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School Counselor of the Year

Annually, the Virginia School Counselor Association recognizes the outstanding and exemplary work of school counselors, counselor educators, and the administrators, and division-level directors that support the school counseling profession. At the annual conference, awards will be given to those nominees who best exhibit the implementation of the ASCA National Model and show evidence of a comprehensive school counseling program.

Nominations for the 2021 VSCA School Counselor of the Year and

Leadership Award are now OPEN!

VSCA Professional Recognition Awards Guide

School Counselor of the Year Nomination Form

Deadline for SCOY Nominations - February 19, 2021


Leadership Award Nomination Form

Deadline for Leadership Award Nominations - March 19, 2021


For questions regarding VSCA Professional Recognitions, please contact Kristina Wallace at ktwallace83@gmail.com or Rebecca Ginnetti at chalmersrebecca65@gmail.com.


2020 Elementary School Counselor of the Year


Lila Hiltz

Donahoe Elementary School

  Henrico County Public Schools



2020 Secondary School Counselor of the Year


 Kathleen Otal

McLean High School

Fairfax County Public Schools




2020 Leadership Award

Karla Allen

Coordinator of Counseling Services

Hanover County Public Schools





Previous Winners

  • 2019
      • Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Sarah Bazemore
      • Secondary School Counselor of the Year: Karen Cole
      • Leadership Award: Dr. Deborah Ransom
  • 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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