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Candy Reed Awarded 2014 Iowa Elementary School Counselor of the Year

Candy Reed, School Counselor at Garfield Elementary School in Davenport, Iowa, was named the 2014 Iowa Elementary School Counselor of the Year. The Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) gave this award to Ms. Reed at the annual ISCA conference held in Des Moines on November 3, 2014.  Ms. Reed shares the honor of 2014 Iowa Elementary School Counselor of the Year with Sarah Majoros, School Counselor at Madison Elementary in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ms. Reed was recognized as a result of the outstanding counseling program she has developed at Garfield Elementary School; this program includes such elements as the Olweus Anti-bullying Program, Study Skills Group, the Gator Aide Program, Career Small Group, and Drum Circle.  Ms.Reed has been instrumental in ensuring excellence in the counseling program at Garfield through implementation of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA national) model.

Ms. Reed earned her master’s degree in counseling from Western Illinois University in 1993.  She subsequently served as a School Counselor with Davenport Community Schools, and has been the counselor at Garfield Elementary since 2006.  Ms. Reed has been a pioneer in school counseling in her district, initiating the elementary school counseling program in Davenport Schools.  She also facilitated the implementation of district initiatives such as Second Step, Olweus, and the Trauma/Loss Program.  She achieved national recognition from the American School Counseling Association in 2010, receiving the RAMP Award (Recognized ASCA Model Program) and “re-RAMP” status in 2013.  She has also served as a mentor teacher, a chapter President for ISCA, and as a member of the Iowa School Counseling Task Force.  Ms. Reed was honored with the Excellent Educator Award in 1990 and as Gilda’s Club Volunteer of the Year in 2010.

“Leader” is the word used over and over again by those recommending Candy Reed for ISCA’s 2014 Elementary School Counselor of the Year Award; Anita Shaft, Program Manager at Gilda’s Club in Davenport, stated:  “She is a leader within the school setting and within the community.  A true visionary, she looks at the needs of students and creates and/or brings programs to her school to address the issue at hand.”

Her nominator, Ellen Reilly-Christie, summarizes why Candy Reed will be an outstanding representative for Iowa School Counselors as she serves as the 2014 Elementary School Counselor of the Year:  “Candy demonstrates on a daily basis the skills of student advocacy, leadership, systemic change and collaboration in her school, in the district, and in our community.”

We are fortunate to have Candy Reed join Sarah Majoros in representing Iowa as the 2014 Elementary School Counselor of the Year!  If you would like more information about Ms. Reed and this statewide recognition please contact us at:


Shelley Klaas                                                          Clare Struck                                                    

ISCA Awards Committee Co-Chair                    ISCA Awards Committee Co-Chair

sylshell@mail.com                                                 clare.struck@uni.edu

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