College and career readiness services - Steps to the Future

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Personal Philosophy

I believe that all students benefit when they plan for their transition from secondary school. Strong, flexible plans based on appropriate information allow students to examine their interests, explore possibilities, and take action to turn dreams into reality. My personal philosophy is that career development and post secondary planning go hand in hand. I believe it is beneficial to students to have an idea of what type of work interests them as they decide on where to continue their education. For example, I knew from an early age that a career in education suited my personality and work values.

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, says, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it”. I believe that I can help students take the steps to bring her sentiments to fruition.

I have more than 30 years experience in education ranging from a social studies teacher to a school counselor at the secondary level to the coordinator of the Rhode Island School Counseling Project (RISCP), a statewide school counseling program. One outcome of the RISCP was the development of the R.I. Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs.  I believe my education and experience benefits students as they plan their post secondary transition.

Working with students is my life’s passion. As a social studies teacher, I enjoyed helping students make the connections between historical events and current events. Just as importantly, I looked forward to chaperoning school dances and other school events because it allowed me to get to know my students outside the classroom. I became a school counselor to honor the school counselors who guided me through secondary school. Later in my career, having the opportunity to assist practicing school counselors develop their programs let me continue to do work that benefited even more students. Now, I have come full circle as an independent educational consultant, providing a direct service to students that assists them with attaining their educational and career aspirations.

Staying Current

As a Professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and a member of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC), I stay current with the trends in the field by attending professional conferences and workshops, participating in webinars, reading professional journals, networking with colleagues, and visiting college campuses.  

Visiting new campuses allows me, as a college counselor, to see what my college bound students may see and experience of the campus culture on a limited basis. Establishing relationships with admission counselors, career development professionals and financial aid experts adds another layer to my resources that goes beyond reading a book or perusing a website. The IECA Spring Conference in May brought me to the campuses of Naropa University, Regis College (2nd visit), the University of Denver, Colorado Christian College, University of Colorado – Boulder, Johnson & Wales University and the Colorado School of Mines (2nd visit). Each college or university has its own flavor, just waiting for students to experience all it has to offer.

Recently, traveling to Rochester, NY for the Colleges of Rochester, NY Tour (CORT), I learned about new programs, construction projects and most importantly, heard from students from Nazareth College, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Rochester and St. John Fisher College.

Lifelong learning doesn’t begin and end on campuses for me. During their hectic travel season, admission counselors are graciously offering information sessions for school counselors and independent educational consultants in between the admission representatives’ visits to high schools across the United States. This travel season, I attended sessions with admission counselors from:

  • Old Dominion University – Tiffany Daniel
  • George Mason University – Tesha Byrne
  • University of Alabama – Rachael Hopewell
  • Lehigh University – Sarah Bombard
  • Kalamazoo College – Marcus Johnson
  • Trinity University – Michaela Knipp

Thank you to these road warriors for making these sessions possible!

When you have a moment, check out my Facebook page to view pictures of the campuses I had the pleasure of touring. Stay tuned for the rest of 2017!