Sarah Gammans has long helped students at the high school work through academic issues and personal problems. She was recently recognized for her excellence in that work, in being named Counselor of the Year by her colleagues in the West Michigan Counseling Association.
Gammans has been active in the association, a nonprofit dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession in various settings in Kent, Ottawa and Allegan counties. She served on the executive board for several years, including as president during the 2013-14 school years.
She served an internship at Northview High School while pursuing her degree at Western Michigan University, and was the school’s first choice when a position became available, said fellow counselor Dave Witucki.
“What made Sarah such a good choice for this award is the dedication she shows to both the counseling profession and to her students,” Wituckisaid. “She advocates fiercely for her students and guides them through their academic, social and emotional growth.”
Gammans is the fourth Northview Public Schools counselor to receive the award over the past 20 years, Witucki said.