The Texas School Counselor Association has named Ebony Stewart, career counselor for the Greater Waco Advanced Academies, the “High School Counselor of the Year,” and also named Ms. Stewart as a recipient of the prestigious Rhosine Fleming Memorial Award. The awards were presented at the annual awards luncheon in Dallas on November 3.
The Rhosine Fleming Award was established to identify and recognize outstanding counselors who demonstrate leadership in the counseling profession. This statewide award is only presented to three school counselors each year – one at the high school, middle school, and elementary school level.
Ms. Stewart began her career in education teaching science at the same middle school where she also attended as a student. That experience inspired her to pursue a master’s degree in school counseling and later earn her LPC.
As a member of the Heart of Texas Counseling Association (HOTCA), Ms. Stewart has had the opportunity to build professional relationships beyond the school setting. She said she has benefitted from the relationships she has built, the mentoring it has provided and the networking opportunities.
“It’s a great community of professional counseling,” she said.
Ms. Stewart was recently chosen to serve as Senator of organization.
“She believes in staying current in the field and in doing whatever it takes to provide the best for her students,” Sharon K. Cunningham, LPC, said of Stewart.
Cunningham is the awards chairman for the Heart of Texas Counseling Association and was responsible for submitting Stewart’s nomination to the state awards committee.
“As a member of HOTCA and one in private practice, I have had the opportunity to see first-hand what kind of counselor she is. She is proactive with her students as well as being very organized and professional at all times,” Cunningham said.
In Stewart’s current position as a career counselor for the high school healthcare and manufacturing academies, she guides students through their career plan in high school and then follows them in their post-high school studies to ensure they are able to continue on their chosen path. Since Waco partners with 15 other districts, she stays busy working with students from the entire Central Texas area.
The skills she relies upon are compassion, patience, flexibility, commitment and an attention to detail, said Cunningham.
“These are the characteristics which have enabled her to provide thoughtful service to her clients, which is an important attribute of an outstanding counselor.”
Stewart is married to James Stewart Jr., assistant principal at Waco High School.
Waco ISD Photo, Mary Senter
The Waco ISD Board of Trustees recognized Ebony Stewart, career counselor for the Greater Waco Advanced Academies, for being named the “High School Counselor of the Year” by the Texas School Counselor Association. Ms. Stewart also received the organization’s “Rhosine Fleming Memorial Award,” a prestigious award that is only presented to three high school counselors each year.
Pictured left to right: Shelley Rogers-Sharer (Heart of Texas Counseling Association President); James Stewart, Ebony Stewart, Sharon K. Cunningham (Heart of Texas Counseling Association Awards Chair), and Sharon Hetherington (Awards Committee Member) at the Waco ISD Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 17, 2016.