Photos of D32 school counselors. Info in text

National School Counseling Week 2023, “School Counselors: Helping Students Dream Big,” sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 6–10, 2023, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

District 32 counselors are:

  • Laura Buchheit, Perryville Primary Center
  • Sandy Weber, Perryville Elementary School
  • Michael-Ann Buchheit, Perry County Middle School
  • Abigail Schremp, Perry County Middle School
  • Ryan Mueller, Perryville High School
  • Cassie Cole, Perryville High School
  • Melanie Dodd, Perryville High School
  • Sherry Stief, Perryville Area Career & Technology Center

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century. 

District 32 counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; are working in partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; are focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, career and social/emotional development; and are working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. 

School counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

 “School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career options and social/emotional skills,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “School counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities. Many schools will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.