Nottingham Elementary School counselor Dr. Mary Beth McCormac was named the Virginia 2015 Elementary School Counselor of the Year. The award honors professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for students and was presented by the Virginia School Counselor Association.
A school counselor in Arlington County since 1990, McCormac has worked tirelessly to improve the comprehensive school counseling program to meet the needs of all students. Nottingham students know they can talk to her privately about anything and that she will be an active listener. Parents/guardians seek McCormac’s advice when they have questions about the developmental needs of their children.
Administration and staff collaborate with her to help students be successful and to provide a safe, caring, and respectful learning environment.
Under McCormac’s leadership, the Nottingham counseling program was the first in Arlington to achieve Recognize American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model Program (RAMP) status and re-RAMPed in 2014. McCormac is sought after presenter at local, state, and national conferences and an expert on anxiety, bullying, grief, and marketing our school counseling program.
The panel selected the counselor of the year based on several criteria including evidence of innovative ASCA Model program; use of technology and data to enhance the school counseling program; leadership, collaboration, and advocacy skills; and active involvement in professional counseling associations.
McCormac was honored at the Annual VSCA Conference on Oct. 16, 2015 in Hampton Roads.