Pikesville Guidance Counselor to be Honored at White House

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A local high school guidance counselor will be received at the White House by the offices of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and the American School Counselor Association.

Jeremy Goldman, school counseling department chair at Pikesville High School, was named one of the 16 national semifinalists for the ASCA’s National School Counselor of the Year awards program. Goldman, now in his fourth year at Pikesville, was the winner of the 2014 Maryland School Counselor Association’s School Counselor of the Year award at the high school level. He serves as the president of the MSCA. Goldman lives in Lutherville and is a member of Temple Oheb Shalom.

The semifinalists, among them two other Maryland counselors, will be honored at a White House ceremony on Friday followed by a black-tie gala hosted by the ASCA.

This is not Goldman’s first brush with the first family. At the ASCA annual conference last summer, the first lady called him out by name.

“Well, Jeremy noticed that hardly any African-American students in his school were enrolling in AP classes, so his counseling team worked with teachers and the principal and created an action plan to close this gap,” she said. “And today, both enrollment and test scores are up for African-American students in his school.”

Goldman, who will be attending the gala with his wife Emily, is glad for the publicity just ahead of National School Counseling Week, which begins on Monday.

“I think that having that recognition on public school counselors shows that students in public schools have just as much opportunity to attend competitive colleges,” said Goldman. “[Guidance counselors] can be proactive and reach out to all students and help all students achieve their goals.”
— Melissa Apter

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