Five Humble ISD Schools Receive CREST Counseling Award

March 5, 2018 — Five Humble ISD schools received a CREST (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence in Texas) award for excellence in school counseling — from classroom guidance to college and career readiness to equipping students with the social and emotional skills necessary to be successful in and out of the classroom. ??Since its inception in 2005, CREST, which is sponsored by the Texas School Counseling Association (TSCA), has strived to recognize the very best in school counseling. CREST is described as a “continuous improvement document that school counseling programs can use to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to obtaining results.” Through CREST, counselors can highlight how their program and campus supports students.??“It’s a real honor for a school to be a CREST award recipient. The criteria for this recognition is reflective of the standard set by the Texas Counseling Association,” Lesa Pritchard, Humble ISD Director of Counseling and Behavioral Services, said. “It means that a school counseling program is operating to maximum effect, serving its students, staff and community.”

All Texas schools are eligible to pursue the CREST application process. This year, 69 schools from across the state were honored with a CREST award. Schools are evaluated in seven categories: principal’s comments, school counseling advisory council, school climate and safety, student results, major achievements, community partnerships/resources and parent collaboration. ??“The CREST award is more than just a recognition that comes with a banner to hang at the school. It’s a means by which we can advocate for our counseling department and demonstrate how we support student success in school,” Janet Graczyk, Atascocita High School Lead Counselor, said. “It’s more important than ever that we recognize the importance of the whole child – academic, personal and social The CREST award serves as further validation of how we serve our students and community on a daily basis.”??CREST winners were recognized at an awards dinner during the TSCA conference on Feb. 18 in Galveston, Texas. ??“The application process for the award is tough because it focuses in on every aspect of an existing program,” Pritchard said. “But it also helps programs structure their services and set goals to maximize their impact. As a result of the awards, we have programs that are even better than before.”

Side note: All Texas School Counselor Association (TSCA) counselor of the year awards were won by Humble ISD counselors: Jennifer Vandenbrook, Pine Forest Elementary Counselor, was named Elementary Counselor of the Year; Jennifer Burch, Atascocita Middle School Counselor, was named Middle School Counselor of the Year; Karen Kruger, Kingwood High School Counselor, was named High School Counselor of the Year; and Janet Graczyk, Atascocita High School Lead Counselor, was named Counseling Supervisor of the Year.

Humble ISD CREST Award Winners:

  • Oaks Elementary
  • Pine Forest Elementary
  • Riverwood Middle School
  • Kingwood High School
  • Kingwood Park High School