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Congratulations to the 2021 Counselors of the Year

April 26, 2021

Ebonie Butler-Cheeks
Ebonie Butler-Cheeks, JPS Counselor of the Year

Jackson Public Schools announced Ebonie Butler-Cheeks was named the 2020-2021 JPS Counselor of the Year. As a senior counselor, Butler-Cheeks finds her greatest fulfillment each year as seniors graduate. She says it’s because she gets to how her scholars overcome their challenges to graduate. This undoubtedly informs her educational philosophy: "Every Child is a Success Story." When working with scholars, her primary goal is to help them to grow in ways that lead to their success. Her focus is on the pen and the pad in the individual scholar's hands with the goal of guiding them to be productive citizens.

Tiffany Johnson Joice Greer Yolanda Hayes Rucker
Tiffany Johnson Joice Greer Yolanda Hayes Rucker
Carmen Taylor Shaunderic Ashmore  
Carmen Taylor Shaunderic Ashmore  

Also recognized with special counseling awards were:

  • Tiffany Johnson, Casey Elementary – Rookie of the Year
  • Joice E. Greer, Bates Elementary – Collaborating Counselor
  • Yolanda Hayes Rucker, Cardozo Middle – Growth Mindset
  • Carmen Taylor, Callaway High – The
  • Shaunderic Ashmore, Murrah High – Most Innovative Counselor

The counseling awards recognition and awards event is held each year as part of National School Counseling Week. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, NCSW is held each year during the first full week of February. The campaign focuses public attention on the unique contributions of Professional School Counselors within U.S. school systems and how students benefit from having access to Professional School Counselors. Furthermore, the event highlights the tremendous impact Professional School Counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for their future careers.