Dr. LeTea Perry, school counselor at Northern High, is the recipient of the Community Woman General Welfare Award, presented by the Washington Section, National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (WSNCNW).
Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Perry as a role model and advocate for our students.”
According to a release by the Washington Section, the Community Woman Award Program was established in 2012 to recognize Section members who have performed above the call of duty to support the organization’s mission programs and activities. In 2018, the Program was expanded to recognize the extraordinary contributions of Community Partners to the mission and the community that they serve. The Community Woman General Welfare Award is presented to a Washington Section member who has been instrumental in educating, informing and raising the awareness of women on critical health, educational, civic and economic issues; advocating for women’s rights; promoting public policy that improves the welfare of women, particularly in underserved areas of the community; and empowering women to make informed choices that positively impact the quality of life for themselves, their families and the community at large. The Community Woman General Welfare Award recipient serves as a role model for civic engagement and social responsibility. Additionally, the Community Woman General Welfare Award recipient has represented the Section to express the concerns on behalf of the Section and the community it serves.
Dr. Perry’s commitment to students and service is evident in all her work. “Acts of service and advocacy,” she said, “are important to my counselor identity as a professional school counselor. At Northern High School (NHS), I co-sponsor the Minority Scholars. This club provides cultural visibility and promotes academic success, community service, goal setting and advocacy for the participants. I also lead by example for my students as a member of Concerned Black Women of Calvert County and as the M.I.L.E. (Minority Institute of Leadership and Excellence) conference co-chair, in an effort to have more impact in the community where I’m employed. I am on the NHS Diversity and Equity Leadership Team and serve as a school counselor representative for the Calvert Education Association. Additionally, I am the third vice president of the Washington Section, National Council of Negro Women and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) School Counseling Advisory Committee for the president of the organization. Giving back, advocacy and inspiring youth is what inspires me.”