Cobb MS Counselor Named Finalist for “Counselor of the Year”

Counselor Received National Recognition For Her Work at Palmer MS.

Barbara Truluck, a school counselor at Palmer Middle School in Kennesaw, recently learned that she is a Top 5 finalist for the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) “2021 Counselor of the Year” award.

The award honors exemplary school counseling professionals who devote their careers to serving their students, helping them achieve success in school and life.

Ms. Truluck was the only nominee from Georgia. The other four nominees hail from Missouri, North Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin. “This is a huge deal in the world of school counseling,” said Cobb Schools’ Supervisor of Counseling, Dr. Melisa Marsh. “Ms. Truluck models the mission and values of the school counseling profession. She is an example to her colleagues in Cobb, Georgia, and nationally.”

Ms. Truluck was grateful for the recognition. “I am excited and truly honored to be a finalist,” she said.

“It is a privilege to serve our wonderful Palmer community and help make a difference in the lives of children,” she continued. “I am fortunate to work for the Cobb County School District because of the support given to all school counselors. I am proud to represent my community, district, and state at the national level.

The ASCA will announce the winner in the late Fall. All five finalists will be celebrated at National School Counseling Week in February of 2021, during a virtual event.

“Each year, this School Counselor of the Year program shows us what the research tells us – that school counselors have a significant impact on students’ academic achievement, social/emotional development, and plans for life after graduation,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “Through their dedication, contributions, and excellence, these finalists have demonstrated their commitment to the values and mission of the school counseling profession.”

Congratulations to Ms. Truluck and all her students and co-workers at Palmer Middle School. Good luck in the Finals!


Alexandra Huguelet, School Counseling Consultant
School Counseling

Contributing Author: CCSD Office of Communications

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