Piccowaxen counselor named State Counselor of the Year

Piccowaxen counselor named State Counselor of the Year

William Marchione, a school counselor at Piccowaxen Middle School, was recently selected as the Maryland Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA). The award recognizes school counselors for outstanding achievement and service to students and for providing leadership in the development of existing and future counseling services.

Piccowaxen Principal Kenneth Schroeck nominated Marchione for his passion and dedication to student success, for implementing several positive school-based initiatives for students, and for serving as a role model and leader for students and staff members. Schroeck said Marchione's work ethic and commitment to children are exceptional.

“I respect and admire the way he inspires students, models character and inspires passion. Mr. Marchione not only embodies the quality of the award but he inspires me to find new and better ways of reaching children. What defines Mr. Marchione is that he is a humble, passionate, dedicated counselor who is willing to do whatever it takes to help students,” Schroeck wrote in an award nomination letter.

Marchione began his career with Charles County Public Schools in 2007 as a counselor at Piccowaxen. During the past six years, he has implemented several programs such as peer tutoring, peer mediation and conflict resolution, as well as coordinated quarterly counseling lessons, monthly Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) lessons and anti-bullying programs.

Marchione said he is honored to be recognized for working in a profession that he loves. “I am very honored to receive this award, though I do find it hard to be in the spotlight because I know so many counselors who work just as hard, or harder than I do. I came into this career looking to make a difference in the lives of students from the start. I am extremely honored to be recognized by the Maryland School Counseling Association as the Middle School Counselor of the Year,” Marchione said.

Nominees must have at least five years of school counseling experience, a master's degree in guidance and counseling, and must be certified as a school counselor by the State of Maryland. Nominees must also have been responsible for providing leadership in counseling services and outstanding service to the school community, as well as are members of the Maryland School Counselor Association and the American School Counselor Association.

Marchione received a bachelor's degree from Salisbury University and a master's degree in school counseling from Long Island University. He will be honored by the MSCA at their annual conference on April 19. For more information on the MSCA, visit their website at http://www.mscaonline.org/.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

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