Degrees and Certifications:
EdD in Educational Leadership (in progress) EdS in School Counseling MEd in School Counseling BM in Music Education Licensed Professional Counselor (Alabama, #3827) National Certified Counselor National Certified School Counselor
Daniel Birdsong is the second and third grade school counselor at Creek View Elementary School (CVES) in Alabaster City Schools. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Alabama (#3827), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC).
Daniel earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Music Education and a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from the University of Montevallo. He earned an Educational Specialist degree from Jacksonville State University in School Counseling and is currently pursuing an Educational Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Samford University.
Daniel is passionate about supporting all students’ social/emotional, academic, and career development. By coordinating and implementing a comprehensive counseling program in accordance with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model and Alabama State Plan, Daniel provides developmentally appropriate counseling activities through instruction, appraisal and advisement, and counseling. He assists with coordinating community resources to support at-risk students through a variety of programs and services. He is the Section 504 coordinator for second and third grade and is a member of the Warrior Support Team and Special Education Referral Team. He coordinates the Peer Helpers’ Program through collaboration with the Thompson High School Peer Helpers and provides regular training and service opportunities to students. He also promotes and advocates for the program as the chair of the CVES Counseling Advisory Council.
CVES received the Bronze Recognition of Accountability, Verification, and Excellence (RAVE) Award for the 2016-2017 school year in November 2017. This award highlights the school counseling program’s specific effect and improvement in the areas of school culture/climate; student achievement in each of the ASCA domains of social/emotional, academic, and career development; community partnerships; and parent/guardian involvement. CVES also received the Silver RAVE Award for the 2017-2018 school year in November 2018 and the Gold RAVE Award for the 2018-2019 school year in November 2019. Daniel Birdsong and Rebekah Hughey were recognized by Senator Cam Ward in an Alabama Senate Resolution in October 2019 for their initiative in completing the three-year RAVE Award cycle.
Daniel received the Asa Sparks Alabama New School Counselor of the Year Award in November 2017, the University of Montevallo Graduate Counseling Program 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award in February 2018, the Alabaster City Schools Counselor of the Year Award in March 2018, and the Alabama Counseling Association Emerging Leader Award in November 2018.
In addition to serving at CVES, Daniel is an adjunct instructor at the University of Montevallo teaching Counseling Practicum and School Counseling. He serves on the Alabama Counseling Association Executive Board as the Emerging Leader and on the Alabama School Counselor Association Executive Board as the Awards Luncheon and Professional Recognition Co-Chair as well as serves on the professional development and bylaws review committees. Daniel is a member of the University of Montevallo’s Graduate Counseling Program Advisory Council. Passionate about professional development, Daniel has provided training and presented sessions at the local, district, and state levels.
Daniel lives in Alabaster with his wife, Phebe, and three-year-old daughter, Ruth. In his free time, he enjoys regular evening walks around the neighborhood with his family and visits to Ruth's current favorite place on earth, the Birmingham Zoo.