Erin Crooks Named Delaware School Counselor of the Year
Erin Crooks Named Delaware School Counselor of the Year
Posted on 04/11/2017

Erin Crooks of Georgetown Middle School has been named the 2017 Delaware School Counselor of the Year.

The award was given on April 10 by the Delaware School Counselor Association during its annual spring conference. Prior to winning the overall state award, Crooks was named Middle School Counselor of the Year by the DSCA in February.

“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 second consecutive year, and third overall, that an Indian River School District counselor has won the state award. Other state winners were Cheryl Carey in 2016 and Lisa Hunt in 2005. It is also the fourth consecutive year that an IRSD counselor has won either the elementary or middle school Counselor of the Year award. Other district winners were Carey (2016 and 2007), Jan Bomhardt (2015), Cathy Showell (2014), Dawn Brasure (2009) and Hunt (2005).

“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.” 

Crooks is now eligible for the national School Counselor of the Year award given by the American School Counselor Association.

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