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School counselors celebrated for contributions to education
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National School Counseling Week 2023, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 6–10, to focus public attention on the unique contributions of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. 

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors 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 Director of Warren County Schools Dr. Grant Swallows.

In a proclamation, Dr. Swallows cited school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, career and social/emotional development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. 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 options and social/emotional skills,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “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.”

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities. Many schools will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program. 

As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, Warren County Schools will be sharing morning announcements about National School Counseling Week and other activities, depending on the school. Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. More general information can also be found on ASCA’s website,

School counselors in Warren are: Bobby Ray, Rebecca Carter; Centertown, Dana Grissom; Dibrell, Haley Ortiz; Eastside, Shawn Palombo; Irving College, Heath Roberts; Morrison- Joshua Feiran; West, Emily Haston; Warren County Middle School, Becky Parton; Kristi Slatton; Warren County High School, Whitney Britton, Kari Burnett, Keri Carlson, Stacy Smith and Marisa Young

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. 

ASCA helps school counselors guide their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society. Founded in 1952, ASCA has a network of 51 state and territory associations and a membership of approximately 43,000 school counseling professionals. 

For additional information on the American School Counselor Association, visit