Our school counselors are extraordinary, which is why we’re sharing the stories of our Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year… please help us celebrate 2019 Cherokee Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year: Heather Chesnut of Clayton Elementary School!
As a child, Heather Chesnut always wanted to grow up to be a helper.
As a college student, she first thought that path was in a legal role helping crime victims, but counseling young people kept calling to her.
After serving as a counselor for families at a military base and to children in a group home, Ms. Chesnut found her true home as a helper: as a school counselor.
“Almost six years into this journey,” the Clayton ES school counselor said, “I still cannot believe how lucky I am to get to do what I do!”
Her colleagues, students and their families believe they are the lucky ones, and named her the Cherokee Innovation Zone’s Counselor of the Year in recognition of her dedication to serving and advocating for the “whole child.”
“She continuously strives to make a difference in my child’s life,” a parent shared. “She has never failed to ensure my child is able to function at her potential with stability and confidence.”
Ms. Chesnut said she sees her role as helping the whole child, with support ranging from one-on-one counseling to referrals for the assistance of a social worker to organizing the school’s backpack food program and Angel Tree holiday assistance drive.
In her own words: “If they are given the tools to manage their emotions, build their resiliency and engage with others, our children will be better prepared to navigate through life. I strive to create a safe and encouraging environment in which students will thrive, grow, learn, engage and connect, therefore producing a well-rounded and productive person.”
Special thanks to our Counselor of the Year program sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam