Student News

Eric Sparks named School Counseling Director of the Year

Photo of Eric Sparks

Eric Sparks

Eric Sparks, who is in the School’s educational leadership doctoral program in its student support service option, has been named School Counseling Director of the Year by the North Carolina School Counselor Association.

Sparks is counseling director for the Wake County Public School System and has led the system in support of school counselors implementing the American School Counselor Association National Model. He has served the NCSCA and the ASCA as president.

Sparks is credited with modernizing school counseling in Wake County by implementing the ASCA National Model which advocates for data-based practice. He did so by creating workshops and resources for teaching and learning the national model for all levels.

His nominator said that the key to a successful districtwide school counseling program is having a champion for school counselors, and that Sparks has been exemplary in such a role. He consistently demonstrates the value added by school counselors to educators, school board members and others within the district, state and the country, his nominator said. One of Sparks’s legacies is the use of data in appropriately placing all students, specifically minorities, into advanced middle and high school math.

Sparks will also teach the Leadership and Collaboration in School Counseling course in the School Counseling (M.Ed.) program this summer.

More information about the School of Education’s Student Support Service option in the educational leadership doctoral program is available on the Educational Leadership, Ed.S./Ed.D. website.