Counselor of the Year

Gary Moline receives prestigious award after 23 years at Kent Career Tech Center

Gary Moline: Gary Moline, surrounded by family, receives the Counselor of the Year award from WMCA

When Lara Roessler thinks about coworker Gary Moline, a quote from Maya Angelou comes to mind.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

After 35 years in education, 28 with Kent ISD and 23 as a counselor at the Kent Tech Center, Moline was presented with the West Michigan Counseling Association’s “Counselor of the Year” award.

“Gary has this amazing ability to connect with all people,” said Roessler, a fellow counselor. “He has an incredible zest for life and a love for humanity. To know him is to love him.

“His wonderful sense of humor brings great joy to the workplace for all students and staff,” she added. “He is able to make challenging situations less stressful.”

The award was a surprise for Moline at the WMCA annual awards banquet Friday, April 20, and was given to him in front of his wife, son, grandson, 90-year-old mother and his daughter-in-law.

“Gary is so well deserving of this honor and recognition,” said John Kraus, Kent Center Tech Center principal. “We are a blessed organization to work with such fine professionals.”

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A 2017 graduate of Grand Valley State University and a lifelong teacher’s kid, Hannah Lentz has worked as a journalist in and outside the Grand Rapids area for more than five years. After serving as editor-in-chief at the GVSU student newspaper, Hannah interned at the Leelanau Enterprise where she learned a lot about community journalism. In addition to her work for School News Network, Hannah has worked as a freelance blogger in the furniture industry, focusing on design trends, and as a social media manager for World Medical Relief in Detroit. Read Hannah's full bio.

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