ASTON, PA – Northley Middle School guidance counselor, Nicole Sayre has been named the 2016 Pennsylvania Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association (PSCA). Ms. Sayre was nominated by Northley Principal, Mr. L.J. Blair and underwent a rigorous application process to be considered for this honor. Along with recommendation letters from colleagues and students, Sayre completed an application including five essay questions and created a video submission.
The School Counselor of the Year (SCOY) award honors professional school counselors who have made significant contributions to their students and school districts through the development and implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs that are based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. Individual counselors are recognized at three levels: elementary, middle/junior high, and high school.
Sayre works tirelessly to support Northley Middle school students and families. She is the point person for Northley’s Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) and Student Assistance Program (SAP). She meets with students individually and in multiple groups to address concerns and issues, helps the staff negotiate changes to the discipline process, and is proactive in reaching out to parents ensuring student success. She has a gift for connecting with students on an individual, small group and entire school community level. She is able to manage supporting individual students in a bustling middle school setting and allow them to feel that they are the most important person in that moment. She always treats students with the respect to create an environment where students feel safe and supported. Additionally, she often works closely with the PTL, Student Council, and Guidance office on their holiday projects to provide food and presents for needy families at Thanksgiving and Winter Holidays.
Northley Principal, Mr. L.J. Blair noted, “Nicole’s leadership is seen throughout the building on multiple levels. Outside of her work with PBS, SAP, and outreach, she is a member of the data/continuous improvement plan team, serves as the 8th grade volleyball coach, and often makes appearances at pep rallies as the school mascot. She is the glue of the school. I am so proud that she has been selected for this recognition. She is more than deserving of this honor for all that she does for our students and the community.”
Sayre is admired schoolwide for her ability to lead in an enthusiastic and motivating manner. She spearheaded the implementation of the PBS program at Northley. This support program ranges from creating a schoolwide behavior program that addresses universal positive behavior to providing behavior support for individual students that are at-risk. Because of her expertise in this subject area, she is regularly selected to present at conferences and local IU events.
Sayre’s colleague at Northley, Sharon Lachman noted, “Nicole is so deserving of this honor. She is extremely humble and hard-working. Her focus is always on supporting and helping others. She has certainly found her calling as a school counselor and is admired by all that have the privilege to call her a colleague. She makes us all better at what we do.”
Sayre has an unwavering desire to advocate for her students. Her strong communication skills allow her advocate in a way that others willingly listen and act. She spends countless hours on the phone with parents or guardians providing support and guidance. She coordinates services and makes referrals so that no stone goes unturned to benefit a student. She is well organized and thorough in her pursuit to ensure a student’s needs are met. She collects pertinent data, keeps accurate records, communicates with stakeholders, and always follows through so that all students have an equal opportunity for success.
Penn-Delco Superintendent, Dr. George Steinhoff noted, “I was thrilled to hear the news that one of Penn-Delco’s outstanding guidance counselors was selected as the PA State Guidance Counselor of the Year. I have been impressed with the effort and dedication that I have seen over the years by Ms. Sayre. She will do a fabulous job representing not just her professional colleagues of counselors from across the state, but certainly Northley and Penn-Delco as well. This is an award and recognition that is truly deserved. Ms. Sayre is an example of the ‘Excellence in Education’ that Penn-Delco aspires to achieve in all that we do.”
Sayre will be recognized in January at the White House by First Lady, Michelle Obama as a state level School Counselor of the Year. She was recognized earlier this year by the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association in Hershey, Pa.
“It’s such an honor to have been selected as the Pennsylvania School Counselor of the Year,” said Sayre. “I’m very humbled by this recognition. I am extremely privileged to work with two other equally talented counselors, Gina Crowley and Kevin Siegel. Together we’ve worked hard to create a culture of positivity and inclusion at Northley and my success is a result of our teamwork as a department.”