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Barbara Truluck Named 2019 Georgia School Counselor of the Year

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Barbara Truluck Named 2019 Georgia School Counselor of the Year by the

Georgia School Counselor Association

Barbara Truluck, a school counselor at Palmer Middle School in Kennesaw, Georgia, has been named the 2019 Georgia School Counselor of the Year by the Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA). Truluck has served as a school counselor at Palmer Middle School in the Cobb County School District since 2015.

The Georgia School Counselor of the Year award honors professionals who devote their careers to advocating for the nation’s students and addressing their academic and social/emotional development, and college and career readiness needs. Truluck will represent Georgia on the national stage as she moves forward to the American School Counselor Association’s 2021 School Counselor of the Year awards program.

Truluck was a science teacher for 12 years before becoming a school counselor.  She became a school counselor because she wants to help students achieve their dreams. In her application, Truluck adds that her own childhood struggles drive her to be a champion for all of her students.  Bradley Blackman, Assistant Principal at Palmer Middle School, said “her enthusiasm and passion for her profession permeate throughout the school, as she is constantly looking for ways to support students and leave a lasting impact on their lives.”

Lauren Holland, also a school counselor at Palmer Middle School, said, “all of our stakeholders – students, families, teachers, and administration – see her as an invaluable resource and she is a constant and unwavering source of support and encouragement for all.”  Holland continued, “in her solution-driven, but kind approach, Barbara can be witnessed day in and day out impacting the lives of all student both directly and indirectly.”

Truluck and two other semi-finalists were selected by a panel with representation from all areas of the state based on their ability to create systemic change within the profession, school counseling innovations, exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills, and contributions to student achievement.  These school counselors also achieved increased student success through their comprehensive school counseling programs that have been designated by ASCA as recognized model programs (RAMP). 

Truluck and the other Georgia School Counselor of the Year semi-finalists, Ruth Bowen of Summit Hill Elementary School in Fulton County Schools and Antionette “Toni” Dickerson of Lovinggood Middle School in the Cobb County School District, will be honored and formally recognized at the GSCA Annual Conference in Augusta, Georgia on November 15, 2019. 

In addition to the Georgia School Counselor of the Year award, GSCA will also honor several others at their Fall Conference.  Sherri Hill, Chief School Leadership Officer of the Cobb County School District, has been named Advocate of the Year; David Jones, Principal of M. H. Mason Elementary School in Gwinnett County Public Schools, has been named Administrator of the Year; Ebony Payno, School Counselor at Cobb Horizon High School in the Cobb County School District, has been named Writer of the Year; and Nadiya Rosen, School Counselor at Acworth Elementary School in the Cobb County School District, has been named the Emerging School Counselor Leader.