Degrees and Certifications:
Ed. D. in Educational Leadership (in progress) Ed. S. in School Counseling M. Ed. in School Counseling B. M. in Music Education Licensed Professional Counselor (Alabama, #3827) National Certified Counselor
Daniel Birdsong is the second and third grade professional school counselor at Creek View Elementary School (CVES) in Alabaster City Schools. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Alabama (#3827) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
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’ personal/social, 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 classroom guidance, individual and small group counseling, and responsive services. He assists with coordinating community resources to support at-risk students through a variety of programs and services. He is the Section 504 coordinator and is a member of the Problem-Solving Team and Special Education Referral Team. He coordinates the Peer Helpers’ Program through collaboration with the Thompson High School Peer Helpers and provides monthly training and service opportunities to students. He also promotes and advocates for the program as the chair of the CVES Counseling Advisory Committee.
CVES received the Recognition of Accountability, Verification, and Excellence (RAVE) Award for the 2016-2017 school year. This award highlights the program’s specific effect and improvement in the areas of school culture/climate; student achievement in each of the ASCA domains of personal/social, academic, and career development; community partnerships; and parent/guardian involvement. Daniel also received the Asa Sparks Alabama New School Counselor of the Year Award in November 2017, the University of Montevallo Counseling Program 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award in February 2018, and the Alabaster City Schools Counselor of the Year Award in March 2018.
In addition to serving at CVES, Daniel is an adjunct professor at the University of Montevallo teaching Counseling Practicum. He also serves on the Alabama School Counselor Association Executive Board as the Award’s Luncheon and Professional Recognitions Co-Chair and serves on the professional development, bylaws review, and elections committees. Daniel is a member of the University of Montevallo’s 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 two-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.