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Hanahan High School counselor Courtney Barber named High School Counselor of the Year, State School Counselor of the Year

Posted Monday, January 22, 2018

Mrs. Courtney Barber - Hanahan High School

Mrs. Courtney Barber, Hanahan High School counselor


Hanahan High School counselor Courtney Barber was overtaken with emotion Saturday. While attending the Palmetto State School Counselor Association Conference in Myrtle Beach, she was named High School Counselor of the Year.

She was also named the overall State School Counselor of the Year.

Mrs. Barber will now compete for the award of National School Counselor of the Year as the South Carolina representative.

Hanahan High School principal Ric Raycroft describes Mrs. Barber as bright, creative, hardworking and thorough. In a letter of recommendation submitted to the association, he said she is "the most outstanding school counselor I have had the honor to know."

"Courtney is a positive force for student growth and success, and she is a source of pride for Hanahan High School." Mr. Raycroft said. She is an amazing resource and mentor for her fellow faculty and other counselors in the district."

The 13-year school counselor says she is humbled and proud to represent the fantastic counselors of Berkeley County and elsewhere in the state of South Carolina. She said she's also thankful for the support of her colleagues, especially those at Hanahan High School.

"I feel it is essential that school counselors advocate for our profession and the impact our profession has on student achievement and well being," Mrs. Barber said.  I have been very fortunate to work with some of the most outstanding school counselors to help build my own personal toolbox for helping students. Through serving on district level committees and attaining RAMP Certification through the American School Counselor Association, I feel that our program is comprehensive in model and helps meet student academic, career, and personal needs."

Mrs. Barber will represent Berkeley County School District and South Carolina at the Washington National Counselor Conference and the American School Counselor Association Conference in 2019.