School coun­selor wins Ed­u­ca­tor of Distinc­tion award

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

An area pub­lic high school ed­u­ca­tor was re­cently rec­og­nized for her work with stu­dents and the mark she has left on many grad­u­ates’ lives, a feat that can­not be dis­puted as one of her stu­dents had to nom­i­nate her.

Francene Break­field, se­nior coun­selor at New­ton High School, was selected as a Claes No­bel Ed­u­ca­tor of Distinc­tion by the Na­tional So­ci­ety of High School Schol­ars (NSHSS).

“I am to­tally hon­ored be­cause it was very un­ex­pected,” Break­field said. “A lot of awards don’t in­clude coun­selors — they are only for teach­ers — so it’s def­i­nitely nice to be rec­og­nized.”

Stu­dent mem­bers of NSHSS have the op­por­tu­nity to nom­i­nate the ed­u­ca­tor who made the most sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to their aca­demic ca­reer. The Claes No­bel Ed­u­ca­tor of Distinc­tion award rec­og­nizes role mod­els who have made a last­ing dif­fer­ence in their class­room by en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to strive for ex­cel­lence.

Mari­cruz Ramos, a stu­dent at New­ton High School, nom­i­nated Break­field for be­ing a role model to pupils and for out­stand­ing ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence in the class­room, ac­cord­ing to a NSHSS press re­lease.

Break­field said Ramos at­tended

“I am to­tally hon­ored be­cause it was very un­ex­pected. A lot of awards don’t in­clude coun­selors — they are only for teach­ers — so it’s def­i­nitely nice to be rec­og­nized. ” — Francene Break­field, se­nior coun­selor at New­ton High School, Ed­u­ca­tor of Distinc­tion win­ner

the New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy and would stop by her of­fice al­most ev­ery day on the way to the bus. Break­field helped Ramos ap­ply for the New­ton Med­i­cal Schol­ar­ship she won to pur­sue a de­gree in the med­i­cal field at Clay­ton State Univer­sity.

“I just do it for the love of the kids. I love work­ing with se­niors and help­ing them get scholarships,” said Break­field, who is go­ing into her 18th year of coun­sel­ing.

“Ded­i­cated ed­u­ca­tors who ex­hibit a com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence de­serve our high­est praise and ap­pre­ci­a­tion,” said NSHSS Pres­i­dent James W. Lewis. “We’re ex­cited to pro­vide an on­go­ing means to do so, and we en­cour­age our stu­dent mem­bers to nom­i­nate teach­ers and coun­selors who have con­trib­uted to their aca­demic suc­cess.”

NSHSS was formed in 2002 by Lewis and Claes No­bel, se- nior mem­ber of the fam­ily that es­tab­lished the No­bel Prizes. Cur­rently, there are more than 950,000 NSHSS mem­bers in 160 coun­tries.

Break­field can now nom­i­nate stu­dents for scholarships through NSHSS, which she said made her es­pe­cially happy to re­ceive this award as “my stu­dents ben­e­fit, too.”

“Dr. Francene Break­field is an out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tor who has a true pas­sion for stu­dents,” said Craig Lock­hart, deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of schools for New­ton County School Sys­tem. “She has helped count­less young men and women achieve their aca­demic goals, and this recog­ni­tion is a tes­ti­mony to her com­mit­ment to chil­dren. We com­mend Dr. Break­field for her su­pe­rior work and her ded­i­ca­tion to the stu­dents of the New­ton County School Sys­tem.

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