Our school counselors are extraordinary, which is why we’re sharing the stories of our Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year… please help us celebrate Woodstock Innovation Zone 2019 Counselor of the Year: Sarah Bigelow of Freedom Middle School!
Sarah Bigelow began her counseling career in social services, focused on helping children escape abuse and neglect.
Her experience advocating for these children, helping them heal and navigate the next steps in their lives, has made her a better school counselor for the children of Freedom Middle School.
“Most of our students are blessed with supportive families who are present to meet their needs and provide the nurturing that they need to have a chance at being successful,” said Ms. Bigelow, who joined Freedom MS three years ago. “However, we have many other students who don’t come from a stable environment… my mission is to be a trustworthy and present adult in their lives.”
Ms. Bigelow’s work to develop programs that support students and educate teachers and staff led her colleagues to name her the Woodstock Innovation Zone’s Counselor of the Year.
One of the most important programs she is focused on is suicide awareness and prevention. She educates teachers as to warning signs and the importance of immediately reporting those signs, and she then works with those students and their parents to develop a support plan including one-on-one counseling.
A parent, whose child has been struggling with depression during his three years at the school, said Ms. Bigelow’s care has made a difference in the lives of their entire family. “She has been there for us every step of the way,” the parent said.
In her own words: “I am here for our children who need at least one person to believe in them, who sees their inherent worth, and who can provide them with the encouragement they need to push past their circumstances.”
Special thanks to our Counselor of the Year program sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam