Nashville, Tenn. — Centerstone, Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral healthcare services, has awarded Andrea Knudsen and Shelley Stephens Teacher/Counselor of the Year honors for outstanding work with their specific programs.
“Andrea and Shelley have gone beyond the call of duty in serving children,” said John Page, senior vice president for child, adolescent and family services for Centerstone. “Their commitment and professionalism are commendable.”
Knudson is an in-home specialist for Centerstone’s Preferred Options program. The Preferred Options program offers intensive, in-home counseling for families who have a child with a serious emotional illness. Knudson has been with Centerstone for two and a half years.
Stephens is a school-based case manager for Centerstone’s school-based counseling program. She has worked for Centerstone since 1995.
Now that Knudson and Stephens have received a local award, they are eligible for nationwide honors through the American Re-Education Association (AREA). It recognizes the contributions of teachers and counselors who work with children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral problems. AREA comprises dozens of member and sponsor agencies that provide mental health services throughout the United States.