Welcome from the President
Welcome school counselors!
Thank you for stopping by our website. I hope you find our wealth of resources and membership opportunities helpful and you consider being a member, if you are not already.
As you think about becoming a member or consider why you continue your membership, I want to share my membership story. I first joined ISCA while I was a graduate student at the University of Iowa. Since that time, my involvement with the organization has grown from my first state conference in 2011 to my first experience on the board as the K-12 Vice President.
I had only been a counselor for a year or two before my internship supervisor encouraged me to run for a position on the board. To say I was nervous and doubtful that I could contribute is an understatement. I wasn’t sure that it was the right time or if I was the right person. It turned out to be one of the best experiences that I could have as a new counselor. I was able to connect with other counselors, learn about the state of the profession in Iowa, and be on the front line of new initiatives and resources.
My position as K-12 VP was short-lived as I transitioned to a high school position at Linn-Mar. I took some time to get acclimated to my new role, but found a desire to get reconnected with the ISCA board, so I ran for president. While the last two years have been a little more work, I find this work so rewarding. I have enjoyed being able to deliver professional development via the conference and webinars, and learn from fellow counselors to develop my skills. Being a leader in this organization, and in my district, allows me to live out my purpose each day. I am able to advocate for our students at Linn-Mar and for students in the state by being a leader in our profession. The opportunity to be an ISCA member and a member of the board has increased my confidence and expanded my practical knowledge of school counseling. I am a better school counselor because of my involvement in ISCA and ASCA.
The ISCA board aligns our organization to the national model by developing a mission and vision, reviewing our data, and setting goals to determine our activities for the school year. As a member or possible member of our organization, I think it is important that you know and understand what drives board decisions and actions and are able to align your own work with ours. Our mission and vision are listed below:
Thank you to our members for continuing to support ISCA and If you have questions or need help connecting to experienced school counselors, please feel free to reach out to me or any of our board members.
The mission of the Iowa School Counselor Association is to advance the academic, career and social-emotional development of all students through excellence in professional school counseling.
ISCA is a proud State Division Charter of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA)