Canal Winchester School Counselor Mrs. Beth Hinshaw has been named the 2022 Elementary Counselor of the Year by the Ohio School Counselors Association.
Mrs. Hinshaw is the School Counselor at Indian Trail Elementary, a primary school building serving about 800 students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. She has worked at Canal Winchester Schools for four years and during that time has built a Comprehensive School Counseling Program to support all students in their educational journeys.
“Mrs. Hinshaw has an amazing rapport with the students, staff, parents, and community members,” said Indian Trail Principal Mr. Eric Riddle. “Her positive attitude, engaging personality, compassion, and energy are just a few characteristics that describe the accomplished counselor Beth is. She always put the needs, and best interests, of the students at the forefront of her decision-making.”
Mrs. Hinshaw excels at using data and research to develop programs that foster strong engagement and connection in her students. As a counselor, her role is to support the educational growth of students by addressing wellness and social-emotional health needs through building-wide programs, training for staff, and individual and small-group interventions.
"I feel so honored and humbled to be recognized for doing the work that I love,” said Mrs. Hinshaw. “It is truly a joy to partner with the educators and families in Canal Winchester to provide the best learning environment for all students."
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mrs. Hinshaw and other staff developed the concept of individual regulation boxes for students to use at home when they didn’t have access to the regulation tools they used at school. She helped train homeroom teachers on the use of these tools so they could successfully implement their use during online learning.
Mrs. Hinshaw also oversees mentor programs at Indian Trail called Guys and Ties and Girls and Pearls. Each program connects students with adult mentors, including staff, high school students, and community members. During meetings and events, mentors help the students develop leadership skills and positive skills.
Mrs. Hinshaw will be recognized at the All Ohio Counselors Conference at the Columbus Convention Center at an awards ceremony on October 18.