XENIA — Greene County Career Center guidance counselor Janet Baughn was recognized on Dec. 4 by the Association for Career and Technical Education with the 2014 Region I Career Guidance Award at the organization’s national conference in Las Vegas.
Baughn, who has worked at Greene County Career Center since 1992 as a teacher, administrator and counselor, was one of five finalists competing for the national title. The ACTE Career Guidance Award recognizes school counselors and career development professionals who are making significant contributions in career and technical education programs in their communities and/or states and have made significant contributions to advocate, education and communicate the value of career-technical education as a viable career option to a high school and adult students.
As a career pathway counselor, Baughn was the center of several innovative programs to improve the services offered to the students at Greene County Career Center. She was instrumental in the decision to make the center a “High Schools That Work” site and volunteered to serve as the local coordinator of the initiative for 11 years.
As a literacy team leader, she brought Collins Writing, MAX Reading Strategies, the Drop Everything and Read program and a staff reading club to Greene County Career Center - strategies to help student success that are still utilized. She also coordinated training on differentiated instruction, for which she received positive feedback from teachers about how the training changed their classroom practices.
Under Baughn’s leadership, the career center was recognized as one of the top schools in Ohio offering additional help to students.
“The ability to adapt, to organize and to lead with enthusiasm has allowed Janet to gain the respect of students, as well as the respect and admiration of professional educators, parents and community leaders throughout the county and state,” said Greene County Career Center Superintendent Dan Schroer. “She continues to foster strong partnerships with the school districts we serve and promotes our programs to students of all ages.”
The guidance award, in its second year, is sponsored by Kuder Inc., a provider of online solutions for career planning.
Baughn is a native and resident of Centerville.