By: Alicia Sands Lurry
Atlanta Public Schools recently recognized its 2018 School Counselors of the Year.
Rebecca Ginsberg of Toomer Elementary School; Dr. Tony Jones of Crawford Long Middle School; and Sheryl Neely of Frederick Douglass High School, were all honored for their commitment and dedication to students during the APS School Counselor Recognition Ceremony in February.
An advocate for school counseling services, Ginsberg was recognized for using data and incorporating technology into lessons; implementing literacy strategies across the spectrum; and making technology a student-centered experience. Dr. Jones, who is known as a tech-savvy counselor, was hailed for his use of technology to assess services provided to the students. Active both in school and on the state level, Neely was recognized for her efforts to increase parental involvement, enhance the connection between high school and post-secondary pursuits through various activities, and improve the school’s attendance rate by implementing an incentive program.
Dr. Michael Maze, director of Career, Technical and Agricultural and Education, was named Administrator/Advocate of the Year for his exemplary support of counseling services.
APS School Counseling Coordinator Maria Grovner said this year’s recipients are excellent examples of what school counselors represent.
“These honorees are truly awesome school counselors whose goal is to support students in their quest to become the best versions of themselves as they strive for greater opportunities,” Grovner said.