Awards

This year MCPCA will award professionals who have exemplified excellence in the field of counseling and education. Guidelines for nominations will be available shortly.

Applications will be available December 1, 2018 to paid members only. MCPCA will accept nominations for the following awards:

Counselor of the County

Human Rights Advocate

Administrator of the County

Save the Date: TBD

MCPCA is proud to announce the following award recipients for 2017-2018:

Counselor of the County: Cherie Smith

Cherie is a counselor at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. As stated in her nomination letters, Cherie consistently demonstrates professionalism, a willingness to learn and an enthusiasm for working with students. She demonstrates her caring and accepting nature to students and staff alike and gains almost immediate confidence and trust from students, teachers and parents. Cherie represents WWP-S at the monthly traumatic loss coalition meetings, and serves in several capacities with MCPCA.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Melanie Seaman

Melanie has been awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her years of work and accomplishments as a school counselor at Slackwood Elementary School. She has served as president of the New Jersey School Counselors Association, been a member of the American School Counselors Association and received the “Human Rights Advocate Award” Mrs. Seaman will be ending her 24 year career as a school counselor in June 2018.

Humanitarian Award

This award recognizes the counselor who performs service above what is expected of a school counselor.  This counselor demonstrates community involvement and/or outreach within the employing district, and extends himself or herself outside of the school day to students, staff, or parents.

Criteria for selection:

Each letter must describe the candidate’s professionalism and provide a description of concrete contributions made to the students, staff, parents and/or school community.

The nominee must:

  • be a  school counselor in Mercer County,
  • be a member of MCPCA for at least 2 years, and
  • have worked as a school counselor for at least 3 years.

Counselor of the County Award

This award recognizes significant achievement and/or effort within the profession of school counseling in Mercer County. The winner of this award will also be honored by the New Jersey School Counselor Association.

Criteria for selection:

Each letter must describe the candidate’s professionalism and provide a description of concrete contributions made to the field of school counseling. Activities over and above the role of school counselor should be described.

The nominee must:

  • be a school counselor in Mercer County,
  • be a member of MCPCA for at least 2 years, and
  • have worked as a school counselor for at least 3 years.

County Administrator Award

This award recognizes significant contributions made by a school administrator in support of school counseling programs and supports the role of the school counselor. The winner of this award must be someone who promotes innovative programs and encourages school-wide counseling activities.

Criteria for selection:

Each letter must describe the candidate’s professionalism and provide a description of concrete contributions made to the students, staff, parents and/or school community.

The nominee must:

  • The nominee must be an administrator in a Mercer County school district.
  • Each letter must describe in detail the nature of the contributions made to a school counseling program.
  • The nominator must be a member of MCPCA.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes a school counselor who has devoted his/her life to school counseling and who has exhibited extraordinary service to students, schools, staff, and community.

The nominee must:

  • The nominee must be a Mercer County school counselor who is about to retire or has recently retired.
  • Each letter must provide a description of specific examples of how the nominee exhibited extraordinary dedication and service during his or her years as a school counselor.
  • The nominee must be a member of MCPCA.

Merit Award

This award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions to the Mercer County Professional Counselors Association.  This award is typically not given to school counselors, but to support personnel.  However, school counselors may be considered for the award.

Criteria for selection:

Each letter must describe, in detail, the nature and magnitude of service the nominee has made on behalf of – or for – MCPCA.  (Note:  the nominee need not necessarily be a member of MCPCA or even a school counselor.)

The nominee must:

  • The nominator must be a member of MCPCA.

Past Recipients of Professional Awards:

1990

Corine Radice, Counselor of the County (Past President)

Marie Galloni, Merit Award

 

1991

Kathy Jensen, Lawrence High School, Counselor of the County (Past President)

 

1992

Karyn Bell, Hamilton, Counselor of the County

George Renwick, Administrator of the County

Mildred Russell, Merit Award

 

1995

Susan Christian, Rider University, Administrator of the County

 

1998

Elisa Adams, Parkway ES (Ewing), Counselor of the County

Dr. Pat Wendell, Slackwood ES (Lawrence), Administrator of the County

Tina Salmastrelli, Supervisor, Lawrence High School, Merit Award

Shirley Satterfield, Princeton HS, Human Rights Advocate (honored in ’99)

 

1999

Celeste Blose, Steinert HS (Hamilton), Counselor of the County

Andre Modica, Steinert HS (Hamilton), Administrator of the County

Dr. Valerie Bojarski, Wilson ES (Hamilton), Human Rights Advocate

 

2000

Zelma Holmes, Ewing HS, Counselor of the County

John Heater, Lore ES (Ewing), Administrator of the County

Linda Powner, Sayen ES (Hamilton), Human Rights Advocate

 

2001

Camille Ettinger, Nottingham HS (Hamilton), Counselor of the County

John Machulsky, Lawrence HS, Administrator of the County

Gail Bruno, West Windsor-Plainsboro, Human Rights Advocate

 

2002

Patti Coplin, Hamilton HS North, Counselor of the County

Fay Rappaport, Hopewell Valley Central HS, Administrator of the County

Marossa Davis, Fisher MS (Ewing), Human Rights Advocate

 

2003

Mary Reynolds, Lore Elementary (Ewing), Counselor of the County

Doreen Welsh, Lawrence HS, Human Rights Advocate

Ed Ott, Hamilton, Administrator of the County

 

2004

Randy Morrison, Trenton Central HS, Counselor of the County

John Bach – Hopewell Valley Central HS, Administrator of the County

Donna Steinmetz, Antheil ES (Ewing), Humanitarian Award

Barbara Warwick, Hamilton High West, Lifetime Achievement Award

 

2005

Robert “Bob” Gunoskey, Hamilton HS North, Counselor of the County

Michael Gilbert, Hamilton HS East, Administrator of the County

Fred Dearden, WW-P HS North, Humanitarian Award

Marianne Kollar, Rider University Assoc. Director of Admissions, Merit Award

Liza Miller, WW-P Community MS, Lifetime Achievement Award

 

2006

Lynn Orlowski, Mercer Co. Voc. School/Assunpink, Counselor of the County

Joan Zuckerman, Antheil ES (Ewing), Administrator of the County

Linda D’Orlando, West Windsor-Plainsboro, Humanitarian Award

Mark McGrath, Lawrence HS, Merit Award

Dr. Jon Cosse, WW-P Retired Asst. Superintendent, Lifetime Achievement

 

2007

Melanie Seaman, Slackwood ES (Lawrence), Counselor of the County

Judith McLaughlin, Lawrence ES Principal, Administrator of the County

Lisa O’Neill, Hamilton HS East, Merit Award

 

2008

Doreen Welsh, Lawrence HS (Lawrenceville), Counselor of the County

Steve Simek, Vice Principal of Steinert HS, Administrator of the County

Jon Schwartz, Hamilton HS North, Humanitarian Award

 

2009

Tricia Burns, Eldridge Park ES (Lawrence), Counselor of the County

Nancy Icenhower, WW-P Director of Guidance, Administrator of the County

John Schwartz, Hamilton HS North, Humanitarian Award

 

2010

John Cronin, John Witherspoon MS (Princeton), Counselor of the County

Michael Giambelluca, Vice Principal of Hamilton HS North, Administrator of the County

Betty Blackwell, Cadwalader ES, Trenton, Lifetime Achievement

 

2011

Mark McGrath, Lawrence HS (Lawrenceville), Counselor of the County

Katherine Taylor, V. Principal at Hamilton HS West, Administrator of the County

Evelyn Counts, John Witherspoon MS (Princeton), Humanitarian

Lynne Harkness, Asst. Principal, J. Witherspoon MS, Humanitarian

Leslie Fisher, WW-P HS South, Lifetime Achievement

 

2012

Patti Esser, Lawrence MS (Lawrenceville), Counselor of the County

Nate Webber, Nottingham HS (Hamilton), Administrator of the County

 

2013

No awards

 

2014

Marci Singer, Pond Road MS (Robbinsville), Counselor of the County

Frank Ragazzo, Nottingham HS VP (Hamilton), Administrator of the County

Ramona Chell, Nottingham HS (Hamilton), Humanitarian Award

Connie Stanger, Lawrence HS (Guidance Secretary), Merit Award

Donna Steinmetz, Antheil ES (Ewing), Lifetime Achievement Award

 

2018

Cherie Smith, West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South, Counselor of the County

Melanie Seaman, Slackwood ES (Lawrence), Lifetime Achievement Award