2019 Counselor of the County

It is with great pleasure that the Somerset County School Counselors Association (SCSCA) announces that they have selected Hillsborough Township's


Jessica Smedley, Director of School Counseling

2018-2019 School Counselor of the Year


Ms. Smedley was selected from a vetting process at the county level that looked for the following items. 

  • The applicant must demonstrate evidence of implementation of a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program (such as the ASCA National Model®) and have been responsible for school counseling innovations or further development of programs supporting students' career, personal/social and academic development.

  • The applicant must demonstrate leadership and collaboration in his or her work and promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student achievement. Applicants must also demonstrate collaboration with stakeholders. The activities or accomplishments recognized must have taken place within the previous five years.

  • The applicant must demonstrate continual professional development as well as proof of advocacy for the professional and/or students.

  • The applicant must have the ability and skills necessary to represent the school counseling in a professional manner, including but not limited to high-quality written communication and public-speaking skills.

  • The applicant should maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and recognize that his/her personal conduct is held up to public scrutiny. Applicants strive to be model citizens of their community as well as the school counseling community and their broader professional community. They maintain high moral standards in their personal and professional conduct.

It is our belief that Ms. Smedley exemplifies the above criteria.


Ms. Smedley's information will be forwarded to the New Jersey School Counselor Association (NJSCA), where she will now be considered among other county recipients as the New Jersey School Counselor of the Year 2019.

Congratulations Jessica Smedley!

Past Winners:

2018: Dierdra Kea



Lara Drewes, President