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School Counselor of the Year

Each year, the Virginia School Counselor Association honors one Elementary School Counselor of the Year and one Secondary School Counselor of the Year.  The recipients of this honor have gone above and beyond in the school counseling role.  Each SCOY is honored at the annual VSCA Conference and will be considered for the honor of ASCA School Counselor of the Year.  


Elementary School Counselor of the Year

Sarah Bazemore 

Swift Creek Elementary School

Chesterfield County Public Schools



Secondary School Counselor of the Year


 Karen Cole

Lee-Davis High School

Hanover County Public Schools



Previous Winners

  • 2018
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Erin Hurley
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Martha Turner
  • 2017
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Paige Abasolo
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Jenny Hubler
      • Principal of the Year: Lisa Thompson
      • Principal of the Year: Kume Goranson
  • 2016
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year:  Jacqueline Slemaker
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Jessica Vogt
      • Principal of the Year: Deia Champ
      • Principal of the Year: Dr. Gregory Ecoyd
  • 2015
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Mary Beth McCormac
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Tess Short
      • Principal of the Year: Andy Armstrong
      • Principal of the Year: Vera Glass
  • 2014
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Liz Parker
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Awanta Miles
      • Counselor Supervisor of the Year: Bryan Carr
  • 2013
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Elizabeth Beatley
      • Middle School Counselor of the Year: Brooke Samuelson
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Deborah Wolin
      • Counselor Supervisor of the Year: Marcy Miller
      • Counselor Educator of the Year: Michelle Garofalo
  • 2012
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Lisa Lee
      • Middle School Counselor of the Year: Bianca Aiello
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Melody Cariello
      • Counselor Supervisor of the Year: Michelle Dowdy
      • Counselor Educator of the Year: Tim Grothaus
  • 2011
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Connie Honsinger
      • Middle School Counselor of the Year: Peg Dale
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Marianna Chestnutt
      • Counselor Supervisor of the Year: Virginia Folston
      • Counselor Educator of the Year: Jeanne Booth
      • Spirit Award: Linda Grubba & Vanessa Whitaker
  • 2010
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Jenny Jacobs
      • Middle School Counselor of the Year: Terry Mullinnix
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Emily Hall
      • Counselor Supervisor of the Year: Kim Chandler
      • Counselor Educator of the Year: J. Edson McKee
      • Spirit Award: Joyce Beamon, Julie Chamberlin & Judy Ladd
  • 2009
      • Middle School Counselor of the Year: Anne Stuart Henry
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Emma J. Vinson-Brown
      • Counselor Supervisor of the Year: Ellissia D. Price
      • Spirit Award: Sandy Hite,Carol Kaffenberger & Pat Lynn
  • 2008
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Angela Ray Smith
      • Middle School Counselor of the Year: Jennifer L. Walker
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Valerie T. Keating
      • Counselor Supervisor of the Year: Regina Brown & Susan B. Sheffield
      • Counselor Educator of the Year: Sally Murphy
      • Spirit Award: Manny Bartolotta, Etta Jane Hall & Mary Landis
  • 2007
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Drew Flenard
      • Middle School Counselor of the Year: Bernadette Nolan
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Damon Peterson
      • Counselor Supervisor of the Year: Elaine Almarode
      • Award of Inspiration: Mary Pat McCartney

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