School counselors honored

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools recognized its counselors of the year for 2008-09 on Thursday in a celebration of National Counseling Week.

Erin Sprinkle of Lovin Elementary was named elementary school counselor of the year.

"This is a first for me, so I'm kind of at a loss," Sprinkle said. "I kind of really just don't know what to say because I'm just so humbled by it. I don't know that I deserve the award today, but it definitely does motivate me to make sure that I deserve it tomorrow and every day after."

Creekland Middle School's Maria Grovner was honored as middle school counselor of the year and Cary Kennedy of Brookwood High School was named secondary school counselor of the year.

"It is something that I've wanted actually since I came into this field," Kennedy said of the honor. "It's something I've been working toward since I started (at Brookwood)."

GCPS also recognized its counseling advocate of the year, Richard Holland, principal of Glenn C. Jones Middle. Holland was nominated for the honor by the school's advisement and counseling team.

Cedar Hill Elementary's Yuehong "Maria" Chen Foley was recognized as counselor writer of the year for an article she co-published in the 2008 issue of the Georgia School Counselors Association Journal titled "Interpreting Children's Human Figure Drawings: Basic Guidelines for School Counselors."

All five honorees will move on to compete with other counselors of the year at the regional level.