Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
Social and emotional development of students, leading schoolwide programs, course scheduling, career and college planning. These are just a few of the responsibilities our professional school counselors take on each day. Four of our incredible school counselors were recently honored with awards from the Prince William Regional Counselors Association (PWRCA).
Amy Cunningham – T. Clay Wood Elementary
School Counselor of the Year
Amy Cunningham has served as school counselor at T. Clay Wood Elementary since the school opened in 2011. T. Clay Wood has the largest enrollment of any elementary school in Prince William County, and Principal Andrew Buchheit credits Cunningham for working tirelessly to help all students “without missing a beat.”
Cunningham worked with classes of students identified as having emotional disabilities teaching them Yoga and increasing their resilience through rhythm with the school’s new DRUMBEAT program. She meets with students individually, in small groups and gives whole class lessons even appearing on the school’s morning announcements. She also helped lead T. Clay Wood to its recognition as an ASCA Model RAMP school.
“In many ways, Mrs. Cunningham is the heart of our school,” Buchheit wrote in nominating Cunningham. ” We rely on her expertise and guidance on many school issues and concerns, and she helps establish and maintain a positive, respectful and motivating learning community at T. Clay Wood.”
Margaret Clover, Kelly Kaczmarczyk, Erin Piette – The Nokesville School
Counseling Team of the Year
The Nokesville School is unique as one of three schools in Prince William County serving students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The social and emotional needs of middle school students differ dramatically from the needs of K-5 students, and the counseling team of Margaret Clover, Kelly Kaczmarczyk, and Erin Piette work together to provide overarching programs that support all learners.
In nominating the trio for Counseling Team of the Year, The Nokesville School Principal Eric Worcester and Administrative Intern Barbara DuPree cited the three counselors’ delivery of classroom lessons, their roles as liaisons and crisis team members, and their support and tiered-interventions for students.
“On any given day, the number of different issues that might arise require a nuanced complexity of skill sets that thankfully are found in our all-star counseling team,” said Worcester.
Cunningham, Clover, Kaczmarczyk, and Piette were recognized by the PWRCA at a ceremony on Thursday, May 9.