As a non-profit organization, CTCL is dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. Our mission is to help students frame their search beyond the ratings and rankings and to find a college that cultivates a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college.
The "Counselors That Change Lives" award recognizes those whose dedication to the college counseling profession reflects the mission of CTCL. Their tireless work does not go unrecognized and this program is our way of acknowledging all that they do to help students and families on a daily basis.
|2013 Counselors That Change Lives|
|Jennifer FitzPatrick, Columbus Academy, OH
The nomination included these statements about Jen: "Jennifer's approach to college counseling embodies the spirit that drives the CTCL philosophy. Her vast knowledge and experience—from working both sides of the desk—combined with her steadfast dedication to her students, make her stand out in a field of talented professionals. One story typifies the level of service Jennifer dedicates to her students, in helping them find the best fit institution: During her tenure at Sewickley Academy, she personally accompanied one of her first-generation students on a tour to several colleges and upon the student's enrollment in college, she made repeated visits to monitor the student's transition and overall well-being on campus. While many counselors provide personal guidance on finding that 'best-fit' school, Jennifer has always gone that extra mile to make sure her students land where they should. Going above and beyond the call of duty has always been a part of Jennifer's work ethic, and countless lives have been transformed over the years as a result of her dedication and genuine care for her students."
|Timothy Gibson, St. George's Independent School, TN
Words of praise were used to describe Timothy during the nomination process: "Timothy is truly a counselor that changes lives. He embraces the CTCL philosophy and exposes his students to options that they didn't know existed. He works hard to get to know his students so that he can help guide them to colleges that are a strong fit, regardless of rating or popularity and he wants his students to understand that there isn't just one perfect fit out there. He helps students recognize that they can be happy at many places. Timothy’s honesty is one of his many strong qualities, and students know that Timothy will be diplomatic but honest. He prepares them for reality through the admission process, something for which they are grateful on May 1.
"Timothy has a passion for serving all types of students through the college search. Working for an excellent private school in Memphis, many of his students need his guidance during the search but their grades and resumes will speak for themselves through the admission process. But, his service to the college counseling community is not limited to the students at St. George's. He continues to chair the local committee for the NACAC College Fair in Memphis, which serves many students who don't have the benefit of interacting with admission representatives at their high schools. In helping coordinate the event, he encourages the committee members to think about how to spread the word to as many students as possible, including outreach to community groups and religious organizations. Under his leadership, Memphis area students have been able to interact with a record number of participating colleges. Timothy is changing lives at St. George’s and throughout the Memphis community."
|Kelly Herrington, University Prep, WA|
These statements from the nomination process were used to describe Kelly: "After working with multiple students from University Prep, it is clear that Kelly Herrington is a college counselor who develops incredible rapport with his students and is genuinely focused on helping students find a college or university that is a good personal fit. Whether it is leading a program for University Prep students to Samoa or India, founding and serving as director of Camp College, a three-day early intervention camp for first-generation students, or simply having meaningful conversations with students in his office, it is clear that Kelly has made his position about much more than being a college counselor—he is a central figure in the University Prep community and is a wonderful mentor and friend for the students he works with. Kelly has clearly made a deep impact on the students he works with and is truly a counselor that changes lives!"
|Elisabeth Marksteiner, International School of Zug and Luzern, Switzerland|
In writing about Elisabeth, the nomination included the following remarks: "Elisabeth is a matchmaker and is committed to ensuring students find the right fit for their college choice. Her careful assessments of students' learning styles and personalities create diverse opportunities for her students to investigate in making their college match. Her commitment to the CTCL-type of schools is unquestionable, as she encourages students to evaluate themselves and their aspirations in thoughtful ways, and helps to create a class of students that choose colleges based on themselves, not on a ranking. That commitment doesn't end upon graduation. Elisabeth is engaging with colleagues in educational systems around the world to discuss retention challenges and what college counselors and admission representatives can do to make sure we find the right fit for every student."
|Gretchen Parks, Academy of the Sacred Heart, MI|
This strong endorsement was from Gretchen’s nomination process: “Gretchen eats, drinks and sleeps CTCL, recommending many member colleges and others to her students at ASH. She has championed the CTCL tour, and 'pestered' Jim Zielinski at Beloit College for months to propose having a stop in the Detroit area. When the CTCL Board included Detroit in the 2012 schedule, she wrote news releases, secured counselor support and buy-in, and made sure her own families were informed and attended the event. Gretchen knows that CTCL colleges are great fits for her students who have thrived with small classes and direct, supportive instruction. Gretchen is a hands-on counselor who has great rapport with her students and staff; she has also chaired the NACAC College Fair Detroit Committee for years, and is Co-Chair of the Michigan ACT Council. She's involved, passionate, talented and determined to help her students find the best fit."
|Robert Zapotocky, The Galloway School, GA|
|These statements about Bob were included in the nomination process: "Bob is the type of counselor you hope your own children will have. Mr. Z, as he is affectionately known, keeps the kind of office you might just like to prop your feet up in and have a long chat while reclining in the well-worn couch. Bob doesn't create lists of colleges; he presents challenges and adventures for his students. With one of the most diverse matriculation lists, his students are clearly focusing on fit, investigating both name brand schools along with lesser known college options. He pushes his students to ask tough questions about what they need and want in a college and presents opportunities for exploration. The commitment to fit comes so easily to him, I'm not sure that he actually knows how well he does it. If there was ever someone who made sure every student knew that the college search was about him/her, it is Bob."|
|2012 Counselors That Change Lives|
Helen Berger, Houston Preparatory Academy, TX
Anne Cochran, Charter High School of the Arts--Multimedia and Performing, CA
Emily Colman, Brooklyn Latin School, NY
Melanie Drake, Whitfield School, MO
Janet Glovinsky, Denver Center for International Studies, CO
Donald Kamentz, Direct of College Initiatives, YES Prep, TX
Crys Latham, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC
Emmanuel Manu, W.E.B. Dubois High School/CollegeBound Foundation of Baltimore, MD
Diana Olivarez, Camino Nuevo Charter High School, CA
Terry Ullram, Watkinson School, CT
|2011 Counselors That Change Lives|
Emily Berty, Kirkwood High School, MO
Steffanie Gentile, Clark Montessori (public magnet), OH
Daniel Gin, Niles West High School, IL
Adam Kendis, North Star Academy Charter School of Newark, NJ
Stacy Lightfoot, Chattanooga School for Creative Arts, TN
Jim Montague, Boston Latin School, MA
Ginger Patron, Patapsco High School, MD
Margaret Smith, Chattanooga School of the Arts and Sciences, TN
Jeff Stahlman, New Albany High School, OH
Karen Tcheyan, CollegeTracks at Wheaton High School, MD
Jean Whalen, Pine Richland High School, PA
|2010 Counselors That Change Lives|
Robert Andrews, Director of College Counseling, Schuler Scholar Program, Waukegan High School, Waukegan, IL
John Boshoven, Counselor for Continuing Education, Community High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Brendan Diffley, Director of Guidance, Pinewood Preparatory School, Summerville, SC
Nora Dowley, Dean of Enrichment, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Dorchester, MA
John Fanning, Director of Counseling and College Counseling, Jones College Prep, Chicago, IL
Bridget Herrera, Counselor, Escola American de Campinas, Campinas Brazil
Lauren Holt, Director of College Counseling, Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie, NY
Rebecca (Becki) Rutsky, College and Career Advisor, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL
|2009 Counselors That Change Lives|
Erin Duffy, Upper School Head, from Seacrest Country Day School, Naples, FL
Dr. Jim Fadely, Director of College Counseling, University High School of Indiana, IN
Debbie Greenberg, Director of College Counseling, College Bound, St. Louis, MO
Dr. Whitney Laughlin, College Horizons, Founder and Assistant Director, Pena Blanca, NM
Ms. Cynthia Markoch, Eastside High School, IB Counselor, Gainesville, FL
Lynda McGee, College Counselor & AVID Counselor, Downtown Magnets High School, Los Angeles, CA
Carl Peterson, Counseling Department Chair (Retired) Forest Hills Eastern H.S., MI