Humble ISD recently celebrated with Atascocita High School Associate Principal Will Falker in his achievement of being the recipient of the Rhosine Fleming Award. Falker received the Texas School Counselor Association’s Rhosine Fleming Award for Campus Administrator of the Year after being nominated by the counselors at AHS.
Falker said, “When I received the news that I had won the award, I was surprised and humbled at the same time. To be recognized by a state organization and selected from a pool of well-deserving candidates from across the state is a very special recognition.”
The Texas School Counselor Association (TSCA) is a division of the Texas Counseling Association that specifically addresses the needs of professional school counselors. Each year, the TSCA recognizes eight counselors or counselor advocates for their work in the school sector through the Rhosine Fleming Professional Development Awards, which were established in memory of Rhosine DuBose Fleming, a former Richardson ISD counselor who died in 1971.
According to Falker, he was approached during lunch duty by the counselors at his campus who requested permission to nominate him for the award.
“They asked me if they could nominate me for the Campus Administrator of the Year Award,” Falker said. “After replying ‘yes’ to their request, a few weeks later I received an email that I was selected as a finalist. Two days later, I received an email that I was selected to receive the award at the TSCA convention in San Antonio at their gala.”
According to an TSCA press release, the nominees were considered based on professional school counseling experience and leadership participation in the areas of supervision, professional development, program implementation and program advocacy. The Counselor Advocate of the Year, Campus Administrator of the Year, and Legislator of the Year awards are presented to honor those individuals who have supported the role of the professional school counselor through one or more of the following activities: updated campus or district policy aligning the role of the professional school counselor with state statute and/or best practices, have supported and collaborated with the professional school counselor to organize, plan, design, implement and evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program as delineated in the Texas Model for School Counseling Programs (2018), have advocated with school, district or community stakeholders on behalf of professional school counselors, and have introduced school counselor-supported state or federal legislation.
Falker credits the leadership of Atascocita Principal Bill Daniels and the professional development opportunities afforded by Humble ISD with the edge it took for his selection to win the award.
“During the ‘18-’19 school year,” Falker explained, “AHS had several tragic events on our campus. Working with the district and campus counseling departments provided me the opportunity to focus on the mental health and well-being of the students and faculty at AHS. Dr. [Elizabeth] Fagen’s (Humble ISD superintendent) vision for the counseling department for Humble ISD for the upcoming school year is to focus on personalized counseling and meeting the emotional needs of the students and adults in our district.”
The TSCA shared some of the nomination letter which recognized Falker for his participation in growth and advocacy for school counselors at Atascocita High.
“He is actively involved in the professional growth of each counselor and provides unwavering support to the counseling department,” the presentation said. “Mr. Falker is an advocate for counselors. He works at the district level to remove non-counseling duties. Having Mr. Falker as our administrator allows counselors to work on a campus where they are treated as a professional and recognized for the valuable works they do.”
According to Falker, winning the Rhosine Fleming Award is not only a great achievement for him, personally, but for the entire Atascocita High counseling and administration department.
Falker said, “I am blessed to work with an amazing group of administrators and counselors every day. I am grateful to work with them to meet the social-emotional needs of our campus. To be recognized by the AHS counselors for supporting their efforts and meeting the needs of the stakeholders we serve will positively impact mental health in our community and district.”