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     Our Vision: Empowering all students to achieve personal success

    Our Mission: To promote educational performance, providing all students with the opportunities to acquire the academic, career, personal and social competencies necessary to achieve quality learning and life-long success.

    The Forsyth County School System has aligned the work of the counseling and guidance program to the American School Counseling Association's (ASCA) National Model. The ASCA National Standards reflect the expectations for all students to achieve.

      1. School Counseling Curriculum - guidance lessons or activities to promote the knowledge, attitudes and skills in three content areas: academic achievement, career development, and personal/social growth. The lessons include classroom guidance, group activities, and parent workshops and instruction.
      2. Individual Student Planning - activities designed to assist students to establish personal goals and develop future plans, which include appraisals and individual or small group advisement.
      3. Responsive Services - activities that meet students' immediate needs and concerns, such as consultation, individual and small group counseling, crisis counseling, referrals, and peer facilitation.
      4. System Support - activities that enhance the school counseling program and support the school. The activities include professional development, consultation and collaboration, and program management and operations.

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    Congratulations to our Forsyth County Professional School Counselors of the Year

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  • Elementary School Counselor of the Year – Ashley Johnson, Daves Creek Elementary


    Ashley Johnson has been a Professional School Counselor at Daves Creek Elementary for six years. Prior to her current position, she was an interrelated special education teacher and taught students in all grade levels. She holds an undergraduate degree in Social Science Education from the University of Georgia. She also earned a master’s and a specialist degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and going to new places.

  • Middle School Counselor of the Year – Randolph Thrower, Piney Grove Middle School


    Randolph Thrower is currently a counselor at Piney Grove Middle School. He began his career in education as a 6th grade Social Studies and Language Arts teacher at Riverwatch Middle School in 2006. His experience includes six years as a classroom teacher and eight years as a middle school counselor. Mr. Thrower believes supporting students, teachers, and parents, in a balanced approach to academics and extracurricular passions.  He supports the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of our learners, and he works to implement this approach daily through the counseling programming at PGMS. Mr. Thrower holds a Bachelors degree from The University of Georgia and a Masters Degree from the University of West Alabama. He and his wife Amanda, an administrator in our district, proudly send their three children to Forsyth County schools. Mr. Thrower enjoys spending time with his family, cheering on the UGA Bulldogs, SCUBA diving, reading, and fishing.

  • High School Counselor of the Year – Allison Rinehart, West Forsyth High School


    Allison Rinehart has worked at West Forsyth High School for the past 9 years. Her favorite aspect of being a High School Counselor is being able to interact with and experience the excitement of young adults who are realizing and accomplishing their goals for the present and future. She feels honored to work with so many great students and coworkers of Forsyth County Schools.  Allison appreciates the mentorship and guidance from the many great school counselors and leaders who have helped develop her into who she is today. Allison holds a Bachelors Degree from Emory University and a Masters Degree from the University of Georgia.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and running around with her three wonderful children.