HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  -  Angela Cleveland, school counselor at Auten Road Intermediate School has been named the 2017 New Jersey School Counselor of the Year by the New Jersey School Counselors Association.

In addition to this honor, Cleveland’s application will now be forwarded to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) to be considered among other state recipients for the National School Counselor of the Year 2018 award.

Each year the NJSCA recognizes the excellence and accomplishments of their members. The NJ School Counselor of the Year application process begins the year prior with the selection of honorees at the county level. Each county level Counselor of the Year may then complete a comprehensive application to be considered for the state level award. A selection committee meets and evaluates each applicant based on criteria such as school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership and collaboration within the school community, and continual professional development.

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“Angela is a true leader when it comes to her dedication to empowering students,” said Christopher Carey, principal of Auten Road Intermediate School. “She meets with her students and helps them recognize their strengths and challenges. She then guides them in understanding how they may use these personal tools within to be successful.”

In the fields of education and counseling, Cleveland is a true advocate of the use of technology by both students and colleagues. She is a Google Certified Educator and champions the use of technology not only in the field of counseling but also to expand student learning as well as to collaborate with fellow staff members.

She is a strong promoter of equal access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and firmly believes in the critical need to eliminate myths about who can succeed in these fields.

“Angela is an integral member of the team at Auten Road Intermediate School,” said Dr. Jorden Schiff, superintendent of Hillsborough Township Public Schools. “She has a willing ear, a comforting manner, and provides a safe and supportive environment for students and staff alike.”

As the 2017 New Jersey School Counselor of the Year, Cleveland will be honored by the NJSCA during their annual fall conference in September 2017 in Edison, NJ.