Hady, a National Board Certified school counselor, is a role model, mentor and student advocate

Mary Hady named 2018 School Counselor of the Year
Posted on 02/19/2018
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Veteran elementary school educator named
as district’s School Counselor of the Year

BEAUFORT – Veteran Hilton Head Island Elementary School counselor Mary Hady is the Beaufort County School District’s 2018 School Counselor of the Year.

 Superintendent Jeff Moss made the announcement today at an awards breakfast for the district’s counselors.  In addition to honoring Hady, Moss also recognized Dana House (Bluffton High) as the district’s High School Counselor of the Year and Laverne Lawton (Whale Branch Middle) as the district’s Middle School Counselor of the Year.

“Top-notch schools have top-notch school counselors,” Moss said.  “They keep students on track for success, both academically and emotionally.  And they also have to be excellent communicators in order to keep parents informed about their children’s progress.” 

A 17-year, National Board Certified school counselor, Hady is a passionate advocate for her students. “I see my role as empowering all students by making sure they have the necessary skills and resources to level the playing field,” Hady said.

At Hilton Head Island IB Elementary, colleagues describe Hady as “tenacious” in her work ethic and in meeting the needs of a diverse campus of students with unique needs. 

One of Hady’s collaborative efforts, the IMPACT Mentoring Program, identifies and pairs students with adult mentors to participate in a weekly mentoring program. Twenty of the 26 IMPACT students are assigned to and work with Hady. “The program receives positive feedback from both students and mentors. Occasionally, students even refer themselves!” Hady said. “We are very fortunate to have many members of the community volunteer at our school.”

“Ms. Hady is truly dedicated to the craft of being a school counselor,” said Principal Sarah Owen.  “She is a role model for all school counselors and any professional in the world of education and beyond.” A three-person panel of district administrators evaluated this year’s candidates and selected the honorees.

More than 20 local businesses and community members sponsored the awards breakfast and donated gifts for the school district’s counselors.