Superintendent Jeanice Swift honored AAPS school counselors during National School Counseling Week with this message to the AAPS community:
Each February, we have the opportunity to recognize our Ann Arbor Public Schools counselors and to express appreciation for the tremendous role they play in supporting our students. Counseling
School counselors are certified, experienced, professional educators with a master’s degree in school counseling. Driven by a calling and a passion for serving students and families, their commitment, professional training and experience make them an integral part of the total educational program.
For the 2022 year, the National School Counseling theme is: School Counseling: Better Together
When we practice teamwork, collaboration, and friendship, we are better together. Our school counselors provide a nexus, connecting with students every day, individually as well as in student groups; their work enhances the academic and social-emotional growth of our students in the AAPS. Counselors work in professional partnerships with teachers, staff, administrators, and community groups, serving as an integral part of a strong team to reduce barriers to learning for our students. School counselors provide the many supports necessary for students, despite their life challenges, to remain healthy and whole, to grow, and to achieve at the highest levels.
As Superintendent of Schools, on behalf of the entire AAPS team and along with the Board of Education, we express deep appreciation to all our AAPS school counselors and honor them for their commitment, professionalism, and dedication. School counselors fill a vital role in the education process as our students grow to meet the challenges of the future.