Troy Hills Guidance Counselor is a semi-finalist in School Counselor of the Year

Ann-Marie Carey, Troy Hills Elementary School Guidance Counselor

PARSIPPANY — Ann-Marie Carey, Troy Hills Elementary School Guidance Counselor, has been named as one of the semi-finalists in the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) 2015 School Counselor of the Year Program.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) will honor its 2015 School Counselor of the Year, four finalists and 40 semifinalists at a White House ceremony and black-tie gala in Washington, D.C., on January 30, 2015. Cory Notestine of Alamosa High School in Alamosa, Colo., received the ASCA award, which honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates – and often lifesavers – for the nation’s students. The honorees will be recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama in a White House ceremony on Jan. 30, followed by a black-tie gala that evening further recognizing the honorees’ achievements and vital work with our nation’s students.

Nominations for the School Counselor of the Year awards program were submitted by the state school counselor associations. The School Counselor of the Year awards panel was composed of representatives from AASA: The School Superintendents Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and school counselors. The panel selected the finalists based on several criteria, including: school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills and contributions to student advancement. “School counselors make significant contributions to the overall well‐being of students and their success,” said Richard Wong, Ed.D., executive director, American School Counselor Association. “They have unique qualifications and skills that allow them to address students’ academic achievement, social/emotional and career development needs.”

The finalists, their principals and a representative from their state school counselor associations will be flown to Washington, D.C., for three days of celebratory events. In addition to the White House ceremony and the ASCA gala, the honorees will have meetings with their members of Congress and attend a congressional briefing during their stay.

About the American School Counselor Association The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) professional organization based in Alexandria, Va. ASCA promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of professional school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. ASCA helps school counselors guide their students toward academic achievement, career planning and personal/social development to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society. Founded in 1952, ASCA currently has a network of 50 state associations and a membership of approximately 30,000 school counseling professionals. For additional information on the American School Counselor Association, visit