Sumner Hill counselor wins statewide award

Sumner Hill Junior High School Counselor Heather Norton is the Mississippi Counseling Association’s School Counselor of the Year.

“Mrs. Norton does a fantastic job at Sumner Hill,” said Principal Christie Claxton. “All the programs and activities she coordinates have students’ best interest at heart. She makes a tremendous impact on every child that comes through our halls.”

The award recognizes a school counselor for outstanding service and achievement in the field of school counseling. To be eligible, nominees must hold a master’s degree in counseling, be a member of the Mississippi Counseling Association for a minimum of three years, possess the personal qualities thought to be desirable in a professional counselor, and be currently employed as a school counselor.

The award is based on the extent to which the nominee may have been responsible for bringing about innovations in their school counseling program and the provision of leadership in the further development of existing counseling services or the performance of outstanding counseling services to their school.

Norton has served as Sumner Hill’s school counselor for 16 years, and has been an educator for 23 years.

“I’m honored to receive such an outstanding award,” she said. “I am so glad to represent Sumner Hill and the Clinton Public School District. Our counseling program strives to identify critical educational needs of our students and is always advancing to implement our district’s vision, which is ‘Excellence is the Only Option.’”


Heather Norton, Sumner Hill Junior High School counselor, is the Mississippi Counseling Association’s School Counselor of the Year.

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