FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 18, 2019
‘Phenomenal’ high school educator
honored as School Counselor of the Year
BEAUFORT – May River High School Lead Counselor Carrie Carter is the Beaufort County School District’s 2019 School Counselor of the Year.
In addition to honoring Carter, the district also recognized Bluffton Middle School’s Gina Jacobs as Middle School Counselor of the Year and Coosa Elementary School’s Nicole Bossak as Elementary School Counselor of the Year.
“Effective school counselors are a critically important component in any successful school,” said Interim Superintendent Herb Berg. “They work closely with students to move them forward academically and socially, and they also work with parents to keep them informed about their children’s progress.”
Carter said she was “surprised, appreciative and thankful for my team that was here to support me.”
“I love seeing kids come back five or 10 years later – once they’ve gone off and joined the military or gone to school – and see them be successful in life,” Carter said.
A 11-year counseling veteran and a National Board-Certified school counselor, Carter worked as a counselor for six years at North Carolina schools and at Beaufort High for two years before leading the staff at May River when it opened in 2016.
May River High Principal Todd Bornscheuer said that after he was selected to be the school’s first principal, Carter was the first person he hired.
“There’s not a doubt in my mind that her extraordinary work in setting up our school counseling program from scratch has played a major role in our success,” Bornscheuer said. “As much as any person in this building, she deserves a great deal of credit for our 97 percent on-time graduation rate.”
A colleague at May River High praised Carter as “phenomenal, caring, professional, knowledgeable, confident and an extremely positive influence on students, parents and everyone on staff at May River High.”
The colleague said Carter helps students not only with their academic work in school, but also outside school – everything from helping them get jobs to helping their families get assistance for housing and food.
A parent said, “She is a gem to be treasured in our school district. This woman always shares a smile and a listening ear for student, coworkers and parents alike. She always has exemplified professionalism and strong moral character.”
Carter’s work in creating May River High’s counseling program from scratch included visits to other new schools to evaluate their best practices; creating a first-year initiative that assigned every student to an adult who was not a teacher but who the student could form a personal and supportive relationship with; and developing practical strategies to identify and assist students who were falling behind in their academic work.
Carter has two degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne College: a Bachelor’s Degree as well as a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling with School Licensure.
More than 20 local businesses and community members sponsored the awards breakfast and donated gifts for the school district’s counselors.
Director of Communications
Beaufort County School District