Two FCPS Employees Honored by State, Regional Associations
Two Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) employees have been recognized by professional associations for excellence during the 2017-18 school year.
Erin Hurley, school counselor at Cherry Run Elementary School, was named 2018 Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Virginia School Counselor Association. Parents and colleagues cite her dedication to teaching students coping skills, nurturing them emotionally, and reminding them that there is support for the way they are feeling. Hurley is also praised for her efforts to integrate yoga throughout the school, providing focus and an opportunity to infuse breathing exercises and physical movement at stations around the school for both students and teachers, which has helped students with behavior and focus and provided a platform for transitions or to energize them.
She has led a mindful math group, where participating students improved their Virginia Standards of Learning scores by 68 percent, and has infused mindfulness lessons throughout the school, resulting in a reduction of the number of students with testing anxiety. Hurley also organizes an annual Career Day that provides a look at a variety of careers for students in grades 4-6, who learn about the 16 career clusters and take a survey to determine their preferences and interests before hearing from professionals. Parent Alyssa Adeyemi says of her Hurley’s influence, that her children “… are always talking about ‘filling their buckets’ with kindness—a simple, yet meaningful concept that has stuck with both of my children since kindergarten and made its way into many situations in and out of school.”
Hurley was recognized for supporting the national standards for school counseling within the school division as well as advocating for the school counseling profession throughout the community. She will be honored at the VSCA annual conference on October 19 in Hampton.
Judy Edwards, career center specialist at Lake Braddock Secondary School, was named one of the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling’s 2018 Counselors of the Year. She received her award at the organization’s conference in April.
Nominator Iris Malave Compher, college and career specialist at Chantilly High, says Edwards has made a difference for many students, helping coordinate a district-wide college fair and actively seeking local and district-wide scholarship opportunities. She helps her colleagues keep updated on college admissions trends and sends weekly updates to Lake Braddock students and their families while promoting equity and access for all.
“Judy is highly respected by her peers as a leader, innovator, and more, as a tireless advocate…” says nominator Robin Lady, director of student services at Chantilly High. “Judy creates a welcoming environment for all students at Lake Braddock Secondary and for her colleagues.”
Criteria for consideration include areas of expertise, impact on constituents in the admission process, advocacy for students and colleagues, commitment to equity and access for all, thoroughness in daily work, and innovation in the industry.
For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.