Standridge named Alabama counselor of the year

Karron Standridge with some of her Hayden High students

Karron Standridge with some of her Hayden High students

Karron Standridge doesn’t want the limelight on her. She’s much better at serving others than being served. She says it’s the way God made her.

“I love helping people,” she says. “I believe my place on this Earth is to serve others, and that’s what counselors do.”

And she does it well. So well, in fact, that she was named the high school counselor of the year by the Alabama School Counseling Association.

Standridge has been the Hayden High School counselor for 12 years now, but before that she coached several sports while teaching at West End High School for 13 years.

“Counseling is a lot like coaching,” she says.“As a coach, you guide athletes through difficulties, do career counseling, help apply for scholarships, and assist teenagers in becoming responsible young adults. While I was coaching, I knew I wanted to be a counselor one day, and I believe I have followed God’s plan for my life, and although it is highly stressful, it is extremely rewarding.”

Standridge was nominated for the honor by three educators in Blount County – Blount County assistant superintendent Dr. Stoney Beavers, Blountsville Elementary counselor Stacey Hammond, and Cleveland High counselor Amy Wilemon .

In the beginning of October, Standridge received an email congratulating her on her win.

“I felt so honored,” she said. “There are so many great counselors in this county alone and so many more across the state. I don’t like to be the center of attention, but Dr. Beavers encouraged me because of the great impact it can have on our Blount County schools, and that’s something I am passionate about.”