Laura Wilson was nominated by an anonymous colleague.
Ms. Wilson is an experienced middle school counselor who is committed to her students and their families. She has an incredible rapport with students through individual and group counseling, as well as classroom lessons. As a counselor, she understands the right mix of providing support and gentle pressure to move students to the next level. During her work with students, she employs strategies that provide a welcoming and safe school environment.
When her school decided to focus on social-emotional learning, Ms. Wilson proved herself to be a leader in this area. She provides professional development for staff, models mindful practices, and most importantly, implements social-emotional learning practices with students. She has a trauma-informed lens and has been a valuable resource in supporting students and in increasing staff understanding in meeting the needs of students impacted by trauma.
"As a school that focuses on family partnership, I am appreciative of Laura’s interest in connecting with families through family programming. She is also a skilled presenter who collaborates with her colleagues to deliver multiple parent/caregiver programs for both our school and community that are always well received," her nominator said. "I’m proud to say that we have a strong counseling program at King Philip that is strengthened by Laura’s knowledge, insight and skill set. She is a LifeChanger of the Year because she is committed to changing the lives of our students through nurturing, differentiated practices that support students' social-emotional well being."