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Meet a CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year: Katherine McNamara of Avery ES!

Posted On: Friday, May 17, 2019

Kathy McNamara

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 Creekview Innovation Zone 2019 Counselor of the Year Katherine McNamara of Avery Elementary School!

Katherine McNamara of Avery Elementary School is known as a school counselor who excels at it all: from classroom presentations to mentoring, from organizing schoolwide programs to counseling.

She shines the brightest, according to colleagues who named her the Creekview Innovation Zone’s Counselor of the Year, when counseling students in need and, as her Principal puts it, “bringing out their best skills sets” by “encouraging, motivating and striving through each situation to reach a successful outcome.”

“When I go to talk to her, she is very confident in me, and when I am finished talking to her, I feel much more confident in myself,” one student said.

Ms. McNamara, who is in her sixth year as a school counselor after working as a classroom teacher, said teaching shaped her view that developing a positive relationship with a student makes all the difference in not only their emotional well-being, but also their academic success.

This is why she developed a Staff Mentor Program last school year to -- at the student’s or parents’ request -- pair a student up with a specific staff member to be another caring adult in his or her life.  It’s why she runs a Lunch Bunch to help students develop social skills and friendships.  And it’s why she devotes countless hours to projects like the Frosty’s Friends holiday charitable drive, Great Kindness Challenge, and Cubs Care Meal weekend food backpack program.

In her own words: “There are days when it can be emotional to see the struggles of so many of our students.  However, to know I can play a small part in helping them through these struggles is what makes this job so rewarding.”

Special thanks to our Counselor of the Year program sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

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