From Salem City Schools: The Salem City School Division is pleased to announce that Regina Meredith has been named the Counselor of the Year by the Virginia Counselors Association. The announcement was made early this afternoon at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, the site of the organization’s annual convention. “It is an honor to be recognized as the Virginia Counselor of the Year,” says Meredith, Salem High School’s Counseling Coordinator. “I love coming to work each day, and I am so thankful to be surrounded by administration and staff who support my work in serving the families and students of Salem High.” This award was established by the organization in 1981 to recognize a member of the Virginia Counselor’s Association who has spent the majority of his or her career in guidance or counseling.
Meredith has been a guidance counselor in the Virginia Public School system since 2000. “Regina is an exemplary educator and her work ethic, her professionalism, her innovation and, most importantly, her love for and service to others are models for both students and her colleagues,” says Scott Habeeb, Salem High School Principal. “Without a doubt, we meet the needs of Salem’s young people more effectively as a result of Regina Meredith’s influence on our school.” Meredith earned her bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from Radford University. She began her education career teaching English at Carroll County High School in 1977, and she also worked in Hillsville, Roanoke and Christiansburg as a Special Education teacher. While at Christiansburg, she also taught English and began her counseling career there in 2000. Meredith joined the staff at Salem High School in 2005 and in 2012 she was named the high school’s teacher of the year. She also is a National Board Certified Teacher who was named the Roanoke Area Counseling Association’s Member of the Year in 2014. “Every school needs a Regina Meredith,” says Habeeb. “She is the calm and experienced veteran who never stops getting better and who never strays from our mission of loving and serving the young people of Salem.”