Counselor named Simon Foundation teacher of the year

A Clark-Pleasant school counselor has been rewarded for her dedication to her job and students.

Katie Burton, a student services coordinator at Clark Pleasant Academy, recently received the Simon Youth Foundation Teacher of the Year award for her ability to connect with students.

The award is a national recognition given to a few educators at Simon Youth Foundation schools. The foundation, a part of the Simon shopping mall company, has partnered with Clark-Pleasant schools to help provide the facility where the academy is housed and provide scholarships and grants to students.

Jim White, director of the academy, which is an alternative school in the Clark-Pleasant district, said Burton was an obvious pick for the award because of her connection with students.

“She’s so good at getting to know them as people and finding what their life issues are and helping assist with those issues,” White said.

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