Kind and empathetic. Multitasker yet able to focus on an individual student’s needs. Interested, supportive and involved in the curriculum. Knows all moving parts of the building – staff members and students. A relationship-builder who builds strong bonds between families and school.
These were some of the attributes that helped Robious Middle Counseling Coordinator Martha Turner garner statewide recognition as the Virginia School Counseling Association’s 2018 School Counselor of the Year.
“Mrs. Turner provides impeccable service and counseling to the students at Robious Middle,” said Midlothian District School Board representative Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, whose district includes Robious Middle. “As a former principal of the school, a parent of children who have attended Robious and as an interested observer since leaving, I am keenly aware of the impact that Mrs. Turner has had on the lives of many. She is invested in making sure they succeed academically but also that they are prepared with life skills to navigate a changing world.”
Turner started working for Chesterfield County Public Schools in 1989 and has served as counseling coordinator at Robious Middle since 2012. Earlier this spring, Turner was named the Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Middle School Counselor of the Year. Colleagues Paula Herrington (Monacan High) and Sarah Bazemore (Swift Creek Elementary) were named CCPS’ High School Counselor of the Year and Elementary School Counselor of the Year, respectively.
The VSCA secondary school counselor of the year award recognizes an outstanding professional who has made a positive impact in their school with students, teachers and parents. Contributions to the profession can be measured by evidence of data-driven practices and the implementation of a comprehensive counseling program, thus educating stakeholders about the importance of school counseling.
Turner was described as being the person who “handles scheduling, open houses, parent information nights for specialty centers, online PE, AP Human Geography and helps parents and students through so many hurdles and decisions that her impact can hardly be measured.”
“The local selections were made from among many talented school counselors who work daily to meet our expectations to provide our students with a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment. So, to have earned Chesterfield County recognition is an honor in and of itself,” Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “However, to be recognized by your peers across the state is a tremendous accomplishment. It’s clear from the many, long-standing relationships that Mrs. Turner has forged at Robious, that she has had a positive, lasting impact on the lives of many students.”