LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Octavia Sutherland

Position: Counselor
School: Villa Rica Middle School
School District: Carroll County Schools
City, State: Temple, GA

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Octavia Sutherland was nominated by an anonymous colleague.

Mrs. Sutherland is the standard of excellence for middle school counselors. Mrs. Sutherland provides guidance by implementing the READY program for 8th grade students. The READY program allows students to participate in a work-based program preparing them for either work, college, or the military after graduation. Mrs. Sutherland has also established a clothing closet, food pantry and backpack program for the students. The two mentor programs she established, Girl Power and Gentlemen Club, allow her school to partner with community mentors for the students. Mrs. Sutherland is not only a school counselor, but she also holds a Master Degree in Community Counseling. Her knowledge helps promote social-emotional wellness for students and staff.


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Comments (9)


Kim Green Posted 1 months ago

Congrats girl!!!! I am so happy for you, you deserve this more than anybody i know. You are at as many sporting event supporting the kids at everything. You are loved by many

Robin Phillips Posted 1 months ago

The kids, teachers, and staff at VRMS are blessed to have you as their advocate and their supporter. You are definitely a LifeChanger, who is so deserving of this honor! All The Best!

Dr. Al Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Sutherland is truly remarkable! She has a strong desire to empower and influence those around her. She is caring, giving, and intelligent. She has family values that encourage her to see the very best in people. She is an outstanding leader and servant to all those around her. Well done impacting the community and making it a better place for all to live.

Pamela Kinnebrew Posted 1 months ago

Octavia Sutherland is an amazing counselor and she goes above and beyond for the students and staff at VRMS. Her passion for meeting the needs od students speaks volumes for her dedication to the students and families. I love working with Mrs. Sutherland and she deserves the nomination.

Mrs. Theri Blackmon Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Sutherland is amazing and she is authentic , caring and approachable as a counselor . I have been blessed to have known her and work closely with her as a mentor. She is very dedicated and caring towards the students. I often tell her how blessed I am and also administration as well as the students to have her at VRMS. I not only Work with her as a mentor but also with the clothing pantry and the food pantry and she is nothing short of a blessing a true blessing. She has been placed at VRMS on assignment, From my Lord and Savior.

Kym Hilbert Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Sutherland is great! Besides her counselor duties, she also serves as the head volleyball coach and head tennis coach. She builds relationships with students and staff that goes far beyond the school building.

Mitch Springer Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Sutherland is a true game changer when it comes to building a positive school culture. She goes above and beyond to ensure that students, parents, and school staff are supported. She implemented a new program for teachers new to our school to ensure that they are getting acclimated and are successful her. She welcomes every student with a smile and hug at bus drop-off and sets their days on a positive path. She has organized a clothing closet, food pantry, and counseling support teams for our school. Also, she alone has doubled our mentor program where we have more than 10 mentors in the building at an given time working with our students. In addition, she's a wonderful volley and tennis coach!

Kristy McCord Posted 1 months ago

I believe that Ms. Sutherland should be The Life Changer of the Year!! She goes above and beyond in her job as our counselor. Ms. Sutherland also coaches sports, our girls’ volleyball team. She supports our students and school community in every aspect of their lives. It is an honor to work with such an inspirational person.

Megan Tobias Posted 1 months ago

Mrs. Sutherland is always willing to lend a helpful hand! She is the first to smile and say hello when I walk into the building and she is always communicating with teachers and students to figure out the best way to serve them! She is truly appreciated! Thank you for all that you do Mrs. Sutherland!