WCSD Employee Named Nevada School Counselor of the Year

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell




WCSD Employee Named Nevada School Counselor of the Year


Reno, NV (October 4, 2019) – Rachel Drake, a longtime educator and school counselor for the Washoe County School District (WCSD), has been named the Nevada School Counselor of the Year. This honor recognizes a school counselor who follows best practices in their comprehensive school counseling program.


The American School Counselor Association is currently considering her for the national honor that will be announced in November. Early next year, Drake will represent Nevada at the national gala in Washington, D.C.


Drake has worked in public education for more than two decades and has worked as a school counselor for 13 years. She has experience in middle school, high school, and alternative programs in Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada. Drake is currently the lead school counselor at Vaughn Middle School in Reno.


“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor,” said Vaughn Middle School Principal Dr. Victoria Roybal. “Mrs. Drake has proven to be an incredible advocate for students, ensuring that they have the opportunities and access that they need to be able to thrive.”


“As a school counselor, I get to be proud of all of my students as they grow,” said Rachel Drake. “My comprehensive program uses a combination of planned initiatives and intentional collaboration with staff to support my students’ personal, academic, and career development. And really, this is happening across the district with our more than 200 school counselors. This is the work my colleagues and I do every day.”


Drake was praised for her hard work in assisting families with communicating with school staff, providing families with guidance and information about International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, transitioning to middle school, accessing high school options in WCSD, and participating in multiple data nights and other family events. She helps students and families learn how to access school policies, procedures, and resources while also helping staff members understand issues from student/family points of view. Widely considered to be a “problem solver,” her colleagues say she constantly works to create a better school environment for students and staff members.


One of Drake’s colleagues at Vaughn Middle School nominated her for the state recognition, writing, “Rachel will advocate for her students in any situation needed. [She] led our school in the amount of home visits she did this year… and her home visits have resulted in students having better relationships with teachers and administrators, students being connected to much-needed outside mental health providers, and families being more comfortable navigating what can be a complicated education system… She is the kind of advocate that works quietly and diligently behind the scenes, without the need for acclamation or praise—the exact person who deserves all of the acclamation and praise.”


“We are proud to have Rachel Drake represent our counselors on a national level,” said Katherine Loudon, counseling coordinator for WCSD. “We look forward to more of her exceptional school counselor leadership for our students, staff members, and families.”

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