From Feb. 5–9, Leander ISD is celebrating School Counselor Appreciation Week.

The mission of the Leander ISD Counseling Services Department is to provide a proactive and comprehensive counseling program for all students. Counseling Services partners with educators, parents/guardians and community members to ensure that all students in the district are prepared with the knowledge and skills to contribute at the highest level as productive members of society.

“I want to say thank you to the 123 counseling staff members who make up the counseling services department,” Director of Counseling Services Steve Clark said. “They often work behind the scenes to help students meet their personal and academic goals.”

The counseling department is comprised of school-based counselor, school-based social workers and substance abuse prevention counselors. Through the comprehensive counseling program, students develop their academic, career and social skills to “Unlock Their Potential.”

Clark said that in order to meet each student’s individual needs, the counseling services staff connects with and advocates for each student and family to ensure they are receiving the support they need in order to build the skills outlined in the graduate profile.

“Everyday over 42,000 students walk through the doors of Leander ISD campuses and each of their stories is unique,” Clark said. “We know that for students to meet their academic goals, we must first meet their social, emotional and mental health needs.”