Sarah Gallagher from Shiloh Middle School and Sherry Scott from Northwest Middle School have been recognized as semifinalists for the Maryland School Counselor of the Year Award presented by the Maryland School Counselor Association.
Professional school counselors from across the state were nominated for their school counseling innovations and exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs. The nominees were evaluated by esteemed evaluators representing Maryland parents, school administrators, school system superintendents, school counselors, and teachers.
Sarah Gallagher has been a school counselor at Shiloh Middle School for the past seven years. Prior to becoming a counselor, she was an eighth grade social studies teacher at Sykesville Middle School. She has been involved with National History Day and was awarded as the 2013 Maryland History Day Teacher of the Year for Carroll County.
Currently, Gallagher is credited with bringing MindUP curriculum materials to the sixth grade and is the co-founder and co-advisor of the Shiloh Yoga Club. She serves on a variety of school committees and is the School Improvement Team chairperson. Most recently, she is an adult advisor in the Sources of Strength program.
Gallagher continues to provide excellent counseling services to the Shiloh Middle School community. She takes pride in seeing the students’ personal growth in the areas of academic, social/emotional, and career development in their three years as middle school students.
Sherry Scott has been a school counselor at Northwest Middle School for the past four years. She previously worked with CCPS to assist with specific at-risk students. She is a natural leader and has made significant contributions to the counseling program both at Northwest and in the county at large.
Scott has assisted and contributed to county professional development on the topic of “trauma informed” practices. She is creative in her program development and delivery.
According to Scott, “There is nothing like advocating for the betterment of our society through the education of our youth. The work I do today supports the future of our ever-changing and diverse community.”
Scott can be credited with going the “extra mile” to help student and their families.
The Maryland School Counselor Association is a professional association that provides opportunities for professional development, networking, and advocacy for the state’s public and private school counselors, as well as school counseling graduate students and counselor educators. School counselors plan and implement a needs-oriented, data-driven comprehensive program using foundation, management, delivery, and accountability components that support all students’ academic, career, and social-emotional development.