Lincoln Elementary School’s Heather Quill, Walkersville Middle’s Alli Rohrer and Tuscarora High’s Danielle Moore are the Frederick County School Counselor Association’s 2022 School Counselors of the Year.
School counselors have played pivotal roles helping students, parents, teachers and community agencies navigate the global health crisis and help address physical, emotional and social needs. There were 270 nominations for School Counselor of the Year.
Heather Quill is the 2022 Elementary School Counselor of the Year. She has served 30 years with FCPS, including 23 as a school counselor. While at Lincoln Elementary, Quill has trained staff on trauma-informed care and restorative practices, in addition to teaching lessons to students about emotional regulation and its connection to academic success. She has worked with various community organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, Children of Incarcerated Parents and I Believe In Me. She has helped to create a school-wide buddy program at Lincoln that pairs each class with a buddy class, allowing students to forge relationships through academic and social emotional learning opportunities.
Alli Rohrer is this year’s Middle School Counselor of the Year. She has served as a school counselor for 13 years, including nine years with FCPS. At Walkersville Middle, Rohrer implemented a daily check in/check out system (PRIDE plan) to address academic or behavioral concerns. She has also spearheaded clubs that increased student spirit and sense of community. She has served as a Master Teacher/Mentor to new hires through Maryland State Department of Education courses and values professional development to help guide the counseling program.
Danielle Moore is the 2022 High School Counselor of the Year. She has served as a school counselor in FCPS for the past 12 years. While at Tuscarora High, Moore has developed a mentor program for ninth graders and has served as the Homeless Coordinator, Free and Reduced Meals representative and Dual Enrollment Coordinator. Specifically, Moore has worked with various subgroups of students to increase their participation in dual enrollment and enrollment in AP courses. She has worked with various community programs including I Believe In Me and the Multicultural Club at Frederick Community College to promote racial and cultural empowerment.
Award winners will be recognized at an event at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant and given a plaque in recognition for their service, dedication and commitment to students within Frederick County Public Schools.