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NCSS announces 2010 counselor and advocate award winners

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews congratulates Dr. Tina Daniel-Reasey, NCSS Counselor of the Year and Jeff Meadors, NCSS Advocate of the Year.

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews congratulates Dr. Tina Daniel-Reasey, NCSS Counselor of the Year and Jeff Meadors, NCSS Advocate of the Year.

The Newton County School System recently announced that Dr. Tina Daniel-Reasey and Jeff Meadors have been named the district's 2010 School Counselor and 2010 Advocate of the Year, respectively. The awards are a first for Newton County Schools.

"Our counseling staff is an integral part of preparing our students to be successful during their academic careers as well as assist with life behind high school," said Samantha Fuhrey, NCSS Director of Secondary Curriculum.

In order to be the NCSS Counselor of the Year, a candidate must support the career, personal, social and academic development of students. The counselor must also demonstrate leadership, advocacy, and collaboration in his or her work while promoting equity and access to opportunities for rigorous educational experiences for all students.

"I have a sincere and deep passion for working with students to help them fulfill their potential and be successful in life," said Daniel-Reasey, a counselor at Eastside High School. "Fortunately, I have worked for very supportive administrations who have allowed me to be the best counselor I could be. It is always my goal to develop a comprehensive, data driven school counseling program that is accessible for all students."

She will now represent Newton County School System in the Georgia School Counselors Association's regional Counselor of the Year program.

Nominees for the Advocate Award must provide exemplary support of counseling services, outstanding promotion of counseling and guidance services, implementation of new or additional guidance and counseling services and improvement of existing guidance and counseling services.

"It is a very humbling experience because this award is local," said Meadors, coordinator of Dual Enrollment at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus. "It comes from my local school system and community from people who know how much I care about our students and our schools."

In his role as dual enrollment coordinator, Meadors regularly hosts bimonthly meetings of high school counselors at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus. The group reviews ways to attract students to the college's dual enrollment program and helps with issues of enrollment and registration. Meadors works with high school counselors in Newton, Rockdale, Walton, Social Circle, Putnam, Henry, parts of Gwinnett, Jasper, Morgan and Butts counties.

"GPC is very proud of the great difference that Jeff is making in the lives of hundreds of high school and college students each and every year; he is a valuable asset to both our community and our college, and he is a valuable contributor to strengthening our collective futures though his dedication to young people," said Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli, president of Georgia Perimeter College. "When it comes to employees getting the job done, Jeff Meadors is a rare gem. He understands the big picture, yet always takes care of the fine details, thereby assuring student success with each young life in which he comes into contact."