Selma City School Board recognizes counselors

Published 8:06pm Monday, February 18, 2013

In recognition of National School Counseling Week, the Selma City School Board took a special section out of their regular meeting Thursday to hear from school counselors.

“God has truly blessed Selma City Schools with these counselors,” said Mamie Williams Solomon, coordinator of counselors. “They all work so hard and that work shows.”

After viewing a presentation from all area counselors, board members expressed their gratitude for these women and the support they provide for Selma City School students.

“We’re very thankful for them,” said board president Henry Hicks. “They’re doing a great job and we’re thankful for them for steering our children in the right direction. We appreciate everything they do.”

Counselors recognized, which were all from city schools, included Debra Williams, Felicia Coleman, Keisha Chestnut, Leslie Bennett King, Cheryl Randolph, Kesia Smith, Faye Green and Karen Johnson Richards, Wanda Young-Lowe.

Solomon said all of these women have outstanding educations and are more than capable of leading students into a bright future.

“They’re all qualified in the area of counseling,” Solomon said. “Each has at least a masters level certification with most securing the education specialist degree.”

Solomon said Dallas County falls under the Chapter 6 division for the state, and within that chapter Dallas County counselors hold positions like president, treasurer, historian and secretary.

“This is the largest chapter in the state,” Solomon said. “We have counselors who work at the annual state conference every year.”

Other board members expressed their gratitude to the counselors, saying that without them, Selma City Schools wouldn’t be as great.

“They do a lot of things beyond the call of duty,” said Frank Chestnut, board member. “I know you all must have huge hearts and I thank you for all that you do.”

Board member Dr. Udo Ufomadu expressed similar gratitude, saying that school counselors aren’t recognized enough for their hard work.

“This is a very disciplined group,” Ufomadu said. “We really don’t tell them enough how much we appreciate them.”

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