Position: School Counselor
School: Edison Elementary School
School District: Mesa Public Schools
City, State: Mesa, AZ
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Jaime Clemens was nominated by Sarah Skemp, Chair of the Arizona School Counselors Association.
Ms. Clemens has been an educator with Mesa Public Schools (MPS) for 31 years and is going into her 17th year as a school counselor. She's extremely passionate about students and her job as an elementary counselor.
Ms. Clemens fits the bill as an extraordinary counselor by a myriad of factors. She…
Ms. Clemens has been the Lead Elementary Counselor for MPS for 11 years. She has been instrumental in working with her Supervisor and Superintendent to improve counselor/student ratios for elementary counseling. For the 2019-2020 school year, Mesa Public Schools added 37 new elementary counselors. MPS hired American School Counselors Association (ASCA) personnel to train all counselors for two years, so they all are implementing the ASCA national model. Additionally, Ms. Clemens has hosted many college interns who are now working within the district.
Ms. Clemens has been on numerous district committees: Suicide Task Force, Climate/Change Task Force, ECAP, District Crisis Team, Synergy Documentation, Evaluation, and the City of Mesa. She is trained to do Safetalk, ASIST, and Youth Mental Health First Aid. She runs a mentoring program and a game club at her Site. Ms. Clemens is a member of the SEL (Social/Emotional Learning) team and does weekly announcements. She has written curriculum to create a K-6 Framework of monthly classroom lessons. She runs groups, counsels individual students, and is always willing to assist families. Ms. Clemens has been an integral part of making her school a “Trauma Informed School.” She has also worked with Maricopa Community College on their East Valley CTE (Career Technical Education) Symposium.
Ms. Clemens attends countless Professional Development opportunities to be the best school counselor possible. The most important component of her role as a school counselor is to be available to assist as many people as she can: students, staff, parents, administration, other counselors… or any person she meets!
Due to her influence within her school culture, ability to make a difference for her students and families, leadership, professionalism, and ethical standards, Ms. Clemens was chosen as Arizona School Counselor of the Year 2020.