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Colin Moge,
School Counselor at West Springfield High School ,
honored as 2024 School Counselor of the Year

Colin Moge, School Counselor at West Springfield High School, was honored as the 2024 School Counselor of the Year by the Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA) at a surprise school assembly on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at 10:00 AM in the West Springfield High School Auditorium. Moge will represent Massachusetts in Washington, D.C. at the National School Counselor of the Year Gala in February 2025 and compete with other state winners from around the country for the 2024 American School Counselor Association's School Counselor of the Year award.

Colin Moge has been celebrated for his outstanding contributions as a school counselor at West Springfield High School and West Springfield Public Schools since 2018. During his tenure, Mr. Moge has demonstrated exceptional dedication and innovation, earning him the Rising Star Award in his first year. He pioneered impactful initiatives such as an attendance incentive program, mentor/mentee program, and academic pep rallies, all aimed at enhancing the overall school experience and making substantial contributions to the broader community.

Noteworthy among his achievements is the establishment and oversight of the school Renaissance Program, which recognizes students for academic excellence, good attendance, and behavior. Additionally, Mr. Moge spearheaded the "Terrier Closet," a service project providing essential items such as clothing, toiletries, professional attire, event-specific items, and personal hygiene products to students of all ages. These initiatives not only address immediate concerns but also equip students with essential life skills, fostering resilience in the face of future challenges.

Colin Moge's leadership extends beyond counseling as he actively engages with students both in and outside the classroom. As the coach of the freshmen men’s soccer team and co-advisor of the class of 2023, he has consistently worked towards providing memorable experiences, even during the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. His coordination of fundraisers and organization of events, such as a students vs. staff basketball game, garnered widespread support from fans and community members.

Mr. Moge's unwavering commitment to student success and the well-being of the school community has positioned him as a true asset to West Springfield. He goes above and beyond to ensure that every student feels heard and supported, creating a positive ripple effect throughout the school. His teaching approach incorporates a perfect blend of structure, guidance, encouragement, humor, and perspective, fostering healthier students and stronger critical thinkers.

“The recognition of Colin Moge as the MASCA 2024 School Counselor of the Year is a testament to his exemplary counseling skills, resources and professionalism, earning him admiration from students, parents, faculty, colleagues, and the West Springfield community,” says MASCA Executive Director Robert Bardwell.  “As one of his graduate school professors, I am not surprised that Colin has risen to this high standard.  He is an inspiration to all.”

Colin's unmatched warm and welcoming personality connects with people, making them feel valued and supported regardless of the issue. His innate ability to listen keenly and communicate effectively has made him a reliable resource for students and the school community. Embodying the role of an "Advocate," Colin Moge is an inspirational leader and role model whose compassionate and unwavering commitment rightfully earned him the title of MASCA 2024 School Counselor of the Year.

Colin and his colleagues

Colin's Award

Colin with Dr. Bob Bardwell,
MASCA's Executive Director

Colin with his family

A fan

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