Title: Guidance Counselor (Retired)
Location: Port Orange, Florida, United States
Dorothy A. Taylor Smalbein, Retired Guidance Counselor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in group counseling.
Coming from a family of teachers, Ms. Smalbein always knew she wanted to work in an academic setting. She first pursued an education at St. Lawrence University, completing various coursework before attending the University of Central Florida. In 1971, she graduated with a Bachelor of Education. In the following years, Ms. Smalbein worked as a substitute teacher at Pine Trail Elementary School prior to returning to the university. In 1978, she earned a Master of Education in counseling.
Ms. Smalbein was hired as a guidance counselor at Pine Trail Elementary School in 1978. In her role, she organized various Pine Trail workshops and parenting groups. She additionally founded the “Terrific Kid Program,” which is still functioning today. Throughout her career, Ms. Smalbein was able to make a difference in the lives of so many children, whether it be from a simple conversation or a program she facilitated. In 2000, she retired after 22 years of demonstrating success in her position.
Outside of her primary role, Ms. Smalbein was an active member of her professional community. She held memberships to numerous organizations including the Florida School Counselors Association, the Florida Association for Counseling and Development, and the Volusia Association for Counseling and Development. In light of her accomplishments, in 1979, the Volusia County Counselors presented her with their Outstanding Service Award. More recently, in 2019, she became a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. As a further testament to her success, Ms. Smalbein is featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who of American Women, as well as the third edition of Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals.
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