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Chavez and Strike Recognized for Outstanding Counseling Programs in Texas

December 14, 2021

Little Elm ISD is pleased to announce Chavez Elementary and Strike Middle Schools for being two of an elite group of schools in Texas to win the CREST Award for Counseling Excellence for 2021-2022.

In 2005, Texas School Counselor Association began a program called CREST to recognize schools with outstanding counseling programs. Schools receiving CREST awards have demonstrated a commitment to using the Texas Model to improve the lives and achievement of students in academic, career, and personal-social domains. The Texas School Counseling Association is proud to announce CREST winners for the 2021-2022 school year.

CREST is a continuous improvement document that gives a school counseling program an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to obtaining results. CREST helps counselors to evaluate their counseling programs, promote their programs to the stakeholders in their districts, demonstrate the effectiveness of their guidance and counseling programs through empirical means, and implement the Texas and National models for school counseling programs.

CREST looks at the counseling program in five categories:

  • Introduction to the School and the Role of the Professional School Counselor
  • Program Implementation Cycle
  • Foundational Components
  • Four Service Delivery Components
  • Program Curriculum

The counseling team prepares a digital submission that highlights these areas and communicates just what the counseling program is doing to help students succeed. These are sent to reviewers throughout the state of Texas to be judged according to pre-set standards of excellence.

Chavez Counselor

Kelly Byer

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Strike Counselors

Jessica Coffield

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Erika Dupre



Not pictured, Alethia Arroyo