Brandie Oliver, Assistant Professor of School Counseling in the College of Education, has been named Indiana School Counselor Association (ISCA) Counselor Educator of the Year. She will be recognized at a luncheon on November 4.
“It is an honor to receive this award from the Indiana School Counselor Association and to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected,” Oliver said. “Numerous people have supported me in my journey and I owe much of my success to the excellent training I received during my graduate school counseling program at Butler University. I was taught to be an advocate, build relationships, and to keep students at the center of my work. These lessons are at the core of my work as a Counselor Educator.”
Nicole Detrick, Upper School Counselor at the International School of Indianapolis, nominated Oliver for the award. In her nomination essay, Detrick credited Oliver with asking her to be the Indiana School Counselor Association Secondary School VP board member when Oliver was president of ISCA.
“Brandie giving me this state leadership opportunity helped me to grow as an education professional and inspired me to study education administration for which I hope to move into in the next couple of years,” Detrick said. “During my time at the state school counseling level, Brandie continued to support and model great student advocacy for ALL students. She works tirelessly bringing positive change to the lives of Indiana students at the K-12, post-secondary, and policy levels. I am proud to be her colleague and friend. She is an exemplary educator!”
Oliver said she has been fortunate to work with “amazing school counselors, educators, and community partners during my service on the ISCA Board and as a Counselor Educator at Butler University.”
“I often tell others that I have the best career because my work is to teach the next generation of school counselors as well as to mentor and support practitioners in the field, like my friend Nicole Detrick. While awards are wonderful to receive, the greatest rewards are witnessing the success of my students and alumni and the relationships that I have developed both inside and outside of the classroom.”