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Michael Brannigan (M.Ed. '03) named NYSSCA Counselor of the Year

Michael Brannigan, a 2003 graduate of the School’s M.Ed. program in school counseling, was named 2007 Counselor of the Year by the New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA). Brannigan currently is in his fifth year as a counselor at Queensbury Middle School in upstate New York. 

Brannigan has been a member of NYSSCA for four years and a board member for three years, including a term as vice president for middle-level schooling. Currently, he works as the organization’s data committee chairperson.  As part of this position, Brannigan is collaborating on a publication that showcases research-based programs across New York that will be shared with stakeholders such as the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the New York State Department of Education.

In addition to the in-state award, Brannigan recently has been nominated for the ASCA Counselor of the Year award. He will hear from the national award committee in early December as to whether or not he has been chosen to attend a session in Washington, D.C., along with other finalists to complete the interview portion of the selection process.

Brannigan, who received his B.A. in psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1996, wants to continue to assess the programs and interventions school counselors employ in schools in order to highlight appropriate and effective ways to help students achieve their true potential.

NYSSCA aims to promote excellence in the profession of school counseling in order to enhance the development of all students by respecting the worth of the individual, enabling positive change, acquiring and applying knowledge, empowering leadership and encouraging collaboration.