Helena Elementary counseling program recognized with state award

FROM STAFF REPORTS

HELENA – The Helena Elementary School Counseling Program has earned the designation of 2019 Alabama School Counseling Program of Distinction from the Alabama School Counselor Association in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Education.

“On behalf of everyone involved in this process, we are so proud to recognize Shelly Mitchell and Shelly Johnson for their excellence in school counseling,” wrote Cindy Davis, ALSCA Program of Distinction Liasion, in an email to Helena Elementary School Principal Jeff Norris and Shelby County Schools Superintendent Lewis Brooks.

The HES counseling program received the recognition after providing evidence of a school counseling program that aligns with the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Model for Alabama Public Schools and the American School Counseling Association National Model. This distinction qualifies the program for the American School Counselor Association RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program).

“Shelly Mitchell and Shelly Johnson (the ‘Shellys’) are such a vital part of our school community. They provide valuable assistance to parents, students and faculty,” Norris said. “This award is a testament to their dedication to Helena Elementary School and the services they provide.”

The Helena Elementary School Counseling Program was honored at the 2019 Alabama School Counselor Association Awards Luncheon on Nov. 21 in Montgomery.