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Alumna is new president of state school counselors group

A College of Education alumna will soon start as president of the Georgia School Counselor Association.

Tinisha Parker (B.S.Ed. '00, Ed.S. '07, Ph.D. '13), coordinator of advising and counseling for Gwinnett County Public Schools, begins her one-year term July 1. She has been a member of the organization for more than a decade, and has served on the association's leadership team since 2009.

The statewide organization represents, promotes and enhances professional school counseling through events such as an annual conference and professional development opportunities.

During her career, Parker has served as a teacher, course developer and counselor throughout Gwinnett County. Through her experience at the University of Georgia, Parker also learned to get involved with professional organizations.

"I was taught the importance of professional organizations and networks during my counseling program at UGA," she said. "We were required to get involved from the very beginning, and I continued my involvement once I became a practicing counselor."