MWES staff salutes counselor during national observance

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - From assisting with administrative duties to providing mental health and academic support, counselors play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of Bullitt County’s public schools. 

In recognition of counselors and their tireless efforts to make a difference in the lives of their students, this week marks National School Counseling Week. 

The initiative is intended to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.

Sponsored by ASCA, National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve academic success and plan for careers.

The faculty and staff of Mount Washington Elementary wish to recognize counselor Ruth Esterle for her tireless commitment to the entire school community.

“She is so wonderful,” said principal Terri Lewis. “She takes on a lot of different roles that support our families, staff and kids.”

Lewis said Esterle does whatever she has to do to make MWES the best it can be, adding that she’s never heard anyone speak ill of her.

“I don’t just see her as a counselor, I see her as a college and a friend,” Lewis said. “I think everyone who works at Mount Washington Elementary would say that.”

Additionally, Lewis said Esterle has worked vigorously to take on critical leadership roles in order to better the school community.

“She juggles a lot of balls and she keeps them in the air better than most people I know,” Lewis said. 

In the half decade she’s been with MWES, Esterle has spearheaded a number of initiatives, including a recent effort aimed at preventing bullying. 

MWES fourth grade teacher Beth Boog said the thing that stands out about Esterle is her positive attitude.

“She’s an outstanding counselor,” Boog said. “She’s always smiling and she can make light of any situation...She really makes the entire building a more positive.”

Esterle has been with Mount Washington Elementary since 2007. 

Prior to assuming her role as MWES counselor, Esterle served 19 years as an classroom teacher with Jefferson County Public Schools.  

Esterle and her husband David reside in Louisville. They have three children: Allison, Chris, and Mitchell.