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Forsyth school system seeking 2016 counselor of year

CUMMING — While a buzz circulates throughout the community each year when the Forsyth County school system’s teacher of the year is chosen, it is not the only top honor bestowed on educators.

Through Feb. 18, the district is seeking nominations for the 2016 Professional School Counselor of the Year.

Anyone who is currently employed full time in the district as a professional school counselor and who has been for at least three years is eligible for the recognition.

The person must also have at least five years of total experience in professional school counseling.

Letters of nomination must be submitted to Debbie Smith, director of students support services for the district, no later than Thursday at

Letters should describe the contributions for which the person is being nominated.

Considerations for the counselor of the year include the nominee being:

* Responsible for guidance program innovations and/or further development of programs that align with the ASCA National model standards to support the career, personal/social and academic development of all students.

* Able to demonstrate leadership, advocacy and collaboration in his or her work, to promote equity and access to opportunities and to promote rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize their achievement.

* Proven in collaborating with stakeholders.

* Know for performing outstanding service to the school and community.

* A participant in professional counseling associations.

* Someone who demonstrates professional and personal ethical standards and qualities.

Those who are nominated will be notified by Feb. 19.