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Sue Farran - ISCA Past-President

After a rewarding and exciting year as President of the Iowa School Counselor Association, I am eager to continue by work on the Board as Immediate Past President.  I have served on the ISCA board for the past six years as Awards and Recognitions Chair, President Elect, and President and am looking forward to continuing my work with school counselors throughout the state of Iowa.  I will one of ISCA’s voting delegates at the ASCA Delegate Assembly and Leadership Development Institute in Orlando, and am excited to be attending the ACSA National Conference there as well.

I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but have now spent more than half of my life in Iowa.  I earned my B.A in Biology with minors in history and education from Albion College, Albion, MI.  After two years of teaching high school biology, I attended The Ohio State University where I earned my M.A. in Guidance and Counseling. My career took many twists and turns as I worked for two years as a middle school counselor in Ohio, taught Introduction to Guidance and Counseling and a Biology Support course at Northland College, Ashland, WI, directed the Linn Health Services program in Cedar Rapids, and served as a middle school/high school counselor at Marion Independent Schools.  I finally found my career “home” at College Community Schools as a middle school counselor at Cedar Rapids Prairie where I spent 31 years.  In my retirement, I am serving as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa working with MA counseling intern students and have also served as a mentor for the ISCLeadership course, developing leadership in school counselors.  

School counseling was been my professional calling for 35 years.  This work has made a difference in my life and, I hope, a difference in the lives of my students, the goal of all school counselors.  Evolving over these years has been my vision of the school counseling profession:  to meet the needs of all students through ensuring that all schools have counseling programs based on the ASCA standards and addressing the social/emotional, academic, and career needs of each student.  It is imperative that our standards-based, data driven, comprehensive programs are an integral part of educating students to be career, college, and citizen ready for future success.  

As the 2014-15 ISCA Immediate Past President, I look forward to continued work with the ISCA board and with all counselors across the state of Iowa in a collaborative effort to provide for the developmental needs of all students through excellence in professional school counseling programs.   I will foster the continued growth of ISCA as the organization through which Iowa counselors can secure curricular resources, standards-based program development support, professional growth opportunities, and advocacy for our profession. 

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