Palmetto’s Boozer named SC School Counselor of the Year

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rezIMG_7083Jeff Boozer, Counselor at Palmetto High School in Anderson School District 1, has been named the 2012-2013 South Carolina State School Counselor of the Year. He was also named the Pendleton Region Barbara H. James School Counselor of the Year for 2012-2013.

Boozer presently serves as the Freshman Academy Counselor Boozer is currently serving the students at Palmetto in his 15th year. He served his first 7 years at Palmetto in teaching US History, AP US History, AP Psychology, and World History and World Regional Geography in the Freshman Academy.

He also coached C Team Basketball, JV Basketball, and Varsity Basketball and Soccer. He then moved in to the administrative role of Freshman Academy Guidance Counselor, where he has served the last 8 years.

Boozer has also served as Lead Advisor for the PHS Student Council. You may have noticed he is also an avid outdoorsman by the many years of camping on the top of, and out in front of the high school.

Boozer is the Relay for Life Team Co-Leader and has camped out at the school over the past 6 years, assisting with raising $45,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Boozer demonstrates sincere interest in career guidance and uses resources to generate interest and provide a variety of valuable opportunities for inspiring young minds. Heassists in scheduling students, grade reporting, student Individual Graduation Plans, CAPS conferences, individual and group counseling, testing, and much more.

Six years ago, Boozer implemented the Senior Project concept for students in the senior level English. The Senior Project includes topic selection, research papers, job shadowing, hands on projects, and presentation.

Boozer was invited to present this initiative at the SCASA Innovative Ideas Conference in June, 2013. He has also presented at NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) Conventions in Atlanta and San Francisco, and SREB (Southern Regional Educational Board) conferences in Louisville and Nashville as well as the Education and Business Summit in Greenville.

Boozer has served as a consultant to the SC Department of Education High Schools That Work Technical Review Visit Team Leader from July 2007 to present.

He is presently working on a Masters in Education in Administration and Supervision and will graduate in December, 2013.

Boozer was the Palmetto High School Teacher of the Year in 2006-2007 and an Anderson School District 1 Teacher of the Year finalist.