The Maryland School Counselor Association has selected Kristin Cavey from Winters Mill High School as High School Counselor of the Year and Cathlin McCormick from East Middle School as Middle School Counselor of the Year.
Both Cavey and McCormick have been instrumental in implementing the Sources of Strength program at their schools. This best practice youth suicide prevention program is designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. The program reaches out to students to let them know that they have friends and resources to turn to in times of need.
Through her work as the Department Chair of the school counseling program at Winters Mill High School, Cavey promotes equity and access to opportunities for all students in the school. She is vital to the Winters Mill community on a variety of levels.
McCormick, also a Department Chair, goes above and beyond by helping students in the East Middle school community, allowing them to know their self-worth and their ability and to become self-confident young adults. The students are always her first priority.
Professional school counselors from across the state were nominated for the awards for their school counseling innovations and exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs. The nominees were evaluated by an esteemed panel that represented Maryland parents, school administrators, assistant superintendents, school counselors, and teachers. The selections were based on several criteria, which included leadership and advocacy initiatives and contributions to student outcomes.
Cavey and McCormick will receive their awards at the Maryland School Counselor Association’s National School Counseling Week gala on Friday, February 7, 2020, in Annapolis.
Pictured: Kristin Cavey (top) and Cathlin McCormick (bottom) with students.