2018 Elementary School Counselor of the Year


Kinzee Bryte

Adel Elementary School
ADM Community Schools


Kinzee Bryte has been a school counselor for 13 years, spending the last three years at Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate where she serves over 500 students daily. Kinzee replaced a social worker who previously held that position and has spent the past three years educating students, families, and staff on the roles of a school counselor, as well as implementing a comprehensive counseling program. In the past three years, she has introduced classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, individual sessions, responsive services, and systems support to her two buildings. One of the success indicators of Kinzee’s program is the amount of self-referrals she now receives from the students. By advocating for them, Kinzee has taught them to advocate for themselves.

A goal for 2017-2018 for Kinzee was to reach more students in a proactive manner. She researched the concept of a flipped learning approach. She made recordings of herself or found short clips for a lesson topic and shared them electronically with classroom teachers to show on her behalf. By creating these “guidance extension lessons”, Kinzee was able to provide more social/emotional learning for students throughout the school year.

Kinzee has also helped establish a shoe drive in her community with the help of a local business. She noticed that many kids were coming to school with inadequate shoes and was able to acquire 80 pairs of shoes for students. Noting that many parents didn’t know their child’s current shoe size, Kinzee enlisted the assistance of the school nurse to measure students’ feet so they were sure to get the correct size. The efforts of Kinzee and her community partner were a huge success and a great community building experience.


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