Position: School Counselor
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School: Howard High School of Technology
School District: New Castle County Vo-Tech School District
City, State: Wilmington, DE
Kirsten Coughlin was nominated by the Delaware School Counselor Association.
Ms. Coughlin was named the Delaware School Counselor of the Year. Her contributions as a school counselor can be seen through her service to her school and district. Kirsten goes outside of her role by planning staff holiday parties, reviewing applications for new students, supporting the co-op coordinator with eligibility concerns, contacting colleges and universities to visit, and supporting FAFSA completion. She plays a crucial role in connecting students to opportunities after high school.
Congratulations Kirsten! Way to go on your nomination for LifeChanger of the Year! You truly deserving it!! Kirsten is very dedicated and thorough in her position as counselor at Howard. She is always trying to motivate our students to better, as well as, she is always going above and beyond her daily responsibilities. Kirsten is a fabulous coworker and I love working with her! Whenever there is a concern with one of my students and I need her to help, she always comes to my rescue without hesitation. Kirsten is truly deserving of this award and we are so luck to have you on our team!!
Congratulations Kirsten! It is a well deserved honor. The Howard staff have always known what an amazing job, you do for our students. It is so nice to see that your talents and hard work are being recognized beyond our school. I appreciate all you do for our students and staff. We are very lucky to have you.
Congratulations Kirsten on you nomination for LifeChanger of the Year! So happy that you've been recognized for your accomplishments. It is well-deserved.
The epitome of organized and efficient, Mrs. Coughlin continuously goes 'above and beyond' to serve members of our school community-students, staff, and families. Congratulations, Kirsten!
Congrats, Kirsten! So well deserved! You have helped so many students have the brightest futures. You're one of a kind.
What a great and well-deserved honor. Kirsten is knowledgeable, hard-working, and always focused on student success!
Mrs. Coughlin is a great co-worker! I know I can reach out to her if I am having any issues with a student, and she is always so helpful! I appreciate all her hard work for the staff and students at our school! Congrats Mrs. Coughlin!
Congratulations on the very well deserved nomination! As a fellow counselor in our District, I appreciate what you bring to the school counseling profession!
Congratulations Mrs. Coughlin! We appreciate all the work you do for the Howard students, staff, and school community. You keep our students and department organized, always communicate effectively, and work tirelessly ensuring that your students are properly prepared. We appreciate all your hard work! Congratulations!
Mrs. Coughlin is my school counseling team member. I have worked with her for six years. Her unique skills are impactful to our Howard High School family. She works with great detail and a with a strong desire to do her tasks with excellency. This in turn, provides our students with the best support! She is appreciated by her students and appreciated by her school counseling team!
Congratulations Kirsten! We appreciate your hard work and dedication to the students and staff at Howard!
Congratulations, Kirsten! It's been a pleasure working with you the past 8 years. Your passion and love for the students is obvious every day! You go above and beyond to help students, especially when they are struggling. They know they can turn to you to help get them back on track. You're a great colleague, you communicate effectively, and are very proactive in solving problems. I know I can always count on you and that means a lot! Howard is a better place to work because you are here.
Congrats, Kirsten!! You are a phenomenal school counselor, and consistently put so much energy into supporting all students. Thank you for always being such a strong advocate for our students!
Kristen is an amazing person to have at Howard High School. She consistently works to ensure that she is doing all she can to support her students no matter the concern. Kristen is very deserving of this award!
Kirsten is a very knowledgeable school counselor. She is very effective at meeting student's academic needs. She is an asset to the school. It has been a pleasure to work with Kirsten!
Congratulations Kirsten! You have always been a wonderful support to both students and teachers at Howard. We appreciate your dedication and devotion to all of us!
Kristen is an amazing person to have at Howard High School. She consistently makes sure that she is doing all she can to support her students no matter the issue. Kristen is very deserving of this award!
It gives me great pleasure to leave a comment for Kirsten Coughlin to be considered for The Life Changer of the Year in recognition of her outstanding leadership and guidance she provides to the students at Howard High School of Technology. Mrs. Coughlin provides our students with the tools and resources for them to pursue their future endeavors.
In my role as a Student Advisor in the discipline office, I work very closely with Mrs. Coughlin; which has afforded me the opportunity to see her high level of professionalism and mindfulness when working with all our stakeholders. Mrs. Coughlin has an unbelievable way of conveying the important information to our entire school and their families about graduation requirements, scheduling, and national initiatives, in way that all parties understand the importance of the message and how it can positively impact their futures. Along with her unbelievable communication skills, Mrs. Coughlin has a heart of gold! Just like many schools across the country, we at Howard have faced tragedy with the deaths of a few students over the past couple years. These tragedies have affected our school and the community we serve tremendously. During the grieving periods after these tragedies, Mrs. Coughlin worked tirelessly to ensure our students and their families had the proper guidance to deal with grief. Mrs. Coughlin, also meant one on one with students and staff to support them with their grief. Without Mrs. Coughlin’s compassion and hands-on approach to help our students and faculty deal with these events, we as a school would not be able to continue to thrive and overcome these events. Mrs. Coughlin is so much more than just a Guidance Counselor! She is one of the most vital parts of our school’s body, she is the heart and soul! Her impact from the time the student comes to Howard in the 9th grade to when they walk across the graduation stage in May, leaves an impact that last for a lifetime with our students. Constantly, student’s come back to Howard to seek out her guidance when they have been gone from the school for years. That show how exceptional Mrs. Coughlin’s contribution has been in the lives of so many students she has worked with at Howard High School of Technology.
Because of these efforts, Kirsten Coughlin has not only earned this nomination for The Life Changers of the Year award, but also the respect and gratitude of those for whom and with whom Mrs. Coughlin serves. As one of those peers whom Mrs. Coughlin has inspired and motivated, I strongly urge you to award Mrs. Coughlin with The Life Changer of the Year award.
Congratulations, Kirsten! Thank you for being so thorough, reliable, and flexible. I appreciate your expertise and extensive knowledge as well as your willingness to help students and colleagues. There have been so many times over the years that you have helped me to solve a complicated problem, and you are always happy to help. When we have worked together to support specific students, you are always willing to step up and take responsibility for an ongoing role in the plan. You are so incredibly dependable and truly an asset to Howard. We are so lucky to have you!!! -Tristan Spates, Special Education Team Leader
Kirsten- Congratulations on this recognition! You truly are making a difference for our students. It has been a pleasure working with you all of these years.
Way to go Kirsten! I love working with you and love the passion you have when working with our students! You are a true gem! Congratulations!
Working with Kirsten is wonderful. Not only does she take her counselor duties seriously for the abundance of students that she oversees, but she finds time to go the extra mile to help anyone in need; staff, student or parent. In addition to being a guidance counselor, a college/career readiness coach, and parent/teacher/student advocate, Kirsten adds the personal touch by getting involved, offering a smile when it is needed, caring (even about the small stuff), or lending a helping hand with a project/item someone might be struggling with. Kirsten does all of this efficiently and effectively while also raising a family and educating herself professionally about the ever-changing needs of our student body. She is my go-to person when I have a guidance question/concern. Kirsten makes my job as an educator easier in many ways and she always does it with a smile on her face! Thanks!
Congratulations Kirsten! Well deserved!
Kirsten is an amazing school counselor who always puts her students first. We as a school community were so proud when she was named School Counselor of the Year for the State of Delaware. You could not find a more deserving person than Kirsten Coughlin!
Kirsten you are such a gem at Howard. Our students and families are better because of your tireless work and dedication.
My name is Diana and I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Kirsten is very deserving of this title! I have known her for the past five years and she has helped shape our school in an endless amount of ways. Kirsten always takes time to help staff members, kids, and parents of our students. She is highly knowledgeable in the area of school counseling and also has a personality that kids naturally gravitate towards. She has changed countless amounts of lives throughout her years in education and she will continue to do so for years to come.