The Georgia School Counselor Association recently named Palmer Middle School Counselor, Barbara Truluck, the 2019 Georgia School Counselor of the Year for her advocacy and leadership. The association also recognized three other CCSD school counselors as well as Chief School Leadership Officer, Sherri Hill.
Barbara Truluck, a school counselor at Palmer Middle School, has been named the 2019 Georgia School Counselor of the Year by the Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA). Truluck has served as a school counselor at Palmer Middle School in the Cobb County School District (CCSD) since 2015.
The Georgia School Counselor of the Year award honors professionals who devote their careers to advocating for the nation’s students and addressing their academic and social/emotional development, and college and career readiness needs. Truluck will represent Georgia on the national stage as she moves forward to the American School Counselor Association’s 2021 School Counselor of the Year awards program.
Truluck was a science teacher for 12 years before becoming a school counselor. She became a school counselor because she wants to help students achieve their dreams. In her application, Truluck adds that her own childhood struggles drive her to be a champion for all of her students. Bradley Blackman, Assistant Principal at Palmer Middle School, said “her enthusiasm and passion for her profession permeate throughout the school, as she is constantly looking for ways to support students and leave a lasting impact on their lives.”
Lauren Holland, also a school counselor at Palmer Middle School, said, “all of our stakeholders – students, families, teachers, and administration – see her as an invaluable resource and she is a constant and unwavering source of support and encouragement for all.” Holland continued, “in her solution-driven, but kind approach, Barbara can be witnessed day in and day out impacting the lives of all student both directly and indirectly.”
Truluck and two other semi-finalists were selected by a panel with representation from all areas of the state based on their ability to create systemic change within the profession, school counseling innovations, exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills, and contributions to student achievement. These school counselors also achieved increased student success through their comprehensive school counseling programs that have been designated by ASCA as recognized model programs (RAMP), although that is not a requirement for the award.
One of the other Georgia School Counselor of the Year semi-finalists is Antionette “Toni” Dickerson of Lovinggood Middle School. GSCA additionally recognized three other CCSD employees. Sherri Hill, Chief School Leadership Officer of CCSD, has been named Advocate of the Year; Ebony Payno, School Counselor at Cobb Horizon High School, has been named Writer of the Year; and Nadiya Rosen, School Counselor at Acworth Elementary School, has been named the Emerging School Counselor Leader.
All of the award winners will be honored and formally recognized at the GSCA Annual Conference in Augusta, Georgia on November 15, 2019.
Alexandra Huguelet, Consultant