Board Chair Message
By: Kelly Curtis

When I think of the progress our association has made in the past several years, I am very proud. The transition to policy governance - which started long before my leadership began - is now complete and WSCA is stronger than it has ever been. Our two leadership teams are doing amazing work for our members, while helping to promote the profession and support the work we do. In partnership with Assistant Board Chair, Jen Betters-Bubon, it has been truly satisfying to lead the Board during its first year operating in policy governance.
This is my final board chair message, but I am leaving WSCA in excellent hands!  The entire 2016-17 Board participated in a policy governance training and this continued focus will help us to work well with the two leadership teams. Special thanks to Stacy Eslick, our Executive Director, for making the first year after the transition so seamless and productive. 
We say goodbye to three additional board directors who made a significant contribution during the past few years of WSCA leadership. Thank you Rachel Berg, Carrie King and Brianne Mehlos for stepping up in a big way during a time when our association needed it. WSCA continues to get better and stronger with such dedicated people at the helm.  I hope all WSCA members please consider the talents you might be willing to share to keep the leadership teams so effective in our work. 
Itís been a fantastic ride - enjoy your summer!

Assistant Board Chair Message

By Jennifer Betters-Bubon, WSCA Assistant Board Chair

During our board meeting in April, we elected the Board Chair and Assistant Board Chair for the 2016-17 year. Thank you to Olin Morrison and Angela Goebel for taking on this important work in Board leadership.  We also welcomed our four new board members to serve starting in July 2016, including Adriana Plach who was appointed for a two-year term.  It is going to be another exciting year.  Please feel free to get in touch with any of us should you have questions about the upcoming year or to get more involved!

Olin Morrison
2016-17 WSCA Board Chair
River Falls Middle School, River Falls
Angela Goebel
2016-17 WSCA Assistant Board Chair
Hudson Middle School, Hudson

Adriana Plach, Asa Clark Middle School, Pewaukee
New Board Director
Appointed 2016-2018




Leading by Example
By Tabitha Stelter

The process to becoming a leader can take many paths.  Whether you feel like you are a natural born leader or youíve had to work quite hard at it over the years, there were no doubt some opportunities before you even graduated from high school that gave you the sense of being a leader.  Letís look at how we can teach and develop leadership skills to our students.  We can also learn some opportunities that we should make our students aware of to develop the social/emotional, academic and career areas where they can make the most of the leadership skills they possess.  Finally, what about our own leadership skills and the chances we take to develop the leadership effectiveness program we should all embark on?  What kind of leaders are we in this critical time of education?  We owe it to our students and colleagues to be leading more often.
Young Student Leaders in Action
I used to think that the only way to be a student leader in middle school was to belong on student government/council.  When I worked as a middle school counselor, I learned quickly that there are leaders walking the hallways, but they may not realize it yet. After receiving the link to a student blog from fellow school counselor, Gary Campbell of Meyer Middle School, itís evident that there are so many silent knights in shining armor. How to bring them to excalibur is a tricky one.  We can aim to build empathy and to raise awareness of social issues that need action, but sometimes itís simply recognizing that they may have innate skills that need an outlet. Jami Morrow, an 8th grader at Meyer Middle School, keeps an on-line blog through  Although she has only a handful of entries right now, she is well on her way to leading students to be more aware of issues such as anxiety and depression, bullying, and mindsets.  Hereís a sample of what standing up for the social/emotional well-being of others looks like in 8th grade:
ď...Iíve never really seen bullying happen at my school. Whenever teachers say to stand up against the bullies, I always roll my eyes at them because who wouldnít stand up for another? That day is when I really understood why others arenít able to. As I saw that event happen, my mind told me to say something. But then my heart started to beat really fast, and my palms got sweaty. I started to think of the things they could say to me. I donít want it to turn into them picking on me! Itís even harder when theyíre popular and youíre not. They can easily have everyone go against you. What I mean by that is they could start a rumor about me. Iíve had rumors happen about me before. They have a higher social status than me, so if they say something, everyone believes it and it turns life into a mess.Ē
The high school level provides a little easier task of developing leaders.  The number of clubs and organizations as well as sports teams that most high schools have provide many more opportunities for students to find their niche.  Once a student is brave enough to express their interests, it just takes one adult to point him or her in the right direction.  Just look at the shining examples that took home Career Cruising/Method Test Prep High School Scholarships at this past February WSCA Conference. They are active in their school community and had their school counselor to encourage them to go for their aspirations.  There were other adults that inspired them, no doubt but what were the lessons that the adults shared or what were the opportunities they gave to students to nurture their inner leader?
In the middle and high school level, think of the power we have in leading the students to opportunities to develop their natural born leader.  So often we feel that simply being a club or class advisor means more work than we should have on our plate, but it also means that you can delegate small responsibilities to students who are eager to help.  They feel success when they see the product of their labor. That success leaders to confidence and, if modeled correctly, that confidence leads to those students asking others to take on more tasks.  Now they have delegated, organized, evaluated the process and voila- leadership in action.
Iíve also seen the use of such texts as ďThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective TeensĒ by Sean Covey and ďThe Art of Self-LeadershipĒ, Dr. Tim Elmore in middle and high school aged students. Perhaps spending some time frontloading these soft skills could make a whole class of leaders!  If not doing a book study with your students, pick pieces that you want to develop in all students to teach the social skills that are critical to being an effective leader.  ASCAís Mindsets and Behaviors allows us to be flexible in our comprehensive school counseling programs to address the whole student.  If you havenít searched through the document yet, I strongly encourage you to by visiting The ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student.
College/Graduate School Leadership Opportunities
When we think of leaders on campus, we think of those students who are president of the fraternity/sorority or another elite organization or club.  There are also those students who work to campaign for the rights of the less privileged, whether that be transgendered or black youth.  What skills and habits should we encourage students to develop to be effective leaders? If you are currently in a school counseling program reading this think of evaluating your own leadership style or lack thereof and take note.
In the Harvard Business Review, I located ďThe Eight-Minute Test that Can Reveal Your Effectiveness as a LeaderĒ developed by Jack Zenger (CEO) and Joseph Folkman (President) of Zenger/Folkman, a leadership development consultancy. The assessment will help you understand which of the 16 leadership competencies  matter ó such fundamentals as thinking strategically, displaying integrity, focusing on results, taking initiative, developing others, championing change, exhibiting expertise ó and which likely are your strengths. The test also identifies skills and behaviors that serve to strengthen your competencies.  If anything, at least getting students, or yourself, to actively reflect on what leadership strengths they or you have and what skills are necessary to reach future aspirations is an assignment that we havenít had.
Professional Development
Once someone identifies what kind of leader they want to be, what skills they currently have and what they are lacking they need to know what to do with that information.  Students and we need to admit that we can always improve our skills and how to do just that is a few clicks or pages away.
Earlier I mentioned ďThe Seven HabitsÖĒ and ďHabitudesÖĒ.  There are many books within each of these series so find one that harkens to you and where you are at in this juncture of your career. I know that I am always looking for a good read in the summer and many of you can use that time for Professional Development Plan annual reflection or for district professional development requirements. 
If youíd rather not commit to a whole text, look at the available articles for free (thatís right, you donít have to sign up for the course to view the articles and watch the webinars) in the ASCA U School Counseling Leadership Specialist Training.  I recommend starting with ďThe Leader WithinĒ by Richard Wong, ASCA Executive Director. If youíre an ASCA member, it only costs $99 to take the course which can serve as 5 CEUís.
If youíd like to view a webinar to bolster your leadership qualities, ASCA has those too.  Go to their website by clicking here and just see all the webinars to choose from without committing to the courses.  You can also subscribe to the Youtube Channel ďAsca WebinarsĒ. Set up your notifications so you can catch the latest videos (usually an hour or so).
I also really like for professional development and inspiration.  The organization, founded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandburg, aims to support female leadership. While I havenít read the book ďLean InĒ by Sandburg yet, I am getting so much out of the organizationís website to build me up to be a better advocate, parent, partner and friend.  The information isnít solely for women either.  NBA partnered with to promote the Lean In Together Campaign (#LeanIn Together) as a way to promote equality for women in the home and workplace by advocating that men be active parents and partners.
If youíre into the quickest of leadership fixes, then review the November 2015 WSCAlink where Technology Coordinator Katrina Eisfeldt and Assistant Board Chair Jennifer Betters-Bubon share apps, blogs, website, whatevers to open your networking world.  Twitter chats and blogs can give you insight and connect you to amazing leaders in the school counseling profession!  Thereís too many for me to list so click here to access the archive.
Now if I havenít fired you up to begin the leadership quest, I donít know what will!  Start small, but at least start.  Say something to reinforce the efforts of your student leaders.  Speak up in a staff meeting where the social and emotional needs of students are being questioned.  Stand up at board meetings or go big and unite with other school counselors at Day on the Hill to advocate for our profession.  Get involved with one of the committees that WSCA has to offer. We are an incredible group of professionals that have relied on the same amazing leaders for so long.  We owe it to ourselves to try our hand at leading as well as following.  Who knows? You just may be the next Kelly Curtis or Steve Schneider or, go big and become Lisa Koeneckeís protege!  Besides, being a leader can be just as much fun as it is hard work.
The 7 habits of highly effective teens: the ultimate success guidebook for teens by Sean Covey (2001)  Franklin Covey Co.: Salt Lake City, UT.
The Eight-Minute Test that Can Reveal Your Effectiveness as a Leader by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman. Harvard Business Review, August 12, 2013.
ASCAís Mindset and Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student
Habitudes Book 1: The Art of Self-Leadership by Dr. Tim Elmore (2010) Growing Leaders: Atlanta, GA.
November, 2015 WSCAlink



Staff Spotlight

Erika Spear, Membership Coordinator

Hi! My name is Erika Spear and I am the Membership Coordinator. I am in my third year as the 8-12 School Counselor for the Almond-Bancroft School District. Prior to working as a School Counselor, I worked in Human Resources for a software company in Charleston, SC and taught English in Japan. Through my work experiences, I have had the benefit of working with some fantastic people that have encouraged me to take every opportunity to network with peers/colleagues and attend professional development workshops and conferences. I am a firm believer in the importance of lifelong learning and I love what WSCA has to offer the School Counselors of WI!
Iím just starting my second year in the Membership Coordinator role and I am very excited to have the opportunity to connect with other counselors. My goal for the Membership Committee is to increase the engagement of all of our members right from the start! Professional development and networking with our peers is so important to this profession, and I want to make sure that we are providing support to our fellow counselors! Some of the responsibilities of the Membership Committee are: (1)Annual School Counseling Needs Survey; (2) Network with members at Professional Development Opportunities; (3) Engage with new members, current members, non-renewing members, and other school counselors in the state; (4) Member Recruitment Drives. If you are interested in joining the Membership Committee, please contact me at! 

Committee Updates & Upcoming Events

Professional Development 


2016 Summer Academy- Cultural Competencies in Comprehensive School Counseling Programs
CESA 1 Conference Center Ė Pewaukee
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (includes lunch)
Session Details:   In this exploratory session, school counselors will consider the purpose behind engaging in culturally responsive practices within supports. We will explore concepts of self-awareness and implicit bias. We will also examine strategies for validating and affirming who students are as well as ways to respectfully build and bridge connections to studentsí families and communities. Participants will be given time to reflect and consider ways to own and apply this work back in their schools. Mark Kuranz will be speaking in the afternoon about how to apply participantís knowledge into their programs.
Registration Fees:   
  • WSCA Member: $65           
  • Non-Member: $75
  • Grad Student Member: $40
** One Graduate Credit will be offered through Viterbo University for $200.00
Course payment & registration are separate from the workshop registration.

You can sign up through through the membership portal, or visit

Thank you to our host site CESA 1!

If you would like to learn about sponsorship opportunities for WSCAís Summer Academy, please contact Aria Krieser, Professional Development Chair, at:

2016 Fall Summit Information
Friday, October 21st, 2016 - 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. (includes lunch)
CESA 4 Conference Center Ė West Salem, WI

Session Details: Mental Health in Schools: Jennifer Muehlenkamp is a national expert on suicidal behavior and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in youth.  Participants will learn best practices and interventions to support students with non-suicidal self-injury, depression and anxiety in the school environment.

One Graduate Credit will be offered through Viterbo University for $200.00.

Registration is now open 


Publications Update

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Volunteer Recognition and THANK YOU!

Taking the time to recognize the amazing leadership efforts is great, but how about a sincere thank you to the committee members who volunteered their time and efforts throughout the 2015-16 school year! Without your passion and dedication to the association, we canít work as hard or well to advance the profession of school counseling in preschool through post-secondary in order to maximize the academic performance, career planning, and personal/social growth of every student.  Thank you!
Paula Haugle and Aria Krieserís Education & Professional Development Committee:
Tara Bruckner
Katrina Eisfeldt
Stacy Eslick
Ty Jury
Shelly Laffin
Dawn Meyers
Stacy Eslickís Ethics Committee:
David Bassan
Macarena Correa
Gregg Curtis
Andrew Golbach
Tricia Norby
Kelli Saginak
Jena Vanderlogt
Olivia Wetzel
Nate Rice and Andrea Doneganís Government Relations Committee:
Gary Campbell
Rachel Pufall
Mary Nilsestuen
Ashley Shipman
Katie Nechodom and Sara Rollinís Graduate Student Committee:
Samantha Ahler
Lisa Berfeldt
Alli Brompalkowski
Jessica Brown
Ashley Duda
Jessica Gomez
Amanda Lorenzen
Mardi Peeters
Alyssa Pon-Franklin
Desirae Schroeder
Leah Stoelzle
Libby Strunz
Sarah Tennie
Lisa Thom
Choua Vang
Jessika White
Erika Spearís Membership Committee:
Brooke Davis
Sara Dood
Lisa Koeneckeís Public Relations Committee:
Casey Bosdeck
Kristen Bromwell
Eric Ericson
Lauren Forstyk
Jaleesa Joy
Laura Multer
Kaila Rabideauís Professional Recognition & Scholarship Committee:
Hannah Bertram
Danielle Burton
Paula Goeben
Amanda Graham
Renae Guldan
Mike Hanson
Kristen Hinze
Jaleesa Joy
Jessica Keao
Sarah Kovach
Megan LaMarche
Clarissa Malecha
Erica Lane
Lisa Moos
Shelley Navis
Katie Nechodom
Jenna Peterson
Ann Renn
Casey Ruhland
Jacob Schultz
Paige Waukau
Katie Wells
Tabitha Stelterís Publications Committee:
Jen Binneboese
Alissa Darin
Elina Kats
Allysa Pon-Franklin
Katharine Reid
Sara Rollin
Angelica Valdivia
Katrina Eisfeldtís Technology Comittee:
Kathryn Clarquest
Erica Harbath
Jenny Holle
Chandra McCarthy-Cardoso
Eric Mueller
Emily Rose
Christine Voice
Chelsea Weierke
Paige Waukau


June 2016

Board Chair Message

Assistant Board Chair Message

Topic of the Month:
Leadership Opportunites

Leading by Example
By Tabitha Stelter


Staff Spotlight:

Erika Spear, Membership Coordinator

Committee Updates & Announcements


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