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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

Membership in professional organizations such as the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) and the National Career Development Association (NCDA) keep me 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.  

How did I spend my summer vacation? Glad you asked! Taking advantage of tours coordinated by the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC) and the Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (MOACAC),  I rode the bus this summer visiting 7 campuses in NJ and another 8 in Missouri, the Show Me State. In addition to learning about new programs, physical changes to the campuses and ways students earn scholarships, we had some fun with hands-on learning. For example, we made calamine lotion at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Take a moment to view pictures of the campuses I had the pleasure of touring. Stay tuned for the rest of 2018!