The importance of professional development can't be overemphasized, especially in a field as vital as education. Only by continually arming yourself with the latest research, techniques, and knowledge in the profession can you hope to stay effective in your career.


AzSCA believes the school counselor plays a pivotal role in a student's academic, social/emotional and career development. In response to our states recent allocation of funds to provide more school counselors, we are establishing a program to offer support to new school counselors or current school counselors moving to a different grade level of service.

If you find yourself in a new school counseling role we invite you to consider connecting with a mentor. In order to find a mentor closest to you please email your contact information and the following details to Julie Cota at

Please include Your:

Region in Arizona (pick one that best describes the area you live in): North, South, East, West, Northwest, Southeast, Northeast, Southwest
  • County
  • City
  • School Name
  • Grade level
  • District

Benefits of the AZSCA Mentor Program include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Career shadowing
  • Direct/Indirect resources
  • Networking
  • “Welcome to School Counseling” survivor kit
  • FREE 1 Year membership to AzSCA
  • Monthly phone contact-or weekly at first!

Kristy Meyers

Julie Cota
Board of Directors Liaison

Committee Members
Sherry Erling
Suzanne Graun

The Professional Development Committee shall:

  • Facilitate professional development opportunities to meet the needs of school counselors & affiliates throughout the year.
  • Shall collaborate with ADE to provide training opportunities for School Counselors.
  • Shall recruit professional presenters.
  • Shall conduct member surveys on professional development needs.
  • Shall collaborate with AzCAN to provide web-based College Access Professional (CAP) training to school counselors in the state of Arizona.
  • The Association/Presentation Liaison shall collaborate with the professional development committee and shall recruit board members to serve on association/committee as AzSCA representatives as well as recruit board members to present at various professional conferences, i.e. AzCTE, ABEC, etc.
  • Provide Certificate of Attendance for each Professional Development event as applicable.