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Jefferson County Schools Recognize National School Counseling Week

By Staff | Feb 5, 2016

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), was recognized from Feb. 1-5, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of school counselors’ work. National School Counseling Week highlighted the tremendous impact school counselors can have helping students achieve school success and effective career planning.

The special week honoring school counselors provided recognition for those who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century, according to Mary Ellen Lloyd, facilitator of Student Support Services for Jefferson County Schools.

Jefferson County Schools employs 24 professional school counselors to work with more than 9,000 students.

Lloyd said, “Our school counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents. They focus on positive ways to enhance students’ social, personal, educational and career development. They work with parents, teachers and other educators to provide opportunities for students to realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.”

Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., American School Counselor Association 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.”

To learn more about National School Counseling Week, visit www.schoolcounselor.org. To learn more about Jefferson County Schools, visit boe.jeff.k12.wv.us.