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 Etowah Innovation Zone 2019 Counselor of the Year Danielle Mabeus of Bascomb Elementary School!
When she joined Bascomb Elementary School three years ago, school counselor Danielle Mabeus was surprised by the number of students who confided in her that they felt they didn’t belong.
“I knew,” she said, “that this was an area that needed to be addressed as soon as possible so our students were not impacted in a negative way.”
Ms. Mabeus shared her concerns with administrators, and together they launched the #WeAllBelong project, which included the development of a Peer Leaders club. Fourth- and fifth-graders identified as role models for kindness and befriending others were tapped to join, as were students needing a sense of belonging.
The campaign also has encompassed numerous schoolwide projects, such as Compliment Hearts created by students to praise a specific classmate; the Garden of Gratitude to thank specific teachers; and the #WhatLiftsYou hallway art display to showcase what motivates and inspires every student in the school.
Her efforts focused on this important issue, coupled with her everyday exceptional work as a school counselor, earned her the Etowah Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year honor.
One student, who struggles with behavior challenges, praised Ms. Mabeus for the positive impact she’s had on her life: “She has made me feel better about myself. I’ve learned how to interact and how to be a good friend. Things are going way better this year because of Ms. Mabeus’s help.”
In her own words: “The greatest honor for me will always be being able to serve and advocate for my students every day.”
Special thanks to our Counselor of the Year program sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam