes classroom lessons, small group and individual counseling, according to Bernard. She has enhanced the career potential of her high school students by encouraging them to earn numerous Louisiana Jumpstart credentials so that they can get a high demand, high wage job after high school. She also works with her School Building Level Committee (SBLC) to ensure her students benefit from a comprehensive intervention that can help them succeed in the classroom.