Corey Notestine, Gonzaga Graduate MA School Counseling


September 07, 2017
Cory Notestine is a 2007 graduate of Gonzaga University’s Master of Arts in School Counseling program. Honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony, January 30, 2015 as the National School Counselor of the Year, he received the highest award presented by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). It honors professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates, and often lifesavers for the nation’s students.

During his acceptance speech, Cory said he often reflects on his time at Gonzaga. He credits much of what he knows about the implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs to all the faculty of Gonzaga’s M.A. in School Counseling program, but more specifically, then Program Director, Mary Brown.

“They instilled the importance of excellence in the work that I do on behalf of students, and the necessity to advocate effectively in support of those marginalized and without a voice,” said Cory. “I’m forever grateful to Mary and the department for providing an educational environment that has allowed me to flourish in my chosen career.”

Mary Brown is well aware of Cory’s impact on the school counseling profession. His ability to develop data driven counseling programs that result in significant measurable impact on student success is visible through the numerous examples of his perceptive and caring approach. He strives to help students and parents find the pathways to success in not only high school, but beyond.

“I am so proud of Cory for who he is and what he has accomplished,” said Mary. “He is an esteemed and adored change agent on behalf of all students and counseling programs. I knew he would do great things because he did them in both the classroom and his internship. Cory is an extraordinary individual who relates like a regular guy. It’s no wonder that people flock to him and embrace his ideas.”

Dr. Adriana Wissel, now the current Director of the M.A. in School Counseling program had this to say about Cory’s achievement:

“We are delighted to have an alumnus of our program receive this tremendous honor. It reflects the quality of our program and our commitment to educate graduates on the importance of attending to the whole person and creating genuine relationships with all students and families.”