Do you know an exceptional school counselor who supports students, nurtures strong relationships with colleagues and student families, and shows outstanding leadership? Completed nomination packets for the MCPS School Counselor of the Year Awards are due on Friday, March 24. These awards—given to a counselor at the elementary, middle and high school levels—honor the dedication and hard work of counselors. Nominations can be submitted by staff, administrators, parents, students and community partners.
To be nominated, counselors must be actively working as a counselor in MCPS and have worked for the system for at least three years. Nominees also must show outstanding leadership; understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and cultivate their self-esteem; foster collaborative relationships with colleagues, students, their families and the community; instill a desire to learn and achieve while advocating for equity; use data to evaluate program effectiveness and programming needs; and use technology to enhance student learning.
Principals should notify their counselor and begin collecting documents to complete the nomination packet by Friday, March 3. Completed packets must be submitted electronically via Google Docs by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 24. Send completed packets by email to Theresa Dethlefsen and Arianne Haydel, School Counseling Services.