Byron Nelson’s Jennifer Martinez named Texas High School Counselor of the Year
Byron Nelson’s Jennifer Martinez named Texas High School Counselor of the Year
Posted on 01/30/2020
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Jennifer Martinez
Jennifer Martinez

The Texas School Counselor Association has named Byron Nelson High School’s Jennifer Martinez as its 2019-20 High School Counselor of the Year, the top statewide honor in her field from the professional group.

Mrs. Martinez received the award for her superb work aligning counseling programs to state and national standards, an accomplishment she has achieved at all three Northwest ISD campuses she has served since she began her counseling role in the district more than 10 years ago.

Jamie Farber, Northwest ISD director of guidance and counseling, describes Mrs. Martinez as “a fierce advocate for school counseling programs who reaches out to campus and district administrators, as well as state legislators, in support of the role of the school counselor and the school counseling program.”

In her time with Northwest ISD, the counseling program at each of her three campuses has received the TSCA’s CREST – Counselors Reinforcing Excellence in Texas – distinction: in 2010 and 2011 at Northwest High School, in 2015 at Tidwell Middle School, and each year from 2016 to 2018 at Byron Nelson High School. The CREST award is regarded as one of the top honors for counseling teams in the state, annually awarded to programs that exhibit exemplary counseling services to students.

As part of the Byron Nelson counseling team, Mrs. Martinez has also received the American School Counselor Association’s RAMP Award in 2018 and the Lone Star State School Counselor Association award in 2019. The former award is bestowed upon the top counseling staffs in the U.S. for comprehensive school counseling programs, while the latter award recognizes outstanding school counseling programs in Texas.

“Through the awards and advocacy, she does not seek personal attention or personal gain,” Mrs. Farber said. “She simply truly advocates on behalf of a profession she so strongly believes in – school counseling.”

Prior to her time as a counselor, Mrs. Martinez served as a teacher in Northwest ISD, among other positions supporting students and families. Mrs. Martinez received her master of education degree in counseling from the University of North Texas, and she obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Texas Christian University.

The TSCA will formally honor Mrs. Martinez at its annual conference on Sunday, Feb. 9, during the association’s awards dinner.