RFH’s David Frick receives Counselor of the County Award

October 8th, 2013

David Frick

At the “Counselor of the County” Celebration Luncheon held on May 22 at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, RFH Guidance Counselor Dave Frick receives his award from New Jersey School Counselor Association Board Member Bruce Marich, who nominated him for the honor.



RFH Guidance Counselor Dave Frick Receives “Counselor of the County” Honor

Rumson — “I truly believe in going above and beyond what is required for membership in any organization, and that what is accomplished outside of the school building is important for students as well,” says Dave Frick, Guidance Counselor at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

Frick has been named this year’s “Counselor of the County” by the New Jersey School Counselor Association, Inc. (NJSCA) for his dedication to his calling as a guidance counselor, as well as his involvement in and contributions to noteworthy state and national organizations. Frick was nominated for the Counselor of the County award by Bruce Marich, Director of Recruitment Services at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft and a Member of the Board of New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC).

An active member of the NJSCA and NJACAC as well as the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Frick has been a key player in a number of initiatives. He has presented at the NACAC Spring National College Fair held at the NJ Convention and Expo Center in Edison, and at the NJACAC Annual State Conference in Long Branch. He has also served on the NJACAC State Conference Planning Committee.

In addition, Frick has served on the Naviance Users Group as well as given a presentation to high school counselors on how to most effectively utilize Naviance. 

Naviance is a widely used online system enhancing college and career preparation for guidance counselors, students, and parents including those at RFH. Frick’s Naviance presentation was held at Ocean County College and attended by counselors from throughout New Jersey.

Frick is also the author of a highly regarded open letter that appeared in the November 2012 Bulletin of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC). 

Entitled “Mr. Frick, We Are NOT HOMELESS!”, it was written when Frick was a School Counselor at Middletown High School North. The article discusses the emotional upheaval dealt to students and their families by Hurricane Sandy and the process of trying to move forward in the aftermath of the devastation. Frick’s writing stirred NACAC readers to action and brought attention and donations to students and their families living in the Bayshore area.

Writing and reporting is natural for Frick, who worked in television news for a few years prior to deciding that his true calling was in the field of education. After writing and reporting for an NBC affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina, he helped to start up the 24-hour cable television news channel “News 12 New Jersey.”  Disheartened by the television reporting business, Frick made the fateful decision to interview for a position teaching television production at his alma mater, Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey.

After his stint at Columbia High School, Frick taught at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge and then returned to Columbia High School as a Guidance Counselor. When Frick and his wife realized that their two young daughters were falling in love with the Jersey Shore, he pursued the Guidance Counselor position at Middletown North in order to move the family closer to the ocean. Frick has since joined the staff at RFH, where he has been a Guidance Counselor since March 2013.

Frick is grateful for the opportunities and support he experienced at Columbia High School, Ridge High School, and Middletown North, and is excited to be working at RFH and with Supervisor of Guidance Fran Swift.

“Working for Fran is like being coached by Vince Lombardi,” he said. “The students and staff have been fantastic about welcoming me, and I can’t thank them enough.”

The “Counselor of the County” Celebration Luncheon was held at New Jersey City University in Jersey City on May 22. Frick will also be honored by the Monmouth County Counselors Association, of which he is also an active member, on June 6.

Frick pointed out that at the May 22 celebration, one of his colleagues made an observation that summed up how he views the winning of awards. “He said that none of us entered this profession for the plaque or the glory,’ said Frick. “We are guidance counselors because we truly enjoy working with high school students and helping them reach their full potential.”

Frick received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Ithaca College in central New York, his Counselor Certification from Kean University in Union, and his Master of Arts in Educational Administration at the University of Phoenix.

Frick, who officiates high school boys’ lacrosse and college football, resides in Wall with his wife and two young daughters.


Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations

mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885

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