Chestnut Middle School Counselor Honored by Gloucester County Professional Middle School Counselor Association

Last Edited: Sep 08, 2018 11:33 AM -04:00

Chestnut Ridge Middle School counselor Deana Leonard has been named Gloucester County Counselor of the Year for the 2017-18 school year by the Gloucester County Professional Middle School Counselor Association (GCPMSCA).

Leonard recently completed a two-year term as GCPMSCA co-president and was chosen by her county colleagues for this recognition. She received the award at the June counselors’ meeting.

Leonard, the 2009-10 CRMS Teacher of the Year, is beginning her 15th year at the school.  Prior to moving into counseling, she served from 1993-2003 as a social studies teacher at Washington Township High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies and secondary education from Glassboro State College/Rowan University. She also earned a master’s degree from the school in student personnel services.

“Mrs. Leonard is an amazing middle school counselor and excellent role model for her students and colleagues,” District director of school counseling Jennifer Grimaldi said.  “She leads with a caring heart and continues to take initiative in her building and on the county level.  She is diligent in providing the best counseling services to her students and school community. We are lucky to have Mrs. Leonard as part of our WTPS counseling family.”

“Mrs. Leonard is an outstanding counselor whom we are lucky to have at Chestnut Ridge Middle School,” CRMS principal Jim Barnes said.  “She builds relationships with all her students to make certain that everyone has a successful and positive experience during their years at Chestnut Ridge.  Mrs. Leonard is dedicated to the students and the entire Washington Township community.”

“This recognition is like icing on the cake for me,” Leonard said. “I get to do a job that I love, and work with great people every day, in a District that I value enough to have my own children attend.  It doesn't get any better than that.” 


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