Counselor Nita Hill honored at national conference
Counselor Nita Hill honored at national conference
Posted on 06/20/2018

On July 16, 2018, the red carpet will be rolled out in Los Angeles, California at the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) Annual Conference.

Woodland Elementary is one of 140 schools nationwide, and the only school in Washington State, which will be receiving the Recognized ASCA Model-Program (RAMP) Honor. Hill reading to students

The honor Woodland will be receiving is from the hard work and dedication of school counselor Nita Hill.  Woodland’s mission is, “We ensure high levels of learning for all students.” Woodland’s mission is seen in action in Nita’s daily work with students, staff, the district team, families, and community stakeholders.

Hill is a 20-year veteran who began working in Puyallup as an ASCA model trainer for counselors. Hill enjoyed working in the district and knew this is where she wanted to work.

The RAMP honor is awarded to schools whose criteria lines up with the ASCA National Model, dedicated to giving a comprehensive data-driven school counseling program, and delivering an exemplary educational environment.

The ASCA’s model belief is school counseling programs should be an integral part of students’ daily educational environment and school counselors should be partners in student achievement.

“Nita Hill is an integral part of our support of ALL students at Woodland. Her work is vital in maximizing student success, both socially and academically, and promoting data driven decisions about service to students and families,” said Principal of Woodland Elementary Heather McMullen.

The process of becoming an honored RAMP recipient is very rigorous, scored based on a rubric by a three-person review team, and overseen by a lead RAMP receiver. The application has a seven-step process with 12 components that must be met.

Nita with class

The experience was both humbling and challenging for Hill. She started her submission in October, and in January was notified she fell short of RAMP by one point. Hill’s competitive nature was not going to let one point keep her from her goal. Because of the extremely close score, Hill was able to resubmit; however, she had a short amount of time to do so. She used this opportunity to reflect on her writing, feedback, and most importantly, she used the experience as a teaching moment with students. “Sometimes you work really hard at something and you don’t get the results you want. If you keep working at it and if you don’t give up you can accomplish your goal,” Hill said.

 “We are very proud to be a Recognized ASCA Model Program at Woodland Elementary!”

Heather McMullen