National School Counselor Week – February 5th – 11th, 2018
Published by Laurie Pender on February 6, 2018

Celebrate National School Counseling WeekNational School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), highlights the impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success, develop/grow personally, and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.  School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents.

 From left to right - Kristan Fields (HS COY), Beverly Keller (Elem COY), and Jessika Rodriguez (MS COY).

From left to right – Kristan Fields (HS COY), Beverly Keller (Elem COY), and Jessika Rodriguez (MS COY).

They work in partnerships with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world and work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.  School counselors also focus on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

Cumberland County Schools kicked off the celebration on Friday, February 2 with a School Counseling Appreciation reception.  During this time, CCS’ School Counselors were supported and thanked for the job they do every day by School Board members, Central Office personnel, and administrators.  It was during this celebration that the 2018-2019 high school, middle school, and elementary school counselor of year winners were announced.  Mrs. Beverly Keller (J.W. Coon Elementary) was selected as the elementary school COY, Mrs. Jessika Rodriguez (Anne Chestnut Middle School) was selected as the middle school COY, and Ms. Kristan Fields (Terry Sanford High School) was selected as the high school COY.  Each of the winners has an opportunity to compete for NC state recognition of Counselor of the Year.  This award will be determined in November 2018 during the annual  NC School Counseling Conference.

Overall, please remember that school counselors are necessary and play a key role in student’s growth and development.  it is helpful to know that “school counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”


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