Belinda Tutor has been selected as the 2021 School Counselor of the Year for Magnolia State School Counselor Association. Belinda is a K-2 counselor at Mooreville Elementary School in Mooreville, where she has been employed since July 2016. In 2002, she graduated from Blue Mountain College with her Bachelor’s degree. She taught upper Math and Science for 14 years. In December 2015, Belinda completed her Master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. She completed her specialist degree in August 2018 from The University of Mississippi with an emphasis in play therapy. Belinda also became an AutPlay Therapy provider in July 2019. In 2019, Belinda and her 2-year-old Australian Shepherd, Biscuit, worked side by side to become a “Love on a Leash” therapy pet team. Biscuit comes to school one to two days a week. According to Jodie M. Boyd, parent liaison for Lee County Schools, “The first word that comes to mind when I think of Belinda Tutor is GENUINE. As a parent, I have personally experienced the “genuine” heart of Mrs. Tutor and how it drives every aspect of her job as a counselor/educator. “Whether you are a student, parent/grandparent, co-worker or visitor to the school, you will feel welcomed and genuinely loved if you are in her presence.” Megan Cates, principal at Mooreville Elementary had this to say about Ms. Tutor: “In my mind, she is what a School Counselor should be within a school setting. She goes above and beyond to stay abreast of the newest strategies as well as using what she already knows that will work with our students. Mrs. Tutor is constantly growing and learning as a professional.” Belinda has been married for 36 years to her husband Mark and they have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandsons. Belinda will represent Mississippi in the 2022 ASCA School Counselor of the Year Selection Process.
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