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Susan Langan Awarded 2014 High School Counselor of the Year

Susan Langan, school counselor at Cedar Falls High School in the Cedar Falls Community School District, was named the 2014 Iowa High School Counselor of the Year by the Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) at the annual ISCA conference held in Altoona, Iowa on November 3-4, 2014.

Ms. Langan has been an Iowa school counselor for twenty -four years and at Cedar Falls High School (CFHS) since 1994.  Her strong desire to be an advocate for ALL students has taken shape with numerous leadership roles and innovative programs and interventions. Since 2006, she has been the CFHS Counseling Department Chair and the Cedar Falls K-12 School Counseling Facilitator.  Through these leadership roles she has been instrumental in developing and sustaining an exemplary school-counseling program aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model.

 As a past ISCA President, Ms. Langan worked diligently with the ISCA board along with the national counterpart, ASCA, to reach out to Iowa school counselors and rejuvenate our state organization.  She is currently the Chair of the ISCA Advocacy Governmental Relations Committee.  She has inspired many Iowa school counselors to be informed and active politically in support of Iowa School Counseling Programs.

In 2013, Ms. Langan worked with CFHS school administrators, other school counselors and students to establish the Girls Leadership Group. High school girls from diverse backgrounds were invited to participate. This effective intervention educated the group members and others on self-esteem, body image, relational aggression and media portrayal of women.

Ms. Langan was also instrumental in creating, the well-established Harmony Committee at CFHS that began in 1995.  The Harmony mission is to raise awareness and encourage acceptance of diversity to create a more united community.  More than one hundred students each year from different racial, socio-economic, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds are trained and participate.

“Above all, Susan continues to be one of the most caring and dedicated educators I know. She truly views educating kids as a vocation, not a profession. The Cedar Falls School District is a much better place with her as a member of our school family.”

Dan Conrad, Director of Secondary Education, Cedar Falls Community School District

If you would like more information about Ms. Langan and this statewide recognition please contact us at:


Clare Struck                                                            Shelley Klaas

ISCA Awards Committee Co-Chair                                  ISCA Awards Committee Co-Chair

clare.struck@uni.edu                                             sklaas@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

(319) 504 7017                                                         (563) 529 6272

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