The 2018 School Counselor of the Year received a joyful surprise this week when she received a congratulatory phone call from former first lady Michelle Obama.
Mrs. Obama shared a video of the call in a tweet Thursday, which shows Kirsten Perry of Chicago’s Lawndale Community Academy picking up the phone.
“Hi, Kirsten,” a familiar voice answers. “This is Michelle Obama. How are you?”
Perry, who was named the 2018 School Counselor of the Year was expecting a call from someone else. Not only did Obama surprise Perry with the phone call, but the nationally-recognized counselor also found out that the former First Lady would be introducing her at gala in Washington D.C. next week.
“We’re gonna get a chance to spend a little time together,” Obama said.
Perry, who has been a school counselor for six years, was picked out of six finalists for her “ ability to create systemic change within the profession through significant leadership, collaboration and advocacy,” according to the American School Counselor Association.
“Wow! Absolutely unbelievable!!”Perry tweeted back in response. “Thank you so much! Such a great honor and surprise! So glad to share this moment with my students! See you in DC!!!”