Sulkowski Honored As Top Regional Counselor

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Ste. Genevieve High School counselor Kelly Sulkowski just received a prestigious honor.

Sulkowski was recognized by the Southeast Missouri School Counselors Association as the regional secondary school counselor of the year.

“I was touched to find out that I had been chosen for this recognition,” Sulkowski said in a prepared statement from the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District.

“I was completely shocked,” she said. “I have an incredible team — our counseling department, our administration and staff, the grade-level teachers we work with — and I want to thank all of them for their constant support.”

Sulkowski also expressed gratitude to the staff for embracing new initiatives, as well as the students.

“Being able to work with students in this role is so fulfilling,” Sulkowski noted. “When I see a student in the hallway after we have worked through and resolved an issue, and check in to see they they’re doing well and thriving, it makes my day.”

This is Sulkowski’s 20th year in the district, and her third year as a school counselor.

She is the 10th- and 11th-grade counselor, organizes testing for end-of-course examinations and the Armed Services vocational aptitude battery.

Sulkowski coordinates summer leadership camps for sophomore and juniors.

One of her priorities over the past few years has been her work with process coordinator Jami Drury — bridging the gap with workforce development for students at the high school by helping them with internship opportunities.

“Kelly has been integral part of created student-centered discussions,” SGHS assistant principal Dr. John Boyd said in the press release, “and her caring and compassionate demeanor make her a very valuable member of our team.”

Sulkowski has worked at the forefront since the district adopted a “blended schedule” due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. She put together a plan to help struggling students, the district reported.