APS’ Director of Counseling Services Vicki Price says a few words about Ms. Easton as she receives the award. Photo Credit to Rachel Ochoa, retweeted by Ms. Debra Chandler.

Debora Easton, the counselor for last names K-O at La Cueva, was awarded the title of APS High School Counselor of the Year for the 2016-17 year this past Friday, as announced by college and career counselor Debra Chandler on her Twitter page.

“Her energy, passion, and commitment to her students is unmatched,” the nomination letter from staff and administration stated about Ms. Easton. “Her positive influence extends well beyond the walls of La Cueva.”

Easton is widely known across La Cueva and the community for her creation of the Athlete Reading Program. “Five years ago, Debbie came into work with an idea. We knew from the moment she started talking that this was going to be something great,” the nomination letter also said about Mrs. Easton. “Over the years, she has worked with hundreds of athletes who have read to over a thousand kids. Her idea has created a positive ripple effect throughout our community.” There were eighteen members of the program this year that went around to different elementary schools across town reading books to kids K-5.

But Ms. Easton is not just known for her impact on the community with the Athlete Reading Program, but for also connecting with every student that walks into her office. “She leaves no stone unturned when working toward student success,” said principal of La Cueva Dana Lee. “Mrs. Easton is goal-oriented, and she instills that motivation in her students as well.” Ms. Lee also said that she loves how Ms. Easton “stands out as someone who maintains a single-minded focus of doing what’s best for kids… always.”

The Edition spoke with Ms. Easton, and she said she is honored to have received this award. “One of the greatest feelings is to be recognized by your co-workers for the daily work you do,” she said. “I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work in a profession that I love.”