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School District Five Director of School Counseling wins 2020 South Carolina CTE award

For Immediate Release – May 18, 2020



School District Five Director of School Counseling wins 2020 South Carolina CTE award

IRMO –Irmo High School’s Director of School Counseling, Dorothya Nero, has been selected 2020 South Carolina Career and Technical Education (CTE) School Counselor of the Year.


This award is given out each year on behalf of the South Carolina Department of Education and the Office of Career and Technical Education.  The award recognizes an outstanding school counselor who exemplifies outstanding achievement in building and delivering a high quality career guidance program educating the academic and employability skill set needs in high demand for 21st century students. The school counselor demonstrates outstanding achievement in serving and supporting career and technology education students.


“I am extremely humbled having been chosen to represent school counselors in the state,” Nero said. “Career development is one of the three domains in which students are served within a comprehensive school counseling program and I am committed to ensure that our students are not only college ready but also career ready and reflective of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate upon high school graduation. This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. In my role of Director of School Counseling, I get the opportunity to lead a team of professionals and collaborate with CTE teachers to ensure that this happens. This recognition is also reflective of them as this would not be possible without their collaborative support.”


Nero will be recognized at the SC Education and Business Summit in Greenville in July.


“Ms. Nero exemplifies what it means to be student-centered,” Principal Dr. Robin Hardy said.  “She advocates, communicates, and celebrates every aspect of Irmo High and has strengthened the effectiveness of our CTE programs. We are thankful for her leadership.”