On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, the School Board of Broward County, Florida, honored Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Peer Counseling Coordinators for earning a special distinction. They are now the first in Florida to receive National Peer Program Professionals Certification. This certification provides training and skills necessary to enhance peer counseling programs in schools. In addition, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie was recognized for being named the 2015 Champion of Peer Helping by the National Association of Peer Program Professionals, for his support of peer counseling programs.
Peer counseling programs provide students with prevention-based education and skills on topics such as mental health and wellness, violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, and anti-bullying. Peer counselors also provide tutoring and mentoring in their school communities.
“We know there is a profound impact on students through peer-to-peer education,” said Dr. Teri Williams, who oversees peer counseling programs within the District. “Broward County Public Schools is proud to be a national model for peer programs. Through these programs and the support provided by District and school leaders, our students become agents of change in their schools and community.”
Congratulations to the following BCPS Coordinators of Peer Counseling Programs:
· Karen Alfieri - Sunrise Middle School
· Stephanie Celestin - Pioneer Middle School
· Stacie Conner - Gulfstream Middle School
· Toni Freeborn - Coral Glades High School
· Clenner Goodman - Blanche Ely High School
· Ivonne Hidalgo - Millennium Middle School
· Cheryl King - Bair Middle School
· Kristine Shrove Knapp - Flanagan High School
· Jennifer Moser - Glades Middle School
· Suzanne Murphy - Northeast High School
· Dr. Nina Oce - HD Perry Middle School
· Susan Rioux - Westglades Middle School
· Laura Rountree - Stoneman Douglas High School
· Calayn Small - Coral Springs Middle School
· Julie Sikorski - Tequesta Trace Middle School
· Norma Tchir - Silver Trail Middle School
· Pamela Williams - Dillard High School
· Kim Young - Rickards Middle School
To watch the School Board’s Special Presentation recognizing the coordinators for peer counseling programs, click here.
ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 99 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 135 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @Browardschools, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.