Crestwood Middle School counselor named Maryland's best

FREDERICK, Md. — Cathy Kazio from Crestwood Middle School in Frederick was named Maryland’s School Counselor of the Year.

This is not the first year a Frederick County Public Schools counselor earned the recognition. Laura Jones was feted at the White House, along with other 2016 state winners nationwide.

The 2018 award recognizes Kazio for creating and implementing an exemplary comprehensive counseling program at her school. There were 38 nominations for the state-level recognition this year. Those nominating Kazio attribute many successes at Crestwood Middle to her can-do attitude.

“She uses data to inform her practice, she advocates for the needs of all students, she continuously and proactively works to improve equity in her school.” Those were some of the reasons the Maryland School Counselor Association cited in choosing Kazio as School Counselor of the Year.

Following a semester in the United Kingdom as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher, Kazio wrote a successful grant proposal that yielded her school $30,000 to form Cavaliers with Academic and Vocational Success, or CAVS. CAVS provides accelerated learning opportunities for students who might be the first generation in their families achieving post-secondary success.

As a department chairwoman, Kazio is an educational leader who supports her entire staff. She also serves as the treasurer for the local counselor association.

Kazio will receive formal honors at the Feb. 9 Maryland School Counselor Association gala during National School Counseling Week at Martin’s Crosswinds.

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