The program was initiated in the 2010-11 school year to recognize the talent and dedication of district counselors, said School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby.
A Counselor of the Year is selected for each Innovation Zone in the district and a panel of retired educators selects the districtwide Counselor of the Year from the pool, she said.
Recipients are selected for: inspiring students of all backgrounds and abilities to be productive; earning the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues; and demonstrating leadership, advocacy and collaboration in their work, Jacoby said.
The 2013-14 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year are: Clayton Elementary School’s Shanna McAdoo, in the Cherokee Zone; Creekview High School’s Kristi Sikes, in the Creekview Zone; Etowah High School’s Jessica Whitley, in the Etowah Zone; Mill Creek Middle School’s Catherine Holman, in the River Ridge Zone; Dean Rusk Middle School’s Wendy Fort, in the Sequoyah Zone; and Carmel Elementary School’s Elizabeth Ray, in the Woodstock Zone.
The CCSD districtwide winner and the zone winners will be recognized by the superintendent and school board at a school board meeting this spring.
During the most recent school board meeting, board Chairwoman Janet Read recognized all CCSD counselors in honor of National School Counselors Week from Feb. 3 to 7.
National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, promotes public attention to the contributions that professional school counselors make in helping students achieve school success.
“Thank you to all the counselors for everything you do for our students… especially the things we don’t know about it,” Read said, after sharing examples of the many ways that counselors quietly work behind the scenes to help students.