School Counseling Advocate of the Year

School Counseling Advocate of the Year

The Maryland School Counselor Association recently named Frederick County Public Schools Coordinator of Counseling and Student Support Janet Shipman Maryland’s 2018 School Counseling Advocate of the Year.

The award recognizes Shipman for leadership, dedication, advocacy and tireless support of comprehensive school counseling programs in Maryland. Nominators commended the innovative counseling programs Shipman introduces in supporting the needs of all students. They cited professional-development opportunities, resources and support for individual FCPS counselors, emphasizing that because of Shipman’s support students benefit from knowledgeable, caring and effective school counselors.

In addition to helping to bring the Naviance College and Career Readiness program to all FCPS middle and high schools, Shipman’s leadership has forged the way for more sensitive LGBTQ practices in schools, standardized bullying-prevention practices and introduced a middle school resource for fostering better peer relationships.

Shipman will receive formal honors at the Maryland School Counselor Association gala during National School Counseling Week at Martin’s Crosswinds, February 9, 2018. At the same event, the Association will recognize FCPS counselor Cathy Kazio from Crestwood Middle as the 2018 Maryland School Counselor of the Year and Kemptown Elementary counselor Dr. Laura Jones (the 2016 Maryland School Counselor of the Year) as 2018 Counselor Educator of the Year for her outstanding work with Hood College students. For more information about Cathy Kazio and her award, see the news release posted at http://www.fcps.org/about/news/1624718/maryland-school-counselor-of-the-year.