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Tamara Davis (M.Ed. '87, A.B.Ed. '85) named Counselor Educator of the Year

Tamara Davis, a 1987 graduate of the School’s Master of Education program in School Counseling was recently named Counselor Educator of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). She is an associate professor of psychology at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

After receiving her master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, Davis worked for several years as a first and second grade teacher in Asheville, NC, and then as an elementary school counselor in Manassas City, Va. She earned her Doctor of Education degree in Counselor Education and Student Personnel Services in 1997 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She then spent one year as a high school counselor before acquiring her current position as associate professor at Marymount.

According to the ASCA Web site, Davis was chosen as Counselor Educator of the Year because of her high level of care for the counseling profession, her desire to be an agent of change in the field and her superior counselor education classes. “Her [Davis’] own success,” says the Web site, “is evidenced by the fact that her students consistently acquire jobs in school counseling upon completion of her program.” 

Additionally, Davis was recognized for her active leadership role in numerous professional organizations.  She currently serves as president of the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES) and Regional Conferences Chair for the Virginia School Counselor Association.

A division of the American Counseling Association, ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 20,000 professional school counselors around the globe.