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Franklin — Franklin High School Counselor Katharine Reid was recently selected to represent Wisconsin school counselors at the School Counselor of the Year events in Washington, D.C. this January.

Earlier this year, Reid was recognized as the Wisconsin School Counselor of the Year by the Wisconsin School Counselors Association. As a part of that recognition, she was invited to apply for the national award, presented by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

The ASCA then chose Reid to travel to the nation's capitol and represent her state.

On Jan. 5, Reid will attend ASCA events where she will be able to connect with other counselors from around the United States and possibly even speak with the offices of nationally elected representatives. She is also invited to attend a recognition ceremony at the White House and the School Counselor of the Year Gala, a black-tie award ceremony held at D.C.'s historic Union Station.

"I am thrilled to be recognized, and I share that recognition with my team of counselors at Franklin and the counselors who devote their professional lives to helping kids," Reid said of her award.

She also noted that her work as a counselor is not a lone effort, but a collaborative one.

"If you compare school counseling in any school to a musical ensemble or an orchestra, our work is the result of many contributions," Reid said. "Sometimes we have the opportunity to be a soloist, but there would be no 'band' without my colleagues."

Reid's fellow counselor Mindy Willard echoed her sentiments.

“This is a big accomplishment for not only Katharine, but for our entire team,” Willard said in a press release. “We've done a lot of hard work in the last couple of years ensuring that our counseling programs are aligned with best practices in school counseling. Our district is leading the way in school counseling in this state and I'm excited to see what else is to come!”

Willard was also recognized by the ASCA as School Counselor of the Year in 2013, when she worked in Arizona.

Reid has worked for the Franklin Public School District as a counselor since 2004, when she started working part time at Forest Park Middle School. One year later, she moved to a full-time job at FHS.

Today, she explained, school counselors have a complex profession. Counselors at FHS, and across the nation, have to review data regarding student performance, work with teachers and parents in building and adjusting programs to best teach students, and interact directly with the students to help every one to succeed.

"I have some amazing students – they are the best part of my work," Reid said. "I enjoy seeing young people grow over time. I have learned to never underestimate a student's potential to grow."

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