Rivers named ‘Legislator of the Year’ by state’s school counselors

In recognition of her leadership and advocacy for public-school students, Sen. Ann Rivers has been named a “Legislator of the Year” by the Washington School Counselor Association.

Dr. Brian Mathieson, Battle Ground High School counselor, said Rivers is deserving of the honor because of her appreciation of the role counselors play in getting students career- and college-ready as well as her work co-chairing the Joint Task Force on Career Education Opportunities.

“As a counselor I know how important it is for the students to have a High School and Beyond Plan that begins in the eighth grade. This critical document helps students think about their future, choose coursework, and prepare for their goals after high school,” said Mathieson.

“Senator Rivers’ work led to a more meaningful High School and Beyond Plan and also resulted in additional school counselors to guide students through the new graduation requirements,” Mathieson added, referring to how Rivers’ efforts on the Joint Task Force on Career Education Opportunities were essential to counselors and students.

“School counselors are the first line to get kids on their life path whether it is to college, technical training or to a career,” said Rivers, R-La Center. “My work on the task force began by listening to school counselors and then finding ways to implement strategies that will help every kid succeed.”

The Washington School Counselors Association promotes best practices and advocates for professional school counselors who work in public and private schools at all levels.

school counselorsPHOTO CAPTION: School counselors from the 18th Legislative District. Dr. Mathieson is in front row wearing a bright blue shirt and gray vest.