Wayne Central School District counselor Elizabeth Peters recently received an Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.
The award recognizes educational leaders who exemplify the professional work of thousands of outstanding, progressive teachers and innovative educators striving to attain state standards and success for all of their students. Award recipients are career learners and education leaders who are eager to represent the accomplishments and professional work of their colleagues, share their craft, advise policymakers and continue learning.
Winners receive a $5,000 stipend for their continued learning and professional endeavors. Peters plans to use this stipend by funding her trip to Uganda this summer through National Board of Certified Counselors. Peters will meet with leaders of Ugandan counseling efforts and local mental health facilitators, and learn about local mental health needs and resources in a cross-cultural mental health exchange. Participants will travel to various locations to learn about Ugandan culture.
Peters graduated in 1994 as a school counselor. She advocates for students, comprehensive counseling programs and professional development for school counselors, whether it be at the state or national union level, as a NYS School Counselor Association board member and Western NY School Counselors Consortium committee member or as a school counselor at Wayne CSD for 19 years.
Peters said she learned the value of networking early on as one of three school counselors in the entire country of Pakistan while working as a school counselor in the American School of Lahore Pakistan during the mid ‘90s.
She was named Health Care Professional of the Year in 2011 by NYS United Teachers, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 from WNYSCC.