VSCA Wants to Recognize You for Your Good Work!

 Ashley      Harper Loudon   The Virginia Middle School Association (VMSA) has selected Ashley Harper and Kimberly Crandall as the co-recipients of the 2014 Master in the Middle Educator of the Year Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize educators who serve in roles other than classroom teachers, who have demonstrated a devotion to working with young adolescents and have demonstrated a commitment to best middle-level practices. Harper’s principal, Neil Slevin, described her as an innovative leader with a passionate commitment to student mental health and achievement. “Mrs. Harper can best be described as a fearless advocate,” wrote one colleague. “This passion has led to a variety of programs that support student achievement and emotional health.” She was instrumental in establishing the 20X Club, a parent-driven organization that encourages minority students to pursue rigorous course work and college planning, as well as programs such as Lion’s Leap, Early Back and Day at Work. 
 Leatha  Baker  Sussex   Mrs. Leatha Baker (Middle School Counselor) has completed all 7th grade Academic and Career Plans (ACPs). After students completed their plans and returned it with a parent's signature, they received an "I AM THE ONE" bag and t-shirt. All 8th graders have an ACP as well. Congratulations Mrs. Baker!
 Sara  Donaldson  Hanover   Sara was awarded a $1000 grant to study Impact Therapy at West Virginia University. She was able to bring back many new techniques to use with her students and share out with her colleagues.
 Deborah  Anderson  Hanover   Deborah started a Character Counts program in her counseling program, which was then adopted as a school wide program. Character Counts is now an integral part of the school culture including teachers, students and parents. Deborah and her principal recently presented their program to Delta Kappa Gamma for professional educators. 
 Renee  Zando  Henrico    Renee received a Golden Apple Award from Hermitage High School.
 Liz Parker
 Henrico    Liz Parker has been named one of the ASCA's 5 finalists for School Counselor of the Year! Liz will be honored at the White House on January 30th and at a gala at Union Station that evening! VSCA is so proud of you Liz!
 Liz Beatley
 Hanover    Liz was named one of ASCA's School Counselor of the Year Semi-Finalists and was honored with a ceremony at the White House followed by a gala at Union Station. Thanks for representing Virginia, Liz!