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GCPS educators earn state counseling honors

Four GCPS educators recognized by state

GCPS educators earn state counseling honors

November 17, 2017


     Four Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) educators were recognized by the Georgia School Counselor Association, (GSCA) as tops in the counseling field. The GSCA awards are bestowed upon deserving individuals every year in recognition of their outstanding commitment to, performance in, and support of school counseling. The award winners and their respective honors are as follows:  

GSCA School Counselor of the Year:
Samela Tucker Reid

Parkview High School
Emerging Leader Award: 
Laura Ross

Five Forks Middle School
Supervisor of the Year Award: 
Penny Palmer Young, Principal

Arcado Elementary
Writer Award: 
Simone Sheppard

Rosebud Elementary School 


     The GSCA is a private, non-profit association comprised of school counselors, counseling and guidance directors, supervisors, administrators, counselor educators, and other individuals involved in related activities who have an impact on a student’s success and well-being at school, work and home. Founded in 1949, GSCA has grown to a membership of more than 1,000 members. GSCA has been instrumental in setting professional standards for the school counseling profession in Georgia. GSCA assists counselors in delivering more effective services by providing the means and information to enhance their skills, by supporting self-evaluation, and by conducting research to measure counselor effectiveness. Professional development programs and activities help maintain high standards and encourage quality performance. GSCA speaks for school counselors at the state and national levels through strong public relations and government relations programs and activities. GSCA members work in all educational settings from elementary through postsecondary education. GSCA and its members are committed to the continuing development of the school counseling profession.



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