MSSU Alum Named Missouri Secondary Counselor of the Year

Published 08/25 2014 11:51AM

Updated 08/25 2014 12:02PM

JOPLIN, MO. --- Robert Lundien, a 1996 graduate of Missouri Southern, has been selected as the Missouri Secondary School Counselor of the Year.

After graduating from Missouri Southern with a degree in music education, Lundien's teaching career included serving as band directory in Diamond, a counselor for Neosho High School, and working in special education for the Webb City School District. Lundien says while his first love was music, he said he felt a calling to transition into the counseling field.

"There were kids struggling with outside issues and influences on their lives and bringing them to school. I started the graduate program at Missouri State and realized that counseling was something I wanted to do in order to help students in a different capacity," says Lundien.

Lundien is currently a counselor at Staley High School in Kansas City. He has also remained involved with Missouri Southern, serving on a teacher education committee that is in charge of scholarships.

He will be officially recognized during the Missouri School Counselor Association's Fall Conference, to be held Nov. 2-4 at Tan-Tar-A Resort.

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