Rebecca A Schumacher

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Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management | College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

College & Career Readiness, emphasis on children of poverty & first generation college students                     Preparation of School Counselors and Professional Development
Use of Group Work in Schools                                                                                                                                             





Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Counselor Education.
Concentration: School Counseling.
The University of Maine, Orono, ME

Dissertation: The Use of Group Work in the Integrative Curriculum Model: A Case Study.


Post-Graduate Study in Education.
Concentration: School Counseling and School Administration.                                                                                      

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT                                                                                                                                    


Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in School Counseling.

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT


Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling.
Major: School Counseling.
Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT


Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education.
Major: Elementary.
Specialization: Multicultural Education.       

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN                                                                                                                     



   Dr. Schumacher worked in public education as an elementary teacher in Indiana, and professional school counselor and district level administrator in Connecticut before earning her Ed.D. in Counselor Education, specializing in School Counseling, at the University of Maine.  Her public education experiences have been devoted to working with urban and underserved populations.  Previously on faculty with the SOAR Program, she served on faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston before returning to UNF as full time faculty.

   Involved in local and state-wide advocacy for school counselors and college access and career readiness for every school level student and family, she sits annually on the College Goal Sunday Steering Committee for the Jacksonville area, and works on the First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative.  She previously served as President and currently is a Board of Director for the Florida School Counselor Association. 

   She has facilitated small group counseling at every school level, supervised school counseling candidates in predominately urban schools, and consulted with school counselors and principals on a myriad of issues.  She has conducted over 100 presentations, authored on supervision, service learning and urban students, group work, and school counseling preparation, as well as conducted trainings with schools and their counselors in Alabama, Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Maine on use of data to develop comprehensive counseling programs.  

   October 2015, she was one of four professionals from Florida selected to representative the state at the White House for the White House FAFSA Summit.      


Finalist in Education for the Florida Times Union Annual EVE Award for achievements to improve the Jacksonville Community. Selected June 2015.  

School Counselor Educator Coalition Fellow of the National Center for Transforming School Counseling, The Education Trust. Selected June 2012.



American School Counselor Association

Florida School Counselor Association

Association for Middle Level Education

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Phi Delta Kappa

Phi Lambda Theta

First Coast Counseling Association


Grants and Contracts Awarded

2015 Pi Lambda Theta Georgia Sachs Adam Grant, $1,000.00

2014 Dean's Education Advisory Council Faculty Initiative Grant, College of Education $3,000.00 

2004-2005 Project Leader for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. (GEAR UP Grant Initiative, $87,480). University of North Florida in partnership with the Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL.

1999-2005 Co-Project Leader for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. (GEAR UP Grant Initiative, $420,000,00)


Publications & Presentations

Schumacher, R.A., Worsowicz, N., Shook, J. & Stone, C. (2015 June, July). Creating a culture of collaboration: The Journey ASCA School Counselor Magazine. American School Counselor Association.

Schumacher, R.A. (2015). Certified School Counseling Bill. SB 1162/HB 1045. Drafted and accepted for Florida Legislative Action. Legislative Session 2016.

Schumacher, R.A. & Ache, L. (2014). Collaboration with administration and teachers: Developing value and support for classroom guidance. In Delucia-Waack, J., Mercurio, S., Korta, K., Maertin, F., Colvin,E., Martin, L., Zawadzki, C. Giambrone (Eds.), School counselors share their favorite classroom guidance activities: A guide to choosing, planning, conducting, and processing (p. 13-24) Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Schumacher, R.A. & Glicksteen, S.G. (2013). Supervision and school counseling: Essential practice. In B.J. Page, M.J. Jencius, & C.M. Smith, Eds. Elements of supervision: Teachings, reflections, and resources. Kent, OH: Counseling

Wilczenski, F.L., Schumacher, R.A., & Cook, A. (2010). School counseling principles:
    Mentoring and supervising. Alexandria, VA: American School Counselor Association.

Over 100 Presentations






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