F-M counselor among top eight nationwide

Heidi Green, director of counseling services for Fayetteville-Manlius School District, has been named one of the top eight school counselors in America.

Green is among more than 250 elementary, middle and secondary school counselors nationwide who were nominated for the School Counselor of the Year award. The award, which is presented by the American School Counselor Association, honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates and often lifesavers for the nation's students.

As director for the district, Green's leadership includes coordinating and facilitating counseling services for the district, as well as supporting a caseload of high school students.

One of her greatest accomplishments has been implementing the use of Naviance, a web-based software program to assist students in the career planning and college process, to F-M High School and many other high schools in Onondaga County. This technology provides access to data regarding careers and colleges and brings added enthusiasm to classroom seminars. It enables educators to evaluate and adjust programming and enhances data-driven decision-making.

"Heidi's character is clearly built upon the foundation of hard work, ethical decision-making, and love of children," said Kelly Sajnog, a former assistant principal at F-M High School who is now principal at Pine Grove Middle School in the East Syracuse-Minoa School District. "She is truly a remarkable person and her dedication and contributions to the children of this school district are worthy of recognition."

Green is a strong leader in her field, serving on the Superintendent's Cabinet and as New York State delegate to the NACAC National Assembly (National Association for College Admissions Counseling). She is also the recipient of the Readling Award from SUNY Oswego, an honor for educational administration students given to a graduate who, by peer nomination, is voted most likely to make a significant contribution to the field.

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