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Amy Singer (M.Ed. ’05) selected as NCSCA Emerging Leader

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Amy Singer

Amy Singer has been selected as one of five Emerging Leaders for 2009-2010, named by the North Carolina School Counselor Association. This is the first year NCSCA has hosted the Emerging Leaders program. Singer is a school counselor at South Graham Elementary School in the Alamance-Burlington School System.

The purpose of the NCSCA Emerging Leaders program is to discover promising school counselors in North Carolina and provide them with opportunities to develop their careers and become involved with NCSCA. An executive committee selected the winners from a group of highly qualified nominees.

Singer was chosen for her excellence in leadership and her active involvement in many organizations and associations. In her application, Singer expressed interest in helping counselors work together to share ideas and in helping parents and others better understand the role of school counselors. She hopes to accomplish these goals by using technology and organizing support groups to bring counselors together. She also recommends collecting data that shows the results of a comprehensive counseling program and sharing it with stakeholders.

Singer has been a school counselor at South Graham Elementary School since she graduated from the School of Education’s Master of Education program in school counseling in 2005. She was selected as the 2008-2009 Counselor of the Year for the Alamance-Burlington School System.

At South Graham Elementary, she has initiated several programs aimed at connecting Latino families with the school and has led a campaign that reduced student absences and late arrivals by 50 percent. In 2008, she initiated a Career Day where 30 professionals from the community came to the school and spoke about their careers.

The other school counselors who were named 2009-2010 Emerging Leaders are Renee Dilda from Charles B. Aycock High School in Pikeville (Wayne County); Vanessa Barnes from Greene Central High School in Snow Hill (Greene County); Stephen Kennedy from Northeast Guilford High School in McLeansville (Guilford County); and Christina Welch from Mabel Elementary School in Zionville (Watauga County).

All five Emerging Leaders will participate in a Leadership Day to be organized by NCSCA. They also will attend a meeting of the NCSCA Executive Board where they will be paired with a board member for mentoring during the upcoming year. In addition, they will receive a free NCSCA membership and contribute to the organization’s conference and its newsletter.