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Schools prepare to celebrate counselors
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Plans are in the works to celebrate the contributions school counselors make in the lives of local students during National School Counseling Week.
“During the week, I have some special announcements planned,” said Shawn Palombo. “I also have a couple of activities planned in honor of National School Counseling Week.”
Along with being the school counselor at Eastside Elementary, Palombo is serving her second term as president of the South Tennessee Counseling Association, which is the chapter for this area. In November, Palombo was named president-elect for the Tennessee School Counseling Association.
“I love what I do,” said Palombo. “I work with some of the best school counselors there are right here in Warren County. We all work together in a manner that serves the best interest of our students and our community. You won’t find a group of more caring people.”
Palombo says counselors are very important to students but their contribution behind the scenes can sometimes be overlooked.
“School counselors have big shoes to fill and it is very important we stay up to date on the current laws and issues in our schools,” she said. “Most of the time we just do our work in a quiet way and so often people do not really understand what we do.”
Eastside Elementary eighth-grader Abraham Villafuerte says he just signed up to job shadow, one of many ways school counselors help students in choosing a career.
“I plan to attend Vanderbilt after graduation and become a surgeon,” said Villafuerte. “I just signed up to job shadow a surgeon. I can’t wait.”
 National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association is set for Feb. 4-8. The week will 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 what school counselors do.
Professional school counselors are certified with a master’s degree or EdS in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.
More than 30,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s activities.