Thursday, June 06, 2013

PWC Schools: Focus on Continuous Improvement Garners Counseling Awards

Robin Vaneman, school counselor at Bristow Run Elementary School, and Karre Jones, school counselor at New Directions Alternative Education Center, honored for exemplary service.

June 5, 2013
Robin Vaneman (center) was named PWRCA Counselor of the YearRobin Vaneman, school counselor at Bristow Run Elementary School, has been named Counselor of the Year and Karre Jones, school counselor at New Directions Alternative Education Center, has been selected as the Humanitarian and Caring Counselor of the Year by the Prince William Regional Counselors Association.

Vaneman is known for being a counselor who continues to raise the bar for excellence in school counseling programs in Prince William County Public Schools, the state, and the nation. Bristow Run Elementary School's counseling program is one of only two programs that have been designated as model counseling programs, or Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP), at the national level three times. Her nominators say this is a direct result of Vaneman’s dedication to continuous improvement.

“Colleagues say she has an uncanny ability to make connections with everyone she meets and that she has the tools and strategies to meet the many and varied challenges that arise every day in an elementary school,” said Deborah Ransom, PWCS supervisor of Elementary Karre Jones (center) named PWRCA Caring Counselor of the Year. Counseling and Related Programs.
“The Counselor of the Year award is well deserved and we are fortunate to have Ms. Vaneman," said Kim Werle, principal for Bristow Run Elementary School, at the recent awards ceremony. Werle also shared accolades about Vaneman from the school’s staff, students, and parents and thanked her for making a difference in the lives of students and their families.
During the last eight years, Karre Jones has helped implement a proactive and holistic approach to education services at New Directions Alternative Education Center.
“Ms. Jones shows deep compassion and caring for all the students who walk through the doors of New Directions Alternative Education Center,” said Principal Robert Eichorn. “She has helped to create a World-Class school counseling program that meets the unique needs of her students.”
Jones’ colleagues, teachers Cynthia Williams and Spring Bryer, said "Ms. Jones' dedicated drive pushes each of the students at New Directions to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for life-long learning, and her commitment to our students allows each of them to enhance their strategies for achieving future career goals."

"The program at New Directions is one of two comprehensive school counseling programs administered in an alternative education setting to receive the RAMP award,” indicated Rebekah Schlatter, supervisor of Secondary Counseling and Student Support Services.
The RAMP model counseling program, or Recognized ASCA Model Program, was established in 2003 by the American School Counselor Association to endorse exemplary school counseling programs.  RAMP provides the national model against which professional school counselors can evaluate their school counseling program and demonstrate how students are different because of the work they do.
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