Flagstaff counselor honored at White House as counselor of the year

| February 3, 2016

By Wafa Shahid • Cronkite News

Katherine Pastor, center, next to First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo by Wafa Shahid. Courtesy Cronkite News

Katherine Pastor, center, next to First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo by Wafa Shahid. Courtesy Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Flagstaff High School guidance counselor Katherine Pastor said it’s enough to know her work helps make a difference in students’ lives – but the hugs from Michelle Obama were probably nice to get, too.

The first lady on Thursday named Pastor the 2016 counselor of the year, singling her out from 42 other guidance counselors from around the country who were at the White House to be honored for their work.

“In just seven short years, Flagstaff High School has seen a 13 percent increase in college acceptance rates and a 50 percent increase in the number of colleges that visit their campus,” Obama said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

She said Pastor “wants nothing more than to see students succeed and become the best versions of themselves.”

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