Monday, May 03, 2010

FSCA Names Counselors of the Year, Installs Officers

Fayette County school counselors celebrated their craft and honored their colleagues during the 10th annual Fayette School Counselors Association (FSCA) Installation of Officers and Awards Ceremony.
Each year the association seeks nominations from members, teachers and administrators for those who are always going above and beyond the call of duty to help students excel at each academic level. One counselor of the year is selected from the elementary, middle and high school level. The 2010 counselors of the year are (elementary) Maria Sherrod, Fayetteville Intermediate; (middle) Natalie Grubbs, Whitewater Middle, and (high) Dr. Sue Hutton, Starr’s Mill High.

In addition to naming counselors of the year, the organization recognizes a non-counselor who has worked hard during the year to advance counseling programs and services at an individual school or system wide. This year’s advocate of the year award was presented to Kim Bryan, a social worker at Sandy Creek High. This marks the second time Bryan has received the advocacy award; it was first presented to her in 2006.

During the ceremony, the association also installed its 2010-2011 officers: Kaye Eubanks (Open Campus) president; LeeAnn Belknap (Bennett’s Mill Middle) president elect; Linda Williams (Brooks Elementary) past president; Kelly Hubbard (Robert J. Burch Elementary) secretary; Tama Matthews (Flat Rock Middle) treasurer; Heather Sherwood (North Fayette Elementary) elementary school vice president; Kristin Cristelli (J.C. Booth Middle) middle school vice president and Sandy Perrin (McIntosh High) high school vice president.

School counselors at all levels provide valuable services to students and their families as well as faculty and staff. On a daily basis they are involved in character education, violence prevention, career planning and much more.

Counselors are professional educators who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse population. They don’t work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve school success.

Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program.

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