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Margaret Walendin (M.Ed. ’07) appointed leader in Massachusetts School Counselors Association

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Margaret Walendin

Margaret Walendin, a resource counselor at Somerville High School in Somerville, Mass., has been appointed co-chair of the member services committee for the Massachusetts School Counselors Association, after serving as an emerging leader with the association in 2008-2009.

Walendin applied for the MASCA emerging leaders program after hearing about it at a conference in the spring of 2008. As an emerging leader from July 2008 through June 2009, she worked with the member services committee to create a “new counselor survival guide” that included materials for counselors new to the state. She also established a mentoring program and a new counselor workshop for MASCA conferences.

“I completed the emerging leaders program with two other women and I think it was a great experience for all of us,” stated Walendin. “I learned a lot more about the organization and how to get involved.”

The mission of the MASCA emerging leaders program, according to the MASCA Web site, is to “advocate for school counselors in Massachusetts by providing leadership, collaboration, and professional development.”

After graduating from the School of Education, Walendin moved to Massachusetts to become a resource counselor at Somerville High School where she has worked for three years. She has created and implemented a comprehensive guidance curriculum for students in grades 9 through 12. She collects data and conducts program evaluations for the department, and teaches career preparation for a section of each biotechnology class at the high school.

Today, as the co-chair of the member services committee for MASCA, Walendin continues to work on the projects she began as an emerging leader. She is an official voting member of the MASCA Governing Board. The committee holds a new counselor session at every conference and is working on a new mentoring program. They are focusing on how to serve their current members better as well as ways they can recruit new members.

Walendin graduated from Brown University in 2005. She completed her Master of Education degree in school counseling at the UNC School of Education in 2007. Since then she has earned her license as a K-12 guidance counselor and an adjustment counselor in Massachusetts.