The Rhode Island School Counselor Association announces Sarah Metro as the

 2020 RI School Counselor of the Year! 

The Rhode Island School Counselor Association (RISCA) is pleased to announce that Mrs. Sarah Metro is the Rhode Island School Counselor of the Year. This award, given in memory of counselor and educator Arthur Tartaglione, honors a leader in program implementation who also performs outstanding service to the school and community in the counseling field.

Mrs. Metro, a school counselor at the Ponaganset High School and has earned the trust, respect, and admiration of her students, staff, faculty, administrators, and school community.  Leading the charge in rethinking Ponaganset’s counseling curriculum, Metro and her team work tirelessly to provide all students with a safe environment that promotes personal inquiry and growth, social responsibility, and academic success. Metro shares, “We focus on the development of individual students by challenging and inspiring them through a relevant and personalized comprehensive school counseling program.”

A consummate professional, Metro has advocated for additional counselors at the high school level in order to improve student-counselor ratios and increase focus on middle to high school transition. She was essential in developing Start Strong, an equitable data driven freshman transition program that teaches students new to the high school how to address assignments, prioritize their time and build confidence in staying organized and prepared. Additionally, Mrs. Metro is the driving force behind the initiative for the Student Success Center ensuring students, parents, colleagues and community members have a welcome environment to serve as a common place to learn about things like school-wide initiatives, college and career readiness and post-secondary options.

Mrs. Metro, co-author of Ponaganset’s College and Career Readiness Handbook, also plays an important role in the Diversity in Action working group and the school’s Student Support Team. She serves as a Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Specialist/ Educator and has spearheaded the efforts to revamp her department’s community and student outreach by holding multiple college readiness workshops for students, facilitating parent informational coffee hours and night sessions and providing focused attention on Financial Aid completion.

According to Metro’s colleagues, “It has been an extreme honor to work with someone who is so dedicated and seeks to strongly advocate for all students, their needs, as well as her desires to work toward developing our department and our curriculum into one that exemplifies the best of what a School Counselor can offer to our district. Her commitment to the development of a strong, comprehensive, data driven, School Counseling Curriculum is unwavered.” And she does it all with calmness and confidence while keeping relationship building at the core.

For Sarah Metro it's simple, “ [Our department] follows the mission of our high school's mission: Empower future-ready graduates with passion, purpose, and proficiency to Start Here and Go Big!