“Felice is very proud of her role in enabling children to reach their academic potential, by supporting their emotional well-being.”

Felice Kassoy, Counselor, Upper Arlington Schools

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The following story was shared by Upper Arlington Schools in selecting Felice Kassoy as a 2017 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator. 

As a school counselor, Felice is very proud of her role in enabling children to reach their academic potential, by supporting their emotional well-being. An example is her work over the last three decades with the YES (Youth Education for Safety) Program. Through collaboration with elementary school counselors across the district, this program empowers students to feel safe and provides opportunities for them to build social and emotional competencies. Felice also works with more than 15 affinity groups at Wickliffe Elementary School that are designed to support children in areas such as adoption, allergies, social skills, anxiety, gender identity, divorce, and other emerging areas of need. Felice also provides monthly classroom lessons to teach concepts of social justice, such as inclusion, diversity constructs, and equity. Felice works to promote the profession by serving as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University and as a site supervisor for intern and practicum masters-level students.