College & Career Counselor
Hunterdon Central Regional High School (NJ)
"How do your experiences align with NACAC’s new mission and vision statements?"
My recent experience co-leading the Ad Hoc Committee for Engaging Public School Counselors brought all facets of our mission to the table for discussion, work, and action. With the theme of empowerment at the forefront of our conversations, we created steps toward improving our educational programming content and cost, increased efforts around advocacy and awareness, and enhanced ways to keep our community and networks strong. Even as our committee term ended, our work continued. You will see our ongoing efforts in programs like College Guidance Network, webinars and podcasts, and more national conference sessions geared toward school counselors. Through enhanced relationships with ASCA and school administrators, we will ensure the appropriate stakeholders understand and value the important work we do. Within NACAC, we will build an even greater connection through our Special Interest Groups and electronic networks. We will continue to call, write, and act for our profession – for our students – to bring fairness to higher education access. My experience has been enhanced through NACAC leadership roles and I feel more prepared than ever to continue listening, learning, putting my words into action, and empowering one another.
Our vision resonates with me when I reflect on my own path to college. My access to higher education took a few people: 1) me, with a strong desire to continue my education so I could learn how to best help people, 2) the hope of my parents, that I would achieve something for which they never had the chance, and 3) the guidance and knowledge of my school counselor. I put hours into understanding the college process, my Mom picked up a guidebook at Borders and my Dad drove me to campuses, and my counselor guided me through paper applications, the FAFSA, and countless motivational talks. Therein lies one of the many reasons I am a school counselor. To be the source of support, voice of comfort, and giver of knowledge for students brings me purpose. However, it is unfair to think that all students who desire higher education have this resource. Far too many are without family and social support, financial resources, a basic understanding of the process, and a school counselor who can spend critical time with them to complete tasks. This makes our association’s responsibility even greater. Within our network of thousands of professionals, we must be the voice and doer for those without it and see our vision through each day.
When I applied for this year’s slate, I asked the GNC to consider an active public school counselor, one who is keenly aware of our profession’s strengths and struggles, one who is ready to do the tough, yet rewarding, work to provide us what we need to best help our students and each other. I will encourage that of our members too as you select new Directors on the Board.
Jennifer's Nominee Speech
"What about NACAC's mission and vision excites you? What role would you hope to play?"
- Member, 2008-present
- Public School Counselor Specialty Interest Group: Leader, 2020-present
- Ad Hoc Committee on Engaging Public High School Counselors: Co-Chair, 2021-22
- Membership Action Squad: Member, 2020-21
- Member Relations Committee: Member, 2017-20
New Jersey ACAC
- Member, 2008-present
- Conference Planning Committee: Member, 2010-present
- Membership Committee: Chair, 2019-present
- NACAC Assembly Delegate, 2015-21
- Fiscal Oversight Committee: Chair, 2016-19
- Summer College Bus Tour for Counselors: Chair, 2013-15
- Professional Development Committee: Chair, 2013-15
- High School Representative, 2010-12
- Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington, NJ: College and Career Counselor, 2008-present
- Achieve College Consulting, Flemington, NJ: Independent College Consultant, 2012-present
- Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ: Adjunct Instructor – Humanities & Social Sciences, 2010-11
- Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ: Transfer Counselor, 2006-08
- M.A. Rider University, School and Community Counseling, Lawrenceville, NJ
- B.A. West Virginia University, Psychology, Morgantown, WV
- New Jersey Governor’s Educator of the Year Program Award: Recipient, 2021-22
- New Jersey ACAC Special Services for Outstanding Contribution Award: Recipient, 2013
- 2022 New Jersey ACAC Annual Conference: Positivity in the Face of Adversity – Lessons Learned & Looking Ahead
- 2021 New Jersey School Counselor Association Conference: College & Career Counseling Reimagined
- 2019 New Jersey ACAC Annual Conference: It Takes a Village – Building Relationships to Promote Student Success
- 2018 New Jersey ACAC Annual Conference: College Counseling in Public High Schools
- 2014-2017 New Jersey ACAC Annual Conference: Panelist, High School Counselor Roundtable
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