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Gordon Russells Eby a finalist for counselor of year

Gordon Russell Middle School counselor Linda Eby has been named one of the top 10 school counselors in the United States.

Eby is one of more than 300 elementary and secondary school counselors nationwide nominated for 'School Counselor of the Year.' The program, which is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation's students.

Eby was named 'Oregon Middle School Counselor of the Year' in 1994 and has served as a school counselor for 25 years at Gordon Russell Middle School, 3625 E. Powell Blvd.

According to a statement from the Gresham-Barlow School District, 'she energizes traditional group counseling techniques with purpose and goals to enable students to move beyond their own needs and impact the greater school community. Student leadership training is a hallmark of her efforts, and some of the areas she addresses include peer mediation, bullying, transitioning, cultural diversity and community service.'

'Linda Eby's skills and performance exceed the standards and expectations for the role of counselor,' said Gordon Russell Principal Randy Bryant. 'Her commitment to her students and the community is unsurpassed among any educators with whom I have worked.'

The Counselor of the Year contest was open to all 100,000 members of the school counseling profession. The top 10 school counselors were nominated by their peers and administrators and judged by a select panel to be the 'best of the best.'

The candidates were judged on several criteria including creative school counseling innovations, effective counseling programs, leadership skills and their contribution to student advancement.

Eby, along with the other nine finalists, will be flown to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31 for two days of celebratory events, including meetings with their members of Congress, a White House private tour and special briefing, a Congressional reception, and a black-tie gala where the finalists and the winner will be recognized.

For more information on the American School Counselor Association, visit www.schoolcounselor.org.