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Kelley Dull (M.Ed. '02) named 2008 ASCA School Counselor of the Year semi-finalist

Kelley Dull, who received her master’s degree in School Counseling from the School of Education in 2002, has been named a semi-finalist for the 2008 School Counselor of the Year Award from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). 

Currently a counselor at Edneyville Elementary School in Hendersonville, N.C., Dull was nominated for the award by her district Director of Student Support Services, Rob Curtis, from Henderson County Public Schools. To be considered for the award, she submitted a full application that included five essays. Only 43 semi-finalists were chosen from the 230 applications.

“Perhaps the thing I love most about school counseling is that it is always changing and fluid,” Dull wrote in one essay. “There truly is no opportunity to become stagnant if you’re paying attention to the needs and desires of the populations you serve.”

In addition to writing and publishing in the education field, Dull is interested in involving students in more experimental counseling, specifically through the use of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. This alternative form of therapy is centered on relationship-building between horses and individuals. Dull currently volunteers with Horse Sense of the Carolinas Inc., an Asheville-based organization that offers programs in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), designed to help people recognize and overcome their current patterns of reacting and responding.

Upon graduation from the School’s M.Ed. program, Dull worked at Eugene Butler Middle School in Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2002-2003 school year. She has been a school counselor at Edneyville for the past five years.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a professional organization that provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 23,000 professional school counselors around the world. Its goal is to expand the image and influence of professional school counselors through advocacy, leadership, collaboration and systemic change.