Three School Counselors Honored by their Peers

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School counselors honored by their peers

Going above and beyond —our school counselors make a difference every day in the lives of students. Three of our outstanding school counselors were recently honored with awards from the Prince William Regional Counselors Association (PWRCA).

Julie Chamberlain, George G. Tyler Elementary: Career Service Award

Julie Chamberlain has served as a school counselor with Prince William County Schools since 2002, joining Tyler’s staff in 2008. She has led a career full of service to others and is the lead counselor mentor for Prince William County Schools. Chamberlain is credited with building numerous programs at Tyler that minimize bullying, heighten mindfulness and stress-relief, and provide a safe atmosphere and learning environment. She was the Prince William County Elementary Counselor of the Year in 2014, won the Virginia School Counselor Association Spirit Award in 2010, and was recognized as Virginia Middle School Counselor of the Year in 2001 and 2002.

Her students always come first. “Mrs. Chamberlain is really nice! She teaches us how to handle stress,” Giovanni, a 1st grader remarked. She also lets us play games in our groups. I really like her.”

“Perhaps most admirable is Julie’s belief in giving her all, day after day, to students, families, and staff, ” Tyler’s Principal Jennifer Perilla remarked. “I find myself most in awe of Julie when sudden heartache occurs, and she finds the right words and actions for the moment. She is truly one-of-a-kind.”

Lisa James and Lauren Orgeron, Kyle R. Wilson Elementary: Counseling Team of the Year

The dynamic duo of Lisa James and Lauren Orgeron has served as school counselors at Wilson since the school opened in 2016. James has been with the school division for seven years, the last five consecutively. This year marks Orgeron’s second year with PWCS, and she is a proud graduate from the school division.

Aside from the individual, small group and classroom-based counseling activities, the duo is credited with starting the WatchDOGS program to encourage male role model involvement in the school. They were also instrumental in creating the First Responders program, which trains current students to assist new students with the transition process into Wilson Elementary.

“This award is very special to me,” commented James. “Lauren and I came together from completely different backgrounds and are separated by 16 years in age, but it has been a perfect fit from day one. We both share the philosophy that this is really not about us, but about the students – we are each willing to do whatever it takes together, and individually to make certain our students’ needs are met.”

Principal Felicia Norwood is grateful for her award-winning team of counselors. “To the world they may be just school counselors, but to KWES staff and students they are the real heroes, said Norwood. “I thank them for what they do each and every day for our school!”

Chamberlain, James and Orgeron will be recognized by the PWRCA at a ceremony on Thursday, May 10, at 6:00 p. m. at City Tavern in Manassas.

Congratulations to our outstanding school counselors. You make us #PWCSProud.


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