Campbellsville elementary and middle school Guidance Counselor Beth Wiedewitsch received the Change Award at the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov 13.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith honors three Change Award winners each month, including a certified and classified employee and a community member.
Wiedewitsch, who has been a guidance counselor at Campbellsville Independent Schools for nearly 17 years, received the certified Change Award.
The awards are given based upon six elements, which spell the word Eagles. They include Encouraging and exhibiting Attitudes of Greatness, while Leading with high Expectations to Success.
In reading a letter nominating Wiedewitsch for the award, Smith read, “Mrs. Wiedewitsch, or ‘Mrs. W’ as many of us know her as, is an individual who not only works day in and day out to change the lives of our students, but is a staff member who has embraced the word ‘change’ this year with grace and professionalism.”
Smith said Wiedewitsch had been the guidance counselor at CMS, but is now also a counselor at CES.
With the addition of fourth- and fifth-grade students at CES, Wiedewitsch works at CES and CMS as a guidance counselor.
Sonya Orberson is the CES guidance counselor for preschool through third-grade students.
“This meant for Mrs. W, two offices, two schedules, double the scheduling and double the ARCs, but for the students, it meant consistency with the transition, as well as opportunity for services during the day,” Smith read.
“It was best for students, therefore, Mrs. W did it without hesitation. She has taken a position that would be very difficult to balance for most and done so with grace.”
Smith said that, being the perfectionist that she is, Mrs. W’s working hours very often extend past an eight-hour day and a 40-hour week.
“ … But you would never talk to her into going home because, to her, a job done is not complete unless it’s done right,” Smith read.
“I can’t count the hours or money that she and [her husband] Mark put into her office at CES this summer, adding baseboards and chair rails, paint and drywall to make it just right for her students.
“She truly is in the business to change lives and do what is best for her students despite what the means on her end.”
Wiedewitsch and her husband Mark have two children, including Ryan, a senior at CHS, and Abi, a CHS freshman.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith, at right, honors CES/CMS Guidance Counselor Beth Wiedewitsch with the certified Change Award.