Tiffany Simon, a counselor at Klein Cain, has been named a 2019 exemplary Professional School Counselor by the national College Board Recognition Program.
Klein Cain Lead Counselor, Delia Baker, who nominated Simon for the award, believes that this relationship-driven honoree is committed to ensuring that every student fulfills their promise.
“Tiffany is a highly intelligent woman and is very knowledgeable in the field of high school counseling,” she said. “More importantly, she is extremely student-centered and relationship-driven. She has a way of encouraging others to be risk-takers while remaining humble.”
College Board hosts the recognition program to highlight the hard work and dedication of innovative, results-oriented middle, and high school counselors that display a commitment to student opportunity and success.
Simon was chosen by College Board based on criteria such as leadership and advocacy, developing and coordinating collaborative partnerships and consistent professional development. Sound familiar? That’s because our guiding documents, which Simon grounds herself in, mention many of the same principles.
“School counselors fulfill the Klein ISD’s Profile of a Leader on a daily basis,” Simon said. “Our school counseling planning is geared toward student success through building meaningful relationships with students, staff members, and other community stakeholders.”
The largest initiative that Simon led was the iconic Hurricanes After High School program for Klein Cain juniors. The event brought representatives across various college and career fields to present to the students during school hours.
“Not all students are able to make it back to campus in the evening for a College Night so we wanted a way to reach all students and share all options,” she said. “To do that, we brought representatives from colleges, universities, trade and technical schools, and the military to them. It was great seeing them truly explore all potential paths available to them after they graduate.”
Simon became a counselor because she always knew she had a heart for students and wanted to help connect them, as well as their families, to resources that would help them succeed not only in school but in life. She, along with her fellow counselors, spend countless hours working to see the Promise2Purpose vision come to life in students like sophomore Mya Drummond.
“Ms. Simon has helped me think about and start planning my life after high school,” Drummond said. “She’ll fight for you, but she will also tell you when you can step up and be better in school, and also as a person.”
Although it’s no surprise, we are so proud that Simon’s deep commitment to the promise and purpose of others earned her this much-deserved national recognition.