The Academy for College Admission Counseling!
Sue is a retired College Consultant, having spent 45 years in both private
and public education, most recently at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in
Lincolnshire, Illinois. Today, she is a part-time independent educational
consultant and also serves as the Executive Director of the Academy.
Why the Academy? "We
founded The Academy in 1999 to help counselors help their families better
navigate the college search and selection process. Over the years, we have
worked with nearly 2,000 counselors and their students have been better
served because their counselors joined The Academy. I've never worked harder
for or enjoyed any activity more than The Academy!"
Melanie is a retired College Counselor with experience at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois and Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois. She has 30+ years
in education, the majority in college counseling.
Why the Academy?
"I began working with the Academy because this valuable information was generally unavailable when
I started as a new counselor in Central Illinois. It was my way of
giving back in honor of those who helped me along the way. I
continue to work with the Academy because it is truly inspiring to spend
time each summer with high school counselors. I am in awe of the
work that is done by the counselors who participate in the Academy."
Kathy is retired from
Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois after completing 33 years in
Why the Academy?
The Academy is a proven entity that has enabled participants from both the
high school and college sectors do their jobs more effectively. I am
proud to be part of a program than can so directly touch the lives of
students and their families.
Deb is a Post-High School Counselor at New Trier High School in
Winnetka, Illinois. She spent 13 years as a college admission officer and is
in her 15th year as a college counselor.
Why the Academy?
"Of all the professional development
opportunities available, the Academy is the most rewarding to me. Our
students are enthusiastic, student-oriented and invested in their schools,
students and their own growth and development.
| Aliza Gilbert
Aliza is a College Counselor at Highland Park
High School and has also served as an admission officer at Lake Forest
Why the Academy? "As
a new college counselor I relied heavily on my more experienced colleagues
to help guide me through my first few years. This is my opportunity to give
back. I also believe it is vital that new counselors receive the tools to
help them become effective professionals and the Academy is the most
valuable tool out there!"
Patty is the Department
Chair and College Counselor at The University of Chicago Laboratory High
School in Chicago, Illinois. Patty has 16 years' experience in college
Why the Academy? "I am doing the Academy because I realize the
counselor training programs do not include this in their curriculum. If
secondary school counselors want to effectively serve their students, this
information is vital."
Tom is a Post-High School Counselor at
New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. He has also spent time as a
college admissions officer.
Why the Academy? Seven
years ago, the Academy helped lay the foundation for my transition from
college admissions to high school counseling. I remember that the
leadership and comprehensive knowledge of the faculty, the content of the
curriculum and the opportunities to connect with colleagues and learn about
the many facets of college counseling were invaluable. I consider it a
privilege to have a chance to return the favor.
Phil is the College Counselor at Minnetonka High
School in Minnesota. In his 35
years as a counselor, he has worked at four different high schools
(both public and private), including the Illinois Mathematics and Science
Academy. He served as president
of the National Association for College Admission Counseling in 2015-16.
particularly delighted to serve on the faculty of the Academy. Our class
sizes are purposefully small so that we can work closely with the
counselors. I count this professional development opportunity as a
highlight of the summer -- plus it lets me come back to Illinois!
We are proudly sponsored by
Academy for College
6943 Dada Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031
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The Academy for College Admission Counseling is
committed to the principle of equal opportunity. The Academy does not
discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status,
ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its
educational programs and services.