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Meet Ginny Johnson

Ginny Johnson
Pathways to Admission LLC

How did you move from public school counselor to independent educational consultant?

The job found me. I had decided to take a break from school counseling to plan my daughter’s wedding.  I started getting calls from colleagues that had students they would like to refer to me. I thought, “well, I better start charging for my services,” but I had no idea where to start. I reached out to my independent colleagues for guidance and started the process. I joined IECA and HECA, incorporated, got insured. It is a process.

What made you decide to get into this field?

I have always enjoyed working with the students on a one-on-one basis. The college process is more than the end result, although your goal is to have a successful end. You are walking through this web, it’s high and lows, trying to face the unknown through the eyes of your students. 

What is your favorite part of the job?

Probably my pro bono work. I take on a large number of students every year that are underrepresented or are foster students, who live in school districts where the counselors are overloaded. Working with these kids warms my heart. They do not have the resources that my other students have. They work hard and are overjoyed when they realize their dream of attending college. This population is truly my passion.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?

Wow …where to start. From the beginning, there has been a network of colleagues to help, support, and guide me as a college and career counselor. In 2010, I moved into the presidential cycle at PACAC and became part of the Presidents Council at NACAC. What a great group of people I was suddenly exposed to -- people that were truly focusing on the needs of our students and colleagues. Discussions about the past, present and future. I have presented at PACAC, Critical Components, Guiding the Way to Inclusion, and the national conference on helicopter parents, the STEP program, Learning Disabilities, and Summer Melt. Through the feedback I received after each presentation, I gained greater insight into the needs of our association.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?

I like to spend time with my family and Standard Schnauzer. I love to travel. Last year, I went to Prague and, next March, I’m headed to Israel. I am also very involved in my church where I have recently set up a caring ministry, providing over 50 hours of training for 12 volunteers.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?

I’ll steal this one from daughter’s college essay. I’d be Dory from Finding Nemo. I may hit obstacles, but I just keep on swimming with a smile on my face.

Describe yourself in five words.

Patient, determined, compassionate, calm, knowledgeable.

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