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Counseling Prof Named TSCA President-Elect

November 16, 2016

Dr. Lesley Casarez of the curriculum and instruction faculty at Angelo State University has been named the 2017-18 president-elect of the Texas School Counselor Association (TSCA).

In preparation for her term as president, Casarez will serve as chair of the TSCA Bylaws Committee. 

Chartered in 1966, the TSCA is the largest division of the Texas Counseling Association and works closely with its parent organization to support Texas school counselors through leadership, advocacy and professional development. TSCA serves more than 2,000 members, hosts an annual conference and produces the quarterly newsletter, The Voice of the School Counselor. 

<strong>Dr. Lesley Casarez</strong>Dr. Lesley CasarezCasarez joined the ASU College of Education as a graduate programs advisor and field experience advisor in 2010 and became a full-time faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2013. She is also the advisor for ASU’s Master of Education in guidance and counseling degree program and the school counselor professional certificate program. Under her leadership, the online M.Ed. in guidance and counseling program has been recognized nationally by several educational resource guides. In 2015, she was named TSCA Counseling Educator of the Year. 

Also a dedicated researcher, she has published numerous articles in industry journals and has made more than 35 presentations at professional conferences.        

In addition to TSCA, Casarez is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education, Association of Distance Education and Individualized Learning, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Southwest Educational Research Association and Texas Counseling Association. She is also president of ASU’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and represented ASU at the organization’s 44th Biennial Convention earlier this year in Atlanta, Ga.         

Before joining ASU, Casarez served as a curriculum specialist for San Angelo Independent School District, as a school counselor for Reagan County ISD and as a teacher in Austin and Round Rock. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, master’s degrees from Texas State University and Sul Ross State University, and a doctorate in educational psychology from Texas Tech University.