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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Three FCPS School Counseling Professionals Win State Awards From VSCA

The Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) has recognized two Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) school counselors and a school counseling administrator for the impact they have had on students, families, and the FCPS community through their work as professional school counselors.

Marcy Miller, coordinator for school counseling services and college success, has been named the 2013 Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) Supervisor of the Year.  Miller's expertise in postsecondary readiness, school counseling leadership, and ability to integrate school counseling into the instructional program were instrumental in her being selected for this honor.  She was also recognized for leading the transformation of school counseling programs in FCPS. 

Brooke Samuelson, school counselor at Irving Middle School, was named 2013 VSCA Middle School Counselor of the Year for her service, creativity, leadership, and dedication to her school community. Samuelson serves as the collaborative team leader for the school counseling team at Irving and is leading the Irving counseling program toward achieving the designation of a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP), an endorsement of the American School Counselor Association. She is also the college partnership program advocate, peer mediation program coordinator, and school test coordinator, and participates on both the school improvement plan team and the school crisis team. Her extensive involvement in the Irving community, and her initiative in implementing a school-wide anti-bullying campaign—the Mix-it-up program—speak to her commitment to student success and her dedication to excellence as a school counselor. 

Deborah Wolin, school counselor at Chantilly High School, was named 2013 VSCA High Secondary School Counselor of the Year for her service, leadership, and dedication to the Chantilly community and surrounding pyramid schools.  Wolin is the collaborative team leader for the school counseling team at Chantilly, and has led team members in an effort to use data and smart (specific, measurable, attainable, results oriented, timebound) goals to drive programmatic decisions and sustain their RAMP designation. Wolin is also the co-leader of the Charger personal leadership development program, team member of the ASSIST Suicide Prevention Grant Response team, and a founding member of the school’s resource intervention support committee. She is a leader in her pyramid, encouraging K-12 counselors to collaborate around college and career readiness, which has led to a pyramid wide College Day.

The winners will be recognized at the VSCA conference in Newport News on Friday, March 15.

Note: For more information, contact Jen Ferrara at 571-423-4422 or