Duval County Public Schools' Guidance Services Leader Selected as Finalist for 2012 EVE Award
Jacksonville, FL - The district's Supervisor of Guidance Services Nan Worsowicz will stand alongside three other education finalists for the 2012 Education Volunteer services and Employment (EVE) Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 1.
Mrs. Worsowicz' dedication to her profession shows in the awards she's earned throughout her tenure with the district that started more than 21 years ago in a classroom. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1991, 1999 and 2003. In 1994 she transitioned from the classroom to become a counselor and rose through the ranks to Supervisor of Guidance Services in 2006. She has also served as the regional vice president of the Florida School Counselor Association since 2008.
The EVE Awards are a North Florida and South Georgia tradition that started in 1969. Jacksonville's daily newspaper, The Florida Times-Union, recognizes women for their efforts and accomplishments in the areas of education, volunteer service and employment during an annual luncheon ceremony attended by at least 600 people. Four finalists in each of the three categories are honored for their significant contributions of the past year. One woman from each of the three categories is presented the coveted golden apple, representing our community's first and most esteemed award for women.
"Mrs. Worsowicz is an advocate by nature for students, teachers and guidance counselors throughout our district," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. "Her passion shows in everything she does, which makes her the perfect candidate for this prestigious award."
Mrs. Worsowicz works tirelessly to make sure schools have the proper ratio of counselors to students so that all students receive the attention they need. She coordinates, prepares and delivers training sessions to all district counselors matching the Transforming School Counseling Initiative (TSCI). She has been instrumental in preparing counselors in a model that will result in K-12 students having greater opportunities for academic success. She is a master collaborator and teacher with a strong voice for an equity agenda for all students.
Earlier this year, she championed legislation through the Florida Senate. Mrs. Worsowicz represented the Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) and was a key presenter to the Senate Education Pre-K - 12 Committee for school counselor bill (SD 1654).
She works to assure that students are served by school counselors who educate, advocate and are knowledgeable in the most effective and updated counseling practices.
Duval County Public Schools operates 177 schools and serves approximately 125,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy and culturally diverse world.
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