Kristen Shearer, NYSSCA past president, left, Gloria A. Jean, and Dr. Gail Reed-Barnett, NYSSCA president. Photo provided
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BOLTON LANDING — Gloria A. Jean, a former school counselor in the Bethlehem and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School Districts, received the New York State School Counselor Association’s Career Achievement Award during the association’s annual conference at the Sagamore Resort on November 16.
The award recognizes Jean’s contributions to her profession and her students. For more than 30 years, she has worked as a school counselor, department director, graduate school instructor, and education consultant. Most recently, she helped develop school counseling program regulations adopted by the New York state Education Department Board of Regents that will update district programs to better serve students and address unmet student needs.
Jean was a school counselor at Bethlehem Central High School from 1986-87 and at A.W. Becker Elementary, Ravena Elementary, RCS Middle and RCS High Schools from 1990-2007. She was instrumental in securing an abduction prevention grant that brought the Child-Lures Program to the RCS School District and coordinated its Drug Free School Grant Advisory Council, while providing day-to-day support to all students in the school she worked in. She was known for providing parent programs, integrating the supports of a school counseling program into the classroom and school-wide assemblies such as Morning Program, and leading the school counseling department in updating its comprehensive program. She left the RCS School District in 2007 to be Director of K-12 Counseling Services for the Niskayuna School District. Since retiring in 2009, she teaches at the College of Saint Rose and provides consultant and professional development programs for school districts.