Laurin Counselor Wins Middle School Counselor of the Year

posted Mar 5, 2015, 3:30 PM by BGPS Web

Laurin Counselor Wins Middle School Counselor of the Year

March 5, 2015

Marla Caesar, counselor at Laurin Middle School, has received the state Middle School Counselor of the Year award from the Washington School Counselor Association (WSCA).

"Marla is dedicated to our students and has a heart of gold," said Nick Krause, Laurin Middle School principal. "She continues to make strong connections with our students, is a strong advocate and truly cares about our students' well-being."

Caesar joined Battle Ground Public Schools in October 2012 after counseling at elementary and middle schools in the Camas School District for 17 years. "The award means a lot to me," Caesar said. "It's coming from people who I have a lot of respect for." Caesar appreciates the support of the school district's staff and counseling team, who have helped her to learn and grow over the years.

Caesar's colleagues nominated her for the award, and she was selected by the WSCA committee based on criteria set by the American School Counseling Association. Recipients of the award run top-notch, comprehensive counseling programs at their schools.

WSCA helps to provide professional school counselors with knowledge, skills and resources that enable students to improve and thrive in their schools, homes, communities and the world. Caesar plans on pouring the momentum and energy that she has gained from her experience back into her students. They are the ones who motivate her to do her best. "If it wasn't for the kids and who they are," Caesar said, "I wouldn't be doing this. This award is because of them."