Erin Crooks of Georgetown Middle School has been named Delaware’s Middle School Counselor of the Year for 2017.
The award is given by the Delaware School Counselor Association (DSCA) and includes a $500 cash prize. Crooks is now eligible for the overall state Counselor of the Year award, which will be announced in March.
“I believe that all students can achieve at high levels according to their strengths,” Crooks said. “It is my job as a professional school counselor to help students realize their strengths and potential and to help guide them in creating a roadmap to success. It is through program planning, advocacy, collaboration, innovation and leadership that I am able to help students create that roadmap.”
Crooks came to Georgetown Middle School as a school counselor in 2009 after spending the previous two years as a counselor at Georgetown Elementary School. She is a member of Georgetown Middle’s Instructional Leadership Team and is the school’s AVID site team coordinator. One of her priorities during the past nine years has been taking GMS students on visits to college campuses. During that time, she has accompanied more than 350 students on visits to the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Morgan State University, Delaware Technical & Community College, Rutgers University and the University of Maryland.
Crooks is co-chair of the Sussex County Inter-Agency Council for Children and Families and a middle school representative for the Delaware Goes to College Advisory Council. She also served as an adjunct professor at Wilmington University in 2015-2016.
“Erin consistently demonstrates a strong work ethic and a dedication to success,” Georgetown Middle School Principal Michael Williams said. “Erin has the ability to relate effectively to students, parents, faculty and administrators. She accepts responsibility readily and carries out her duties with a high level of professionalism. While working with Erin, I greatly admire her ability to handle the myriad issues that come across her desk in a consistent and unflappable manner. Whether dealing with student conflicts, parents or teacher concerns, Erin always conducts herself in a professional manner and is well-respected by her peers.”
This is the fourth consecutive year that a counselor from the Indian River School District has won either the elementary or middle school Counselor of the Year award. Other district winners were Cheryl Carey (2016 and 2007), Jan Bomhardt (2015), Cathy Showell (2014), Dawn Brasure (2009), and Lisa Hunt (2005). Carey in 2016 and Hunt in 2005 were also named the overall state Counselor of the Year.
“I have the privilege to work with students every day and I don’t take that privilege lightly,” Crooks said. “Through my role as a school counselor, I can help students realize and achieve their maximum potential. By providing a comprehensive, data-driven program that aims to reach all students, I facilitate academic, career and personal/social growth. I believe all students can learn. I believe all students have potential. Through program planning, advocacy, collaboration and leadership, I am able to help students remove barriers to their success.”