Monica Harvin named BCSD Coordinator of School Counseling
Published Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Ms. Monica Harvin (BCSD photo / Brian Troutman)
At the Tuesday, November 12 Berkeley County Board of Education meeting, board members confirmed the hiring of Ms. Monica M. Harvin as the Coordinator of School Counseling for Berkeley County School District.
Ms. Harvin brings just over 22 years of school counseling experience, having most recently served as the guidance director at Daniel Jenkins Academy and a school counselor at Wando High School in Charleston County School District.
“We are very excited to add Ms. Harvin to our team,” said BCSD Senior Associate Superintendent for Operations and Administration Deon Jackson. She is known for leading collaborative efforts that positively impact student achievement and outcomes, and we can’t wait to see her impact here at BCSD.”
Ms. Havin said she expects that impact to be immediate.
“I will be able to provide leadership to the school counselors based on my experience, provide best practices as well as serve as an advocate for the school counselors in my roll,” she said.
As a longtime school counselor, Ms. Harvin has done everything from coordinating homebound services to facilitating student academic, personal, social and career development. She says the most enjoyable aspect of counseling has always been assisting students with “navigating their path to finding their passion by helping them develop their knowledge/skills and creating a plan for their future.”
Ms. Harvin is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina. In 1996, she obtained her Master of Education in School Counseling and Educational Specialist Degree in School Counseling from the University of South Carolina. She comes from a family with generations of educators and credits her family members with influencing her career.
“All of my role models were educators in some capacity, including teachers, media specialists and most especially my dad, who is a retired school superintendent and my mother who was a middle school counselor. I learned my values to assist and educate others from my role models,” she said.
Among the goals for her team, Ms. Harvin said there will be a focus on ensuring all school counselors are providing services that align with both American School Counseling Association (ASCA) and SC Comprehensive Guidance models. She will also be setting the bar high and challenging all schools to seek Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) certification.