White House Honors MCC Alumna as 2017 Counselor of the Year

Terri Tchorzynski

Terri Tchorzynski with her kids Dave, left and Broc during a surprise presentation for receiving the Nation's Counselor of the Year on Jan. 5. Tchorzynski is a counselor at the Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek. PHOTO CREDIT: Al Lassen/Battle Creek Enquirer


MCC alumna Terri Knoll Tchorzynski, a counselor at the Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek, was recognized Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., as the recipient of the 2017 School Counselor of the Year award from the American School Counselor Association.

The program, spearheaded by Michelle Obama as a part of her Reach Higher campaign, highlights the work of school counselors as it pertains to helping students prepare for post-secondary education. Tchorzynski was featured in Time Magazine and on CNN.

The 1999 MCC graduate competed for the Jayhawks for two seasons in softball and basketball.

“She was a phenomenal two-sport athlete who worked hard every day,” said Colleen Morse, who coached her in softball at MCC. “I’m not surprised she’s been so successful in her career. She was always nice and friendly with everyone. I don’t think there was a person who didn’t like Terri.”

At the White House, Tchorzynski addressed an audience that included “50 other school counselors as well as University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, R&B star Usher, rapper Wale, “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Jay Pharoah and “Friday Nights Lights” actress Connie Britton,” according to a Battle Creek Enquirer and WZZM article.

Read the full news account: http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/michigan/battle-creek-school-counselor-honored-at-white-house/383294818