Northley Middle School guidance counselor Nicole Sayre was named 2016 Pennsylvania Middle School Counselor of the Year (SCOY) by the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association. Sayre was nominated by Northley Principal L.J. Blair and underwent a rigorous application process. Along with recommendation letters from colleagues and students, Sayre completed an application including five essay questions and created a video submission.
The SCOY award honors professional school counselors who have made significant contributions to their students and school districts through the development and implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs that are based on the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) national model. Individual counselors are recognized at three levels: elementary, middle/junior high, and high school.
Sayre is the point person for Northley’s Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) and Student Assistance Program (SAP). She meets with students individually and in multiple groups to address concerns and issues, helps the staff negotiate changes to the discipline process, and is proactive in reaching out to parents ensuring student success.
“Nicole’s leadership is seen throughout the building on multiple levels,” said Blair. “Outside of her work with PBS, SAP, and outreach, she is a member of the data/continuous improvement plan team, serves as the eighth grade volleyball coach, and often makes appearances at pep rallies as the school mascot. She is the glue of the school. I am so proud that she has been selected for this recognition. She is more than deserving of this honor for all that she does for our students and the community.”
In addition, she often works with the PTL, Student Council, and guidance office on their holiday projects to provide food and presents for needy families.
Sayre is admired school-wide. She leads in an enthusiastic and motivating manner. She spearheaded implementation of the PBS program, which establishes benchmarks for student behavior from positive reinforcement to support for at-risk kids. Because of her expertise, she is a regular presenter at conferences and local intermediate unit events.
“Nicole is so deserving of this honor,” said colleague Sharon Lachman. “She is extremely humble and hard-working. Her focus is always on supporting and helping others. She has certainly found her calling as a school counselor and is admired by all that have the privilege to call her a colleague. She makes us all better at what we do.”
“I was thrilled to hear the news (of her selection),” said Penn-Delco Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Steinhoff. “I have been impressed with (her) effort and dedication over the years. She will do a fabulous job representing not just her professional colleagues from across the state, but certainly Northley and Penn-Delco as well. (She) is an example of the ‘Excellence in Education’ that Penn-Delco aspires to achieve in all that we do.”
Sayre will be recognized in January at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama as a state level School Counselor of the Year. She was recognized earlier this year by the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association in Hershey.
“It’s such an honor to have been selected,” said Sayre. “I’m very humbled by this recognition. I am extremely privileged to work with two other equally talented counselors, Gina Crowley and Kevin Siegel. Together we’ve worked hard to create a culture of positivity and inclusion at Northley and my success is a result of our teamwork as a department.”