Gist visits PHS bearing Golden Apple for counselor Phillips

Dr. Lynn Krizic, Principal Robert Littlefield and Patrice Wood

PHS Guidance Councilor Erin Phillips (second from left) holds her Golden Apple Award surrounded by, from left, Superintendent of Schools Lynn Krizic, Education Commissioner Debora Gist, Principal Robert Littlefield and Patrice Wood

PORTSMOUTH — Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist and WJAR’s Patrice Wood showed up at Portsmouth High School’s front door at 10:30 Wednesday morning with a camera crew for a surprise visit.

“They were here to present our guidance counselor, Ms. Erin Phillips, with a Golden Apple Award for excellence in the teaching profession,” said Principal Robert Littlefield. “Along with a nice Golden Apple trophy, she also received a $250 grant from Hasbro to aid her in her work.”

Ms. Phillips was nominated for this award by the family of one of her students.

“She is a tireless advocate for her kids, gives great counseling advice, and is always available to students, teachers, and families. We are lucky to have her. Congratulations Ms. Phillips!” Mr. Littlefield said.