Maryland School Counselor of the Year: Cathy Kazio

Maryland School Counselor of the Year: Cathy Kazio

Frederick County Public Schools Coordinator of Counseling and Student Support Janet Shipman is proud to announce that the Maryland School Counselor Association has once again named an FCPS counselor Maryland’s School Counselor of the Year. This year’s recipient is Cathy Kazio from Crestwood Middle School. This is not the first year that an FCPS counselor has earned this recognition; Dr. Laura Jones was feted at The White House along with other 2016 state winners nationwide.

The 2018 award recognizes Ms. Kazio for creating and implementing an exemplary comprehensive school counseling program at her school. There were 38 nominations for the state-level recognition this  year. Those nominating Ms. Kazio attribute many successes at Crestwood Middle to her can-do attitude.

“She uses data to inform her practice, she advocates for the needs of all students, she continuously and proactively works to improve equity in her school.” These were some of the reasons the Maryland School Counselor Association cited in choosing Ms. Kazio as this year’s School Counselor of the Year.

Following a semester in the United Kingdom as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher, Ms. Kazio wrote a successful grant proposal, yielding her school $30,000 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. It helps students in a small-group setting to learn and grow in preparation for college and career readiness. The funding helps students visit local colleges, businesses and the FCPS Career and Technology Center and create portfolios documenting their experiences.

As a department chairperson, Ms. Kazio is an educational leader who supports her entire staff. She also serves as the treasurer for her local counselor association.

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