AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Austintown Elementary School counselor Kelley Mills will be honored at the White House from Jan. 4-6 as the 2017 Counselor of the Year State Representative.
Mills is one of 50 to be honored in the nation.
First Woman Michelle Obama will host the group in a ceremony at the White House, and Mills will be formally recognized at a black-tie gala at the historic Union Station. The trip also includes an exclusive tour of the White House.
Mills said she is excited to get the opportunity.
“It’s quite a surreal experience to be able to go to the White House and see what goes on in there and then to have such an amazing celebration in the evening,” she said.
During her visit, Mills will break from the group to attend a special meeting with Don Yu, who runs the “Better Make Room” campaign to discuss the initiative that encourages kids to go to college and how to spread the message to elementary students.
“Kelley brings so many programs and opportunities to benefit our students at AES,” said Vincent Colaluca, Austintown Superintendent. “We are so proud to have her represent the Austintown Local Schools in Washington D.C.”
The School Counselor of the Year program honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation’s students, helping them achieve success in school and in life.
Mills was awarded the overall Ohio School Counselor of the Year for 2016, as well as the Elementary Counselor of the Year. She was nominated by fellow counselor, Penny Callahan, who will be accompanying Mills during her visit to D.C.