WDC recognizes its school counselor during 'MN School Counselor Week'
To raise awareness of the important role that school counselors play in student success, Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Feb. 3-7 “School Counseling Week” in Minnesota. Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School is recognizing its school counselor, Toni Kraska.
Kraska has served as WDC’s school counselor since 2005. In her role as counselor, she helps students achieve success in the classroom, plan for a career after graduation and a long list of other duties that crop up throughout her day.
“Mrs. Kraska is a vital part of our educational process for our students at Wadena-Deer Creek. She is an integral part of planning their post-secondary careers and provides a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators," said Tyler Church, WDC Middle/High School principal.
While professional school counselors are known for helping students explore their abilities, their work goes well beyond that, according to the proclamation delivered by Gov. Dayton.
“Professional school counselors are certified and licensed educators who are uniquely qualified to help students maximize their academic success, career readiness, and personal and social development,” the proclamation reads.
Furthermore, school counselors have the education and experience to help students plan for college and ensure they are ready to enter the workforce. Counselors are also a valuable resource to parents in this process. They also support a safe learning environment, which many students and school leaders rely on.