IRMO – Dutch Fork High School’s director of school counseling, Dr. Donna Huger, has been selected as the 2020 School Counselor of the Year in South Carolina by the Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA).
The award is given annually to a school counselor who has demonstrated their ability to provide leadership in executing a comprehensive school counseling program impacting students, the community and other stakeholders.
“I consider it an honor and a privilege to represent school counselors in the state of South Carolina,” said Huger. “I am a strong proponent of the important role school counselors serve in meeting the needs of students on a daily basis. Every day, I get the opportunity to know that what I do matters. That is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. As a Director of School Counseling, I get the opportunity to lead a team of professionals that deliver a comprehensive school counseling program that is tailored to meet the needs of the students, parents, staff and community we serve.”
Huger has been a secondary school counselor since 2000, after leaving Higher Education as a Student Adviser/Counselor at both the undergraduate and graduate school levels. She has served as the Director of School Counseling for three years at Dutch Fork High School.
“Dr. Huger is the epitome of a children’s advocate,” said Dr. Gerald Gary, Dutch Fork High School principal. “I am not surprised that she has been recognized by her peers to receive this prestigious award. It is an honor to work alongside her, learning from her daily, as she creates programming and resources which ensure that the students at Dutch Fork High School are college and career ready.”
Dr. Huger currently serves on the PSSCA Governing Board as the Midlands Regional Chair. She also is an Adjunct Professor in the Counselor Education Program at South Carolina State University, where she has served since 2005.
Alvin Pressley, School District Five Director of Secondary Education said, “Dr. Huger is a true professional and is an example others should strive to emulate in offering the highest level of counseling services to all students at Dutch Fork High School. Because of her hard work and dedication to the profession she has been selected by her peers as a shining representation for ALL school counselors in our state!”