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School Counselor of the Year Semi-Finalist Recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama

Because Beverly Anderson, school counselor at Bearden High School, was named a 2015 American School Counselor Association (ASCA) School Counselor of the Year semi-finalist, she and other semi-finalists and finalists were recognized at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama on Jan. 30, 2015.

Anderson is one of 16 counselors across the nation to be named a semi-finalist. In addition to the White House recognition ceremony hosted by Obama, Anderson attended a School Counselor of the Year Gala at Washington’s historic Union Station.

“It is so exciting to have the White House recognize the importance of school counselors,” said Anderson, “especially on the heels of the President’s visit to Knoxville to announce America’s College Promise modeled after Tennessee Promise. There are many exemplary school counselors right here in our district, and I am one of those fortunate folks who gets to say every day, ‘I love what I do’,” she said.

Anderson has served students in the Knox County Schools for nine years, the last seven at Bearden High School.
 
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First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year semi-finalists and finalists in the Blue Room of the White House before entering the East Room for a recognition luncheon and ceremony. Bearden High School Counselor Beverly Anderson (center) was named one of only 16 semi-finalists from across the nation.
 
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Bearden High School Counselor Beverly Anderson (middle row, second from right) was recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Connie Britton (front row, right) during a luncheon in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 30. Anderson is one of 16 counselors across the nation named an American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year semi-finalist.
 
Photo credit: Scripps Howard Foundation Wire Alicia Alvarez