Rochester, MN (KROC AM News ) - An elementary school counselor for the Rochester Catholic School system has been honored by his peers with an annual award.  

The Southeast Minnesota School Counselors Association has given its Elementary School Counselor of the Year award to Jovan Kristo.

He currently serves students at Holy Spirit, St. John’s and St. Pius schools.  Kristo is also a member of the Rochester Catholic Schools K-12 counseling  and Crisis Response teams and the Safe Schools Committee.  He collaborates with Victim’s Services to implement a sexual abuse prevention program and plays a key role in a bullying prevention program at Holy Spirit.

According to Rochester Catholic Schools, Kristo’s co-workers say he has excellent rapport with students, staff, and parents. As a counselor, he is present and visible in the school where he greets students in the morning, spends time in the lunchroom and in the classrooms where  he delivers guidance lessons. In addition to his school counseling knowledge, his previous experience with students receiving special education services provides another layer of insight and skill to students.

Kristo will be honored at the SEMSCA Awards Banquet Thursday, April 14, at Willow Creek Golf Course.

Here is the list of all the winners:

School Counseling Administrative Support Award:  Roxi Stewart, Owatonna High School

Emerging Leader Award:  Kaitlyn Shead, Tri-City United School

Elementary School Counselor of the Year:   Jovan Kristo, Rochester Catholic Schools

Secondary School Counselor of the Year:  Julie Senska, Byron High School

Elementary Administrator of the Year:  Julie Sullivan, Wilson Elementary School

Secondary Administrator of the Year:  Craig Schlichting, Triton High School

Outstanding Leadership Award:  Carle Stange, Winona State University

SEMSCA presents elementary school counselor of the year annually to a counselor who has demonstrated awareness and knowledge of the American School Counseling Association National Model and have been responsible for school counseling innovations or further development of all students.  SEMSCA is a regional division of the Minnesota School Counselors Association.

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