2017 School Counselors of the Year

2017 School Counselors of the Year

Shown left to right are award-winning school counselors Jennifer Perry, Cathy Kazio and Janice Police

Frederick County Public Schools Supervisor of Counseling and Student Support Janet Shipman is proud to announce that the Frederick County Association for Counseling and Development recently recognized three of our school counselors with awards. They are Jennifer Perry, Cathy Kazio and Janice Police.

Jennifer Perry received the 2017 High School Counselor of the Year Award. Ms. Perry has worked at Gov. Thomas Johnson (TJ) High 14 years, counseling ninth graders the past 13. She spearheaded the Latino Parents’ Group, which aims to welcome and inform Spanish-speaking families about public education and connect them with resources through monthly programs. She is liaison to the TJ-based Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), working with counselors at other high schools to ensure cohesive programming for students who attend this program. Colleagues describe her as the “go to” person for students and staff when issues arise navigating complex situations. Her team refers to Ms. Perry as “a staunch advocate for any and all students,” who embodies what embracing diversity means.

Cathy Kazio received the 2017 Middle School Counselor of the Year Award. Those nominating her attribute many successes at Crestwood Middle to Ms. Kazio’s can-do attitude. Following a semester in the United Kingdom as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher, she wrote a successful grant proposal to form Cavaliers with Academic and Vocational Success, or CAVS. CAVS provides accelerated learning opportunities for students who may be the first generation in their families achieving post-secondary success. Funding helps the students visit local colleges, businesses and the FCPS Career and Technology Center and create portfolios documenting their experiences.

Janice Police received the 2017 Elementary School Counselor of the Year Award. Ms. Police is credited with initiating a culture of kindness program at Middletown Primary, resulting in an increase in positive behavior among students. She created a “kindness quilt” with first graders, sparking a schoolwide kindness challenge depicted on a “kindness tree” that displays heart-shaped leaves to recognize commendable actions. A peer says that Ms. Police is “the heart of our school.” Others describe her as “contagious with positivity.” A parent attributed her son’s success in part to “his relationship with Ms. Police who actively demonstrates her belief in his potential to be great.”

Each winner will receive formal honors at the Maryland School Counselor Association gala during National School Counseling Week at Martin’s Crosswinds, February 9, 2018.