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COEHS Graduate Honored at White House

February 08, 2016, Zach Martin

Franciene Sabens, 2014 Illinois High School Counselor of the Year and school counselor at Chester High School, was honored Jan. 28 by First Lady, Michelle Obama in the East Room of the White House.

Sabens was one of the finalists for National School Counselor of the Year, who were honored alongside the 2016 National School Counselor of the Year, Kat Pastor of Arizona.

“Oh, wow! It was a lot of rules, but really exciting,” Sabens said.

Sabens graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies in 2002 and is a 2008 Master of Science graduate in Educational Psychology-School Counseling, both from SIU. The Educational Psychology department has been renamed to the Counseling, Qualitative Methods and Special Education Department and can be found here. Sabens has been the counselor at Chester High School since July 2007.

After the ceremony, the First Lady’s staff, Acting Secretary of Education John King, ASCA staff, school counselor of year finalists and semi-finalists, and their guests spent the afternoon at a reception in the East Wing of the White House.

(Story courtesy The Southern Illinoisan)