BALLINGER– The assembly held last Monday, February 3, 2014 at Ballinger Elementary School gymnasium had a veil of mystery as students, faculty and staff were holding a secret for a very special person. When Principal James Rouse announced that Counselor Crystal Clinton had been named Counselor of the Year, all cheered and nodded with approval recognizing her hard work.

Mrs. Clinton was awarded Three Rivers Counseling Association Counselor of the Year for 1A through 3A schools including Elementary through High School professional counselors.

The awards were presented at the 25th annual Three Rivers Counseling Association awards luncheon on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Bentwood Country Club, in San Angelo.

“She is always aware and she does her best everyday to support our students,” said Mr. Rouse. “Thanks to her efforts we have donations coming every year toward our students, we receive monetary donations for school supplies and clothing needs,” he added.

Mr. Rouse said that during the last two school years Mrs. Clinton has coordinated efforts with a donor to develop a list of students who needed coats during the winter, and today her efforts represent over 100 coats donated to students at BES, Ballinger Junior High and even Ballinger High School.

Also, he said, because of her involvement and efforts Ballinger Elementary PTO has seen a sizable growth, passing from a fistful of members to over 25 active members this year.

“She touches the lives of our students each and every day,” Mr. Rouse said.

“I am very overwhelmed but it’s an honor, I know there is a lot of great counselors out there that are probably deserving but I’m glad they picked me,” said Mrs. Clinton. “It’s an honor to be the counselor and work with these children they are such a blessing to me.”

Mrs. Clinton moved to Ballinger in 2006, and is currently in her second year as Ballinger Elementary Counselor where she finds pride in her job.

“I couldn’t ask for a better place to be, I have two young children. I love my time with Ballinger Elementary and the time I get to spend with all the kids in town,” she said.

Three Rivers Counseling Association has three counselor awards, two for Professional School Counselor of the Year (1A through 3A, and 4A through 5A) and one for Professional Private Practice Counselor of the Year.

The association recognizes counselors in the community who go to extraordinary lengths to serve clients, uplift their spirits, assist them in facing reality, overcome adversity and become productive citizens.

At the annual awards luncheon, the association pays tribute to counselors in area schools that serve students in extraordinary ways, helping them to excel, overcome obstacles, attend programs or colleges, and make life more tolerable and enjoyable.