Mrs. Barbara Wilkerson was recently chosen as Access Counselor of the Year, which is a tremendous honor for both her and Foley High School. I asked her some questions about Access Counselors and her job at Foley High School.
What is an Access Counselor?
Access Counselors are responsible for registering students for all access classes and following up with students to keep up with their grades. We also provide students and parents information about how their student(s) are doing in the access class.
When the school has technical difficulties, the Access Counselor calls a school, like Troy University for example, reporting tech. issues if any problems occur during school hours. Say a student needs an app. or another tool to help them on their laptop and it doesn’t appear, I have to contact an IT person.
How long have you been a counselor at Foley High School?
I’ve been a counselor for four years at Foley High School, and I’m finishing my fifth year.
How did you feel about being chosen for this award?
I feel awesome and special, but I’m mostly proud and honored.
What are something the challenges counselors go through in a day?
Trying to make sure seniors are where they need to be and ready to receive their diploma.
How did they decide on who the winner of the award would be?
Someone has to nominate the person and write a bibliography on who they chose. The officials who choose the winner have to look at all of the other counselors that have been nominated in the state of Alabama. However, the chosen person is invited to the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center to get honored with a plaque.