Meet the Doorway to College Advisory Council

Ensuring the Best Quality College Prep for Your Student

The number of graduates who continue on to higher education is not a good measure of a high school's success. Rather, the measurement of success can only take place after students are admitted into a college or university. The Doorway to College Advisory Council was formed to provide essential college prep insights that enable students to enter college and remain there until they graduate.

Advisory Council Members were selected for their specific expertise, experience, and insights. As advisors to the Doorway to College team, their ideas contribute to creating outstanding college prep to accompany the proven ZAPS ACT, PSAT, and SAT prep and college-prep services. Together, we work to fulfill our mission of helping parents and high school students navigate the challenging transition to higher education.

We are pleased to recognize the following individuals who serve on this voluntary Advisory Council.

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Margaret Baber Martin Barrett Henry L. Caudle, Sr.
Erin mike kathleen
Erin Chapman Michael Cooper Kathleen Sanchez Dambro
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Carol Douglas Colleen Foster, M.S.
Khang-David T. Lam-Lu
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Christian Latino Georgianna L. Martin Janet Medina
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Margaret T. Baber, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, NBCT, MSA

Dean of Student Services
Athens Drive High School, Raleigh, NC 

Academic DegreesMargaret Baber

Master’s of School Administration (MSA), May 2003  
North Carolina State University
    
Ph.D., Counseling and Personnel Services Education, December 1986        
Kent University, Kent, Ohio

M.A. in Humanities Education, March 1973
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Selected as one of fifteen graduate students who served as delegates to a comparative education project in Russia and the Scandinavian countries
       
B.S. in Comprehensive Social Science Education, March 1972            
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Certifications

National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT)
North Carolina Licensed Practicing Counselor (LPC)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
North Carolina School Counselor Doctorate Certificate
North Carolina Doctorate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction
North Carolina Master’s Certificate in Social Studies
North Carolina Certified Counselor Mentor, Expiration
Certified Reality Therapist – certified by Dr. John Glasser

Professional Experience

Dean of Student Services, Athens Drive High School, Raleigh, NC
August 1998-Present

Dean of Student Services
Wake Forest-Rolesville H.S., Wake Forest, NC
August 1989- 1998
1991-1992 -Selected to participate and completed Wake County School System’s  first Future Leader’s Program under the direction of Ms. Diane Payne and Ms. Toni Patterson.

Academically Gifted Program Specialist
Wake County Public Schools
January 1989- July 1, 1989

Senior Counselor, Nordonia Hills City School District
Northfield, Ohio, 1977-1985

Social Studies Teacher, Ashtabula Joint Vocational School
Jefferson, Ohio, 1973-1975

Professional Affiliations

Member of Kappa Delta Pi- Honorary Education Society
Member of Phi Delta Kappa- Honorary Education Society
Member of North Carolina School Counselor Association
Alumni Member of Delta Zeta Sorority
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cary, North Carolina
Member of The Ohio State University “Triangle” Alumni Association Scholarship Committee
Member of the North Carolina State University Alumni Association

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Martin Barrett

Martin BarrettFormer Regional Superintendent, Champaign/Ford Counties, IL

Academic Degrees

Specialist in Education for Administration
Eastern Illinois University, 1989

Master of Science in Education for Counseling
Eastern Illinois University, 1980

Bachelors of Science in Educational Social Science
Eastern Illinois University, 1970 

Professional Experience

  • Regional Superintendent
    Champaign/Ford Counties, 1992-2003
  • Chair for Alternative Education Steering Committee Illinois State Board of Education
  • Black Male Symposium Sponsor
  • Co-Founder Statewide Counselors’ Academy
  • Delinquency Prevention Board
  • Immunization Partnership (Carle, C-U Public Health, Champaign Co. Dept. of Public Health)
  • Lincoln Challenge Advisory Board (developed GED program to meet Lincoln Challenge needs)
  • Partnerships with Parkland college to provide multicultural education and to assist the school in developing strategic alliances with secondary schools to bring dual crediting and distance learning to the high school classroom
  • Professional Development Partnership (UIUC, Parkland, Illinois Education Association, Champaign
  • Federation of Teachers and Champaign County school districts)
  • Project 18 Board of Directors, Vice-Chair
  • READY Alternative Education Program (Parkland, Cunningham Children’s Home)
  • Novice Teacher Program (one of several to initiate an induction program with the Regional Offices of Education, UIUC, Parkland, IEA, CFT)
  • Special Projects Director, 1991-1992
    Champaign/Ford Counties
  • Director of Adult and Vocational Education, 1985-1988
  • Regional Office of Education, Champaign/Ford Counties
    Administered 12 grants
  • Initiated the organization of the Champaign/Ford Vocational System
  • Initiated a Single Teen Parent Program for Champaign/Ford Counties
  • Involved in the implementation of a model regionalized Secondary Transitional Experience Program
  • Initiated the development of a Special Needs Program for handicapped, economically and educationally disadvantaged students in vocational education
  • Pupil Personnel Services Chairperson 1980 - 1985 
  • Homer School District, Homer Glen, IL
  • Counselor for K-12 district
  • Chairperson for multi-disciplinary staffings for district
  • Chairperson of the 6-12 curriculum committee
  • Social Science Teacher 1970 - 1980 
  • Homer High School, Homer Glen, IL

Grant Activity

  • 1988-1991 Co-Authored Grant
  • Director of the Illinois Vocational Student Services Network (IVSSN)
  • Developed the organization of the IVSSN
  • Developed mini-grant process for community colleges and regionalized vocation systems

Professional Affiliations

  • United Way, Board Member, Chair 2001-2003
  • Safe Kids Coalition, Board Member 
  • Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity
  • Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Illinois Association of Regional Superintendent

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Henry L. Caudle, Sr., M.S.

Henry CaudleRetired Administrator, Central Office Administrator, Ann Arbor Public School System, Michigan

Academic Degrees

Educational Administrative Certification, K-12
University of Iowa

Masters of Science Degree
Major: Chemistry
University of Northern Iowa

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Science Education
Major: Chemistry; Minor: Mathematics
Lane College

Professional Experience

  • Central Office Administrator/High School Principal
    Ann Arbor Public School System, Michigan, 2000-2010
  • High School Chemistry Teacher and School Principal
    (Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels)
    Davenport Community School District, Iowa 1971-2000

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
  • National Association of School Professionals (NASP)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Rotary Club of America
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Chemistry Teacher of the Year, Iowa Science Teachers’ Association, 1973
  • Principal of the Year, Iowa Scholastic Journalism Association, 1997
  • Principal of the Year, National Newseum of Courage Award, 2000
  • Principal of the Year, National Journalism Educational Association, 2000
  • Hosting Principal, Presidential Visit of William Jefferson Clinton to Central High School, Davenport, Iowa, 2000
  • Team Member, Michigan NCAA School Evaluation, 2002

Personal Statement

As ACT and SAT test scores continue to be important to institutions of higher education concerning student admission and scholarship distribution, parents and high school students must be made aware of the potential impact such scores can have on a student’s academic career. This is especially so for parents and students of various socio-economic groups. Therefore, I believe it is imperative that all parents and students understand the ‘yet’ powerful importance of standardized tests, and be equipped with effective tips and strategies for improved student performance.

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Erin Chapman, M.A.

Erin ChapmanRegional Director of Admissions, University of South Dakota

Academic Degrees

Master of Arts in Education, Post-Secondary Education: Student Affairs
University of Northern Iowa, May 2009

Bachelor of Arts - Mathematics Education
University of Northern Iowa, December 2006

Professional Experience

  • Regional Director of Admissions
    University of South Dakota, July 2011 - present
  • Admissions Counselor/Athletic Liaison
    University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, August 2009 - July 2011
  • Graduate Assistant
    UNI Men’s Basketball, 2007 - July 2009
  • Graduate Mentor
    UNI Athletic Academic Advising Office, August 2007 - May 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • Iowa Student Personnel Association Conference, Des Moines, IA
  • National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics Regional Conference,
    Champaign, IL

Personal Statement

As a Regional Director of Admissions at the University of South Dakota, I work to assist students, parents, and high school administrators as they navigate the world of college admissions. This is not only my job, but also my passion.

I firmly believe that higher education is extremely beneficial for students – not only in the future job market but also as young adults discover themselves and their place in this world. The college search is one of the first major decisions that young adults will make for themselves that will have a dramatic impact on their future. There are so many factors that contribute to a student finding the right school for them.

My role is to provide the student with the most accurate information possible to point them in the right direction and to provide information that will be helpful for the parents and high school administrators who are assisting these students. It is my passion to help students find a school that they will eventually come to know as 'home' and where they will be able to not only excel academically but also socially, be a contributing member of the student population, find talents/hobbies that enhance their college experience, and have access to the resources necessary to help them succeed throughout the college career and beyond. I am more than happy to work with parents, counselors, or students who have questions about the college search.

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Michael Cooper

Michael CooperRetired Vice President, Pearson National Services

Academic Degrees

Bachelor of Business Administration
University Of Iowa

Professional Experience

  • Pearson Educational Measurement– 2001 to 2013
    Vice President, National Accounts 
    Vice President, State Assessments
  • The Riverside Publishing Company – 1997 to 2001
    Corporate Vice President, Customer Service and Information Systems
  • National Computer Systems – 1970 to 1997
    Business Unit Vice President
    District Sales Manager – Scanner Sales Division
    Account Manager – Publisher Services
    Production Manager, Operations
    Educational Services Consultant

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Kathleen Sanchez Dambro, M.Ed.

Kathleen Sanchez DambroCollege Counselor at Palo Verde High School, Las Vegas, NV

Academic Degrees

Master in Educational School Counseling
University of Phoenix, December 2003

Master in Educational Curriculum and Instruction, English as a Second Language
University of Nevada, December 1993

Bachelor of Arts, History of Art and Architecture
Brown University, May 1990

Professional Experience

  • College Counselor
    Palo Verde High School, Las Vegas, NV, 2008 – present
  • Counselor
    Palo Verde High School, Las Vegas, NV, 2006 – 2008
  • Counseling Department Chair/College Counselor/Counselor
    Bonanza High School, Las Vegas, NV, 2002 - 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American School Counselor Association
  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • Western Association of College Admissions Counselors

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Presenter, Equity and Diversity Native American Family Workshops
  • Presenter, CCSD College Fair
  • Presenter, CCSD College Readiness Education Workshop
  • CCSD New College Counselor Committee Member
  • Presenter, ACT Regional Workshop
  • Speaker, Rogich Middle School College Awareness Nights
  • CCSD College Fair + Committee Member

Personal Statement

In less than a generation’s time, the college application process has changed tremendously. Now more than ever students and their families need accurate information and guidance as they explore the many options available to them. My goal is to demystify the process and empower young people to find the path that is best for them.

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Carol Douglas, E.D.

Director of Secondary Education, Haywood County Schools, Waynesville, NC

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Academic Degrees

Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Supervision
Western Carolina University, 2011

Master of Science in School Administration
Western Carolina University, 2003

Masters of Science in Educational Supervision and Curriculum
Western Carolina University, 1998

Bachelor of Science in Elementary & Middle Grades Science Education
Western Carolina University, 1985

Professional Experience

  • Director of Secondary Curriculum
    Haywood County Schools, 2013 - present
  • Human Resources Director
    Haywood County Schools, 2005 - 2013
  • Adjunct Professor
    Gardner-Webb University, 2012 - present
  • Middle School Supervisor Coordinator
    Haywood County Schools, 2001 - 2005
  • Elementary School Assistant Principal
    Hazelwood County School District, Grades PK-5, 1996 - 2001
  • Academically Gifted Program Coordinator
    Hazelwood County School District, Grades K-12, 1996 - 2000

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Western Carolina University -School University Teacher Education Partnership (SUTEP), Co-chair, 2000 - 2008
  • Haywood County Literacy Council, Board Member, 2003 - 2004
  • Haywood County Arts Council, Board Member, 2002 - 2006
  • North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind, State Board Member, 1993 - 2003
  • North Carolina Association-Gifted & Talent-State Board Member, 1997 - 2004
  • Haywood Community College, Strategic Planning Committee, 2014
  • North Carolina Association of Gifted and Talented, Member
  • North Carolina Middle School Association, Member
  • North Carolina Teachers of Mathematics, Member
  • North Carolina Personnel Administrators, Member
  • North Carolina Association of School Administrators, Member

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • N.C. Middle School Association Region 8 Outstanding Administrator, 2002
  • North Carolina Association of Gifted and Talented Teacher of the Year, 1998
  • Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation Teacher of the Year, 1988
  • Western Carolina University Outstanding Elementary Education Teacher, 1986

Personal Statement

The world is changing at a rapid pace and it is increasingly challenging for parents and students to navigate the complex myriad of opportunities that abound beyond high school. We want and expect every student to leave high school ready for college and prepared for their chosen career. It is our job to ensure that parents and students have the best information and resources available in order to make sound decisions that will positively impact the future of each student.

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Colleen Foster, M.S.

Colleen FosterLead Counselor, Har-Ber High School Springdale, Arkansas                                                     

Academic Degrees

Master of Science in School Counseling, 1995
University of Central Arkansas

Bachelor of Science in Education, 1990
Arkansas Tech University

Studied Educational Administration, 2012
University of Arkansas

Professional Experience

  • Lead Counselor, 2005 to present
    Har-Ber High School, Springdale, AR
  • School Counselor Internship Supervisor, 2006-2013
    University of Arkansas
  • High School Counselor, 1998-2005
    Springdale High School
  • High School Counselor, 1995-1998
    Danville High School
  • High School Counselor, 1993-1995
    J.D. Leftwich High School

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American School Counselor Association 
  • Arkansas School Counselor Association
  • NW Arkansas School Counselor Association
  • College Board Delegate of the Guidance and Admission Assembly

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Arkansas Secondary School Counselor of the Year, 2005
  • Secondary Vice-President of Arkansas School Counselor Association, 2004-2005
  • President of NW Arkansas School Counselor Association, 2000
  • U.S. Marines Courage, Honor, and Commitment Award for NW ArSCA, 2006

Personal Statement

The work of school counselors is invaluable in guiding young adults toward their future. Pointing students and parents toward much needed information and resources helps create excitement about the possibilities and opportunities awaiting them, while calming their fears about the unknown. As a veteran school counselor, I sometimes have to be reminded of my influence on my students. I realize that my fellow school counselors and I DO make a big difference in preparing for life beyond high school when students and parents say "Thank you! We couldn't have done it without your help!

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Khang-David T. Lam-Lu

Khang-David Lam-LuAdministrative Services Coordinator, School of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa

Academic Degrees

Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Management, 2014
The Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the University of Iowa

Certificates in Entrepreneurial Management, Leadership Studies, and
Critical Cultural Competency, 2014
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University of Iowa

Professional Experience

  • Administrative Services Coordinator, 2014 – Present

The School of Art and Art History, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

  • Associate Team Member, 2013 – Present
    ACT Student Services, ACT Inc., Iowa City, IA
  • Business Communications Tutor, 2012 –2013
    Judith R. Frank Business Communications Center, Iowa City, IA
  • Orientation Leader, 2012
    Orientation Services, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Campus Ambassador, 2011 – 2012
    Business Student Ambassador Organization, Iowa City, IA

Professional Recognition and Awards 

  • Dean’s Achievement Award, 2014 
  • University of Iowa Deans List, 2014       
  • University of Iowa Honors Program, 2014   
  • John W. & Mabel G. Schoen Business Scholar, 2014      
  • Robert S. & Dorothy J. Lee Scholar, 2014                                      
  • Colvin/Cox Scholar, 2014                                                                                      
  • TRiO Student Support Services Scholar, 2013                        

Personal Statement

“College is an incredible, transformative, experience — an experience that should be granted to every student willing to commit to the challenges ahead. A student’s journey to and through higher education is fueled by their personal drive and molded by the people around them. As a first generation student, a tutor, campus ambassador, orientation leader and recent graduate, I have seen my students and peers grow into confident individuals and experienced their excitement as they discovered their niche.

For those of us a step ahead, it’s our time to look back and guide the current generation of students in their search, prepare them with resources for success, and empower them to become involved within their new community. A student who receives a low test score may be discouraged; however, with a bit of prep and through the support of family, friends, and advisors, they’ll discover their passion in the subjects they study and grow through extracurricular activities in ways that a piece of paper could never predict.”

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Christian A. Latino
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Academic Degrees

-B.A. in Psychology, UCLA, 2006 
-Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology, The University of Iowa, 2013-2020 (expected) 

Professional Experience

-2010, Manager of Operations, IMS Health
-2010-2012, Community Organizer, Peace Corps Mexico
-2013-2014, Graduate Research Assistant, Project SEALED, The University of Iowa
-2014-Present, Project Consultant, Interdisciplinary Consortium for Applied Research in Education (I-CARE) , The University of Iowa

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

-American Psychological Association, Graduate Student Affiliate
-American Psychological Association Division 17 - Society for Counseling Psychology, Graduate Student Affiliate

Grant Activity

Through my work at I-CARE, I am currently involved in work on an NSF proposal for Undergraduate STEM Education.

Personal Statement

I believe that our current education system should continue to strive for higher goals so that it not only teaches our youth academic skills, but also teaches capacities around personal development. Presently, there is a great focus on improving students' abilities to succeed in math, science, reading, etc. These skills, without a doubt, are important for human beings' growth in their ability to use reason. However, these skills may not directly translate to being a person who is compassionate, sharing, cooperative, and a good world citizen.
Since academic rigor does not necessarily equal personal development, schools should incorporate more work around how individuals ought to live in their everyday lives. These skills, when developed, will draw out our ability to strive for true happiness, which is not achieved strictly through financial gain. Paired with the development of academic capacities, society could find itself very balanced in both its economic and interpersonal domains, with a stronger focus on overall well-being.

Georgianna L. Martin, Ph.D.

Georgianna MartinAssistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of Southern Mississippi

Academic Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education & Student Affairs
University of Iowa, May 2012

Master of Arts in College Student Personnel
Bowling Green State University, May 2004

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Millsaps College, May 2001

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor
    College of Education & Psychology, Student Affairs/Higher Education
    The University of Southern Mississippi, May 2012 - present
  • Co-Director, Research Initiative on Social Justice in Education (RISE)
    College of Education & Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi, 2013 - present
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
    School of Education, Higher Education Program
    Loyola University Chicago, August 2011 - May 2012
  • Research Assistant
    Center for Research on Undergraduate Education
    The University of Iowa, August 2007 - July 2011
  • Resident Director
    Creighton University, June 2006 - June 2007
  • Assistant Director of Residence, Life & Fraternity Advisor
    Millsaps College, June 2004 - June 2006
  • Graduate Assistant for The BGeX University Values Initiative
    Bowling Green State University, May 2002 - May 2004

Grant Activity

2014-2015 (Proposal under review)
American Psychological Foundation
Investigating Implicit Bias in Faculty Evaluations of Graduate School Application

  • Proposed funding amount: $15,000 (proposed)
  • Project role: Co-Principle Investigator

2014-2015 (Unfunded Proposal)
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Exploring Pathways to Higher Education in the Mississippi Delta

  • Proposed funding amount: $10,000 (proposed)
  • Project role: Co-Principle Investigator

2013-2014 (Funded)
National Resource Center for First Year Experience and Students in Transition
Examining the Importance of Attachment and Engagement in Predicting GPA Across Stages of Transfer and Student Transition

  • Paul P. Fidler Research Grant funded amount: $5,000
  • Project role: Co-Principal Investigator

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • ACPA: College Student Educators International
  • NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Chi Omega National Fraternity

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Emerging Scholar Award, ACPA: College Student Educators International, March 2014
  • Burns B. Crookston Award for Doctoral Research, ACPA: College Student Educators International, April 2012
  • Graduate College Summer Dissertation Fellowship, University of Iowa, Summer 2011 ($3,000 research stipend)
  • Albert Hood Promising Scholar Award, University of Iowa, Spring 2011 ($1,000 research award)
  • Senior Obermann Graduate Fellow, Obermann Graduate Institute on Public Engagement in the Academy, University of Iowa, Summer 2010 - January 2011 ($1,000 award stipend)
  • Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional, ACPA: College Student Educators International, March 2010
  • Obermann Graduate Fellowship, Obermann Graduate Institute on Public Engagement in the Academy, University of Iowa, November 2009 ($500 award stipend)
  • Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Article of the Year Award for Perspectives: A Publication for Members of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, 2009
  • Millsaps College Division of Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Service, May 2006
  • Association of Fraternity Advisors Foundation Scholarship Recipient, October 2004
  • President’s Award for Distinguished Service, Bowling Green State University, May 2004
  • Student Life Award, Bowling Green State University, May 2004
  • Order of Omega Graduate Fellowship Recipient, December 2003 ($500 award stipend)
  • Tamparauges Award for Outstanding Faculty or Staff Contribution to the Greek Community, Bowling Green State University, April 2003

Personal Statement

The transition from high school to college is a stressful time for students and their parents. Many students are unaware of how to navigate the college search and decision process. From financial aid to deciding whether or not to live on campus and from declaring a major to becoming involved in college, the transition to life after high school is complex and can be confusing.

The earlier students and their parents/guardians begin preparing for this important milestone, the better. It is crucial for students and parents to recognize that simply obtaining a college degree is not enough to guarantee success after college. It matters what a student does while in college! Part of ensuring a successful transition to college is being mindful of the importance of becoming involved in all that the college experience offers both in and outside of the classroom.

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Janet Medina, Psy.D.

Janet MedinaAssociate Professor of Education, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD

Academic Degrees

Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology
Alfred University, 1999

Master of Arts/Certificate of Advanced Study, School Psychology
Alfred University, 1997

Master of Arts, School Psychology

Alfred University, 1995

Master of Science in Education, Reading
St. Bonaventure University, 1987

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
University of Montana, 1977

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Education
    McDaniel College, 2006 - present
  • Director of Affirmative Action for Faculty Searches
    McDaniel College, Summer 2007 - Fall 2010
  • Sexual Harassment Representative
    McDaniel College, Spring 2007 - Fall 2008
  • Acting Coordinator of Graduate Special Education
    McDaniel College, 2006 - 2007
  • Assistant Professor of Education
    McDaniel College, 2000 - 2006
  • Acting Director of 504/ADA Services
    McDaniel College, 2001
  • Acting Director of the Academic Skills Center
    McDaniel College, 2001
  • Coordinator of Learning Support Services
    Harford Community College, 1997 – 2000
  • Counselor for Opportunity Programs/Instructor
    Alfred University, 1995-1997
  • Coordinator of Disabled Student Services
    St. Bonaventure University, 1992-1995
  • Coordinator of Disabled Student Services, 1988 - 1992
    Coordinator of Developmental Studies, 1988 - 1992
    Teaching Faculty member, 1988 - 1992
    Jamestown Community College, Olean, NY
  • Special Education Teacher
    Wellsville High School, 1986 - 1988

Grant Activity

  • Recipient of McDaniel College Faculty Technology Grant, Fall 2009
  • Co-Recipient of $25,000 MSIG II grant, Year 3, Part B funds from Maryland State Department of Education to continue development of dual certification general secondary education/secondary special education five-year bridging program (January 1, 2008 - November 30, 2008)
  • Recipient of $25,000 MSIG II grant, Part B funds from Maryland State Department of Education to develop dual certification general secondary education/secondary special education five-year bridging program (January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007)
  • Co-Coordinator of $25,000 MSIG II grant, Part B funds from Maryland State Department of Education to develop general education/education five-year bridging program (June, 2006 - December, 2006)
  • Helped write and submit Chalk & Wire Grant request supported through the Mellon Grant to initiate exit digital portfolios for Education Department candidates (Awarded May 2005 for the 2005 - 2006 academic year)
    Recipient of Focused Initiative Grant from the Association on Higher Education and Disability [AHEAD], 2005 - 2006
  • Faculty Development Grant to attend and present at the AHEAD 27th International Conference, Miami, FL, July 2004
  • Faculty Development Grant to attend and present at the AHEAD 24th International Conference, Portland, OR, July 2001
  • Jesse Ball Dupont Technology Grant recipient, Effectiveness of textHELP Read & Write Voice-Synthesized Software Program - For Students With and Without Learning Disabilities, 2001

Professional Affiliations

  • Professional member of Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), 1989 - present
  • Professional member of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), 2005 - present
  • Professional member of the CEC Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL), 2012 – present
  • Professional member of the CEC Division for Learning Disabilities, 2011 – present
  • Professional member of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), 2006 – present
  • Professional member of National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), 2003 – 2007
  • Vice President and co-founding member of the Maryland Association of Bilingual Education (MDABE), 2003 – present
  • Professional member (2005 - 2010) and Executive Board Member Membership Chair for Maryland Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), 2006 – 2007
  • Professional member of the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), 2002 – 2004
  • Professional member of Maryland AHEAD (MDAHEAD) [formerly Maryland Disability Higher Education Network (MDDHEN)], 1997 – present
  • Professional member of the Nation’s Capital Area Disability Support Services Coalition, 1997 – 2007
  • Member of Advisory Board for Northeast Technical Assistance Center (NETAC)/National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID), Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNET), 1999 – 2008
  • Member of Southern Poverty Law Center/Teaching Tolerance (SPLC), 1992 – present
  • Executive Board Member of the Harford County Commission on Disabilities,
    1998 - 2000

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Recipient of McDaniel College Faculty Book Award, Fall 2011
  • Recipient of McDaniel College Phenomenal Women Award, 2011
  • Recipient of McDaniel College Faculty Technology Grant, Fall 2009
  • Inducted into Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary Society, 2009
  • Recipient of McDaniel College Faculty Scholar Award, Fall 2007
  • Recipient of McDaniel College Distinguished Scholar’s Award, Spring 2006
  • Invitation to attend and present at Oxford Round Table Proficiency in Language: Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition, Oxford, England (March 2008; March 2006)
  • Recognized in Marquis Who’s Who in American Education, 7th edition, 8th edition, 2006 - 2007, 2007 - 2008
  • Recognized in Marquis Who’s Who of American Women, 25th Anniversary edition, 2006 - 2007, 2007 - 2008, 2008 – 2009
  • Recognized in Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2004 – 2014
  • Recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers & Educators, 11th edition, 2006 – 2007
  • Nominated for Empire Who’s Who of Women in Education, Honors Edition, 2005 – 2006
  • Faculty Development Grant to attend and present at the AHEAD 27th International Conference, Miami, FL, July 2004
  • Faculty Development Grant to attend and present at the AHEAD 24th International Conference, Portland, OR, July 2001
  • Jesse Ball Dupont Technology Grant recipient, Effectiveness of textHELP Read & Write Voice-Synthesized Software Program - For Students With and Without Learning Disabilities, 2001
  • Keynote speaker for College Transition Night For High School Students With Disabilities, sponsored by Harford County Public Schools, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • National Dean’s List, Educational Communications, 1999
  • Interviewed for article in Disability Compliance in Higher Education Journal, LRP Publications, December, 1998

Personal Statement

I have been working in the field of Education for the past 32 years. My experience with students has covered a wide range, including working with students with disabilities, English Language Learners (ELLs), students from economically challenged backgrounds, first-generation college students, and academically-challenged students. Helping secondary students make the transition to postsecondary education and beyond has been an important part of my personal and professional life. Students with disabilities, ELLs, and ELLs with disabilities, especially, have unique needs when facing the prospect of navigating the path to a postsecondary education.

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Rob Miller

Rob MillerExecutive Director, Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)

Academic Degrees

BS in Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Iowa

Professional Experience

Executive level positions with education-focused companies including:

  • Iowa College Access Network
  • Iowa Student Loan
  • Pearson Education
  • Xap Corporation

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • National College Access Network
  • Iowa School Counselor Association
  • Iowa Association for College Admission Counselors

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Iowa Dollars for Scholars, past board member and executive committee member

Personal Statement

Ensuring that our youth are prepared for college and careers is an economic imperative for our states and our cities. Students and parents are facing life-altering decisions, which often come with significant financial investment. They simply can’t afford to get it wrong. I am proud to lead an organization  the Iowa College Access Network  which provides expert assistance to students, parents, and schools statewide in preparing for and succeeding in college and careers.

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Sara Oswald, M.A.E.

Sara OswaldMiddle School Principal/K-12 Curriculum Director, West Branch Community Schools, West Branch, Iowa

Academic Degrees

Advanced Studies Certificate for Superintendency Program
University of Northern Iowa

MAE in Secondary Principalship
University of Northern Iowa

BA in French, Minor in Spanish, 5-12 Teaching Certificate
Washburn University

Professional Experience

  • Middle School Principal/K-12 Curriculum Director
    West Branch Community Schools, West Branch, Iowa, 2002 - present
  • High School Principal
    Eastern Allamakee Community Schools, Lansing, Iowa, 1998 - 2002
  • Teacher - French/Spanish, Yearbook Advisor
    Harlan Community School, Harlan, Iowa, 1991 - 1998

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Iowa ASCD Board Member at large, 2013 - present
  • School Administrators of Iowa administrative mentor, 2005 - 2007
  • University of Iowa Educational Administration mentor, 2004 - 2006
  • State Department of Education Task Force - develop a content area reading professional development program for grades 4-12, 2001 - 2003

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Iowa Bandmasters Association Middle Level Administrator of the Year, 2007
  • National Science Teacher Association Middle Level Principal of the Year, 2004

Personal Statement

I have been working with high school teachers and students since 1991. Many things have changed but the ultimate goal remains the same. We need to give each student an extensive toolkit of personal and academic skills to prepare them for the transition to post-secondary education. Schools and parents are more focused than ever in preparing all students for this transition.

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Douglas J. Paul, Ph.D.DP_100x101

Founder and former President of Buckle Down Publishing Company
Founder and former CEO of ZAPS Learning Company

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Instructional Design & Technology, University of Iowa, 1981
  • Master of Arts in Instructional Design & Technology, University of Iowa, 1979
  • Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1973

Professional Experience 

  • President, Profiles Corporation—1982-present
  • President Buckle Down Publishing Company—1997-2004
  • Manager of Numerous Large Scale Assessment Projects—1983-1994
  • Founder ZAPS Learning Company—1984
  • Director of Research, Riverside Publishing Company—1980-1981
  • Program Director, Project PLAN—1976-1979

Community Experience

  • Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House Charities-Eastern Iowa
  • Board of Directors, Harvest Preserve Foundation, Iowa City, IA
  • Active Member, Citizens for Responsible Growth, Coralville, IA
  • President, Citizens for Sensible Development, Johnson County

Personal Statement

The highest goal of public education is to prepare students to become contributing members of the community. Regardless of their line of work or level of skill, it is important for every person to realize their personal potential and, ultimately, give more than they receive. High schools too often boast of their percentage of graduates who move on to higher education, while seldom do they take note of the students who fail to complete college after being accepted. Our work as educators must continue until our charges attain the independence and self-sufficiency that comes with graduation from a college or university. It is fine to support the decision of students who choose to enter the workplace or military right out of high school. But it is not acceptable to ignore those who desire to participate in higher education, yet lack the skills necessary to succeed. Doorway to College is in a position to assist students, their families, and their schools with trying to improve the success rate of our colleges and universities. I am proud to participate in this effort.

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Anthony Ragona, M.Ed.

Anthony RagonaAssistant Principal of Instruction United Township High School, East Moline, IL

Academic Degrees

Master of Education in School Leadership, 2003
St. Xavier University

Bachelor of Science, 2000
Physics and Mathematics
North Park University

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Illinois Assistant Principal of the Year – Black Hawk Division

Personal Statement

Successful transition to postsecondary schooling, careers or military service requires extensive planning on behalf of both the student and his or her high school. To be successful beyond twelfth grade, young adults need to develop positive character traits and gain exposure to a wide array of subject matters before graduation.  These postsecondary necessities are often overlooked in the era of curriculum reform and standardized testing that have come to dominate America’s high schools.

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Amy Reeves, M.S.

Amy ReevesProfessional School Counselor, Park Hill High School, Kansas City, MO

Academic Degrees

Educational Specialist Degree in Mental Health in Schools
University of Missouri

Master of Science in School Counseling, May 2007
University of Tennessee

Bachelor of Arts in Health Education and Middle Level Education, Dec. 2003
University of Northern Iowa

Certifications
NBCC Certified 2007
Peer Mediation Training 2005

Professional Experience

  • School Counselor
    Park Hill High School, Kansas City, MO August 2007 - present
  • Summer Instructor
    Project Grad/KAPS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Summer 2006
  • Full Service School Volunteer
    Sarah Moore Greene Magnet School, Knoxville, TN, Spring 2006 - Spring 2007
  • Alternative School Teacher
    Knox County Boys & Girls Club Middle School Alternative Program Knoxville, TN
  • Student Staff and Volunteer Leader
    Young Life, Cedar Falls, IA and Waterloo, IA, Fall 1999 - Summer 2003
  • Adventure Tour Guide
    Snow Wolf Lodge Young Life Camp, Pagosa Springs, CO, Summer 2002 and Summer 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • American School Counseling Association
  • Missouri School Counseling Association
  • Chi Sigma Iota National Honorary Counseling Society
  • Upsilon Theta Chapter President, 2006-2007

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Shanti M. Roundtree

Shanti RoundtreeSenior Proposal Writer Pearson, Iowa City, Iowa

Academic Degrees

Master of Business Administration  
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Master of Arts in English Literature  
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut   

Preparatory School
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts         

Professional Experience

  • Senior Proposal Writer         
    Pearson, Iowa City, Iowa 
    2014 to Present
  • Project Editor
    Buckle Down Publishing, Iowa City, Iowa
  • English Literacy Instructor
    Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Rhetoric Instructor and Research Assistant
    University of Iowa

Nonprofit/Community/Corporate Service

  • Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador positioned to support area business growth and evangelize Pearson's mission to help people make measurable progress in their lives through learning, including Pearson's commitment to the diversity of its employees and the learners it serves.
  • Pearson Global Assist Fellow: One of 15 selected for 2 week mission to Vrygrond Township, South Africa
  • Pearson Diversity Advocate, Iowa Campuses: Support Diversity and Inclusion in our workplace so colleagues are included, represented, empowered, and valued
  • March of Dimes: Former Board Member responsible for cultivating sponsorship and donors
  • African American Women’s Leadership Conference Marketing Committee responsible for branding
  • Iowa Women’s Foundation: Marketing Committee Member engaged in rebranding and exposure
  • American Business Women’s Association: Past Member responsible for recruitment and retention
  • United Way: 2nd Annual United Action for Youth Festival of Flowers Planning Committee Member
  • Shelter House: Annual Phone-a-thon Volunteer for non-profit providing services to local families in crisis
  • Dakar Project: Community Outreach Emissary on an elementary school rebuild in Senegal, West Africa
  • Andover Breadloaf: Taught youth from the Greater Boston Area in nationally-recognized fiction workshop

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • American Business Women Association Scholarship: Nominated by chapter for National Outright Grant
  • Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference Bankers Trust: Full scholarship funding by nomination
  • Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow: Full graduate tuition and educational stipend allocated for MFA candidacy
  • Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF): Invited alumni for MMUF Leadership Conference

Personal Statement

The Internet is convenient, pervasive, and seductive in its simplicity because it offers digital natives the immediacy of information under the guise of education. Reach and reliance aside, the Web alone is no replacement for physical proximities of effective teachers, solid instruction, peer presence, and active accountability. Access and use of technology tools are invaluable in conjunction with the solid preparation for college and real-world readiness that instructors provide. Surfing for answers and being search-engine savvy does not ensure a competitive edge. Current and future learners who understand the importance of honing their critical thinking skills have a measureable advantage. Welcome to the Digital Age. 

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Lisa C. Scott, M.A.

Lisa ScottCollege and Career Counselor, Liberty High School, Academy School District 20,
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Academic Degrees

Master of Arts Degree, Counseling and Human Services, May 1994
University of Colorado

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology, Sociology, History, May 1990
University of Colorado

Professional Experience

  • Academy School District Twenty, Liberty High School
  • Colorado Springs, CO, 1990-Present

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • College Board
  • Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling (RMACAC)
  • Colorado Council on High School & College Relations (CCHS/CR)

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Liberty High School Educator of the Year, 2003-2004
  • Academy School District Secondary Educator of the Year, 2003-2004
  • Liberty High School Thomas Crawford Team Award, 2009-2010
  • Colorado Council on High School & College Relations Counselor of the Year, 2012-2013

Personal Statement 

Educators, students, and parents need to work together in achieving our goal of preparing students for their futures. We must teach students about personal and career exploration and the college research and application process.  Students need to know how important it is to research the vast options in front of them in order to choose the best “fit” for them personally when choosing higher education options. We must challenge our students to meet the increasing expectations placed on them by prospective institutions of higher learning and future employers to best prepare them for the transition beyond high school.

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Naomi Okumura Story

Naomi Okumura StoryProfessor Emerita, Mesa Community College
Mesa, Arizona

Academic Degrees

Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing, 1972
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Master of Arts Instructional Media, 1978
Arizona State University

Doctorate of Philosopy in Educational Technology: Instructional Design, 1984
Dissertation Research: Factors Influencing Continuing Motivation
Arizona State University

Professional Experience

  • Faculty Core and Site Lead, Mesa Counts on College, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Initiative with City of Mesa, Mesa Community College, and Mesa Public Schools (special assignment requested by MCC President)
    September 2010-February 2014
  • Special Assistant to the Chancellor on Strategic Initiatives (Chancellor’s request)
    Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ
    August 2007–2009
  • Faculty Director, Center for Teaching/Learning
    Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ 
    September 1999–2010 
  • District Director, Learning, Instruction, and Assessment
    Maricopa Community Colleges, District Office, Phoenix, AZ 
    August 1990–September 1999
  • Adjunct Faculty 
    Rio Salado College, Northern Arizona 
    Fall 2002–2006
  • Instructional Designer
    Maricopa Community Colleges, District Office, Phoenix, AZ
    May 1984–1990
  • Instructor and Faculty Associate 
    Department of Educational Technology, Arizona State University 
    1981–84, 1987
  • Research Associate
    Department of Educational Technology, Arizona State University
    1982-84
  • Media Specialist 
    Cook Christian Training School, Tempe, Arizona 
    1981-1983
  • Teacher and Department Chair (English) 
    Maui High School, Kahului, Hawaii 
    1973-1977,1978 -1980 

Professional Affiliations

  • Served as Program evaluation coordinator for NSF Foundations Coalition Program with Arizona State University, Mesa Community College, Glendale Community College
  • Problem-based Learning: FIPSE project with GateWay Community College served as Program development consultant and program evaluation coordinator
  • Directed and monitored work of NSF-funded Maricopa Mathematics Consortium Project director and staff development/workshop liaison activities and operations.
  • Organized, implemented and co-authored major NSF and FIPSE Grant Proposals for Mathematics Curriculum Reform, Evaluation Models for Technology Infusion, and Advanced
    Technological Education
  • Mesa Community College’s Faculty Curriculum Developer and Representative to the Maricopa District Curriculum Committee and Member of the Student Outcomes Committee, Results Outreach Committee, and NCA Self-study Co-chair for Criterion 3: Teaching and Learning Effectiveness
  • Developed a model for high school to college concurrent enrollment and retention program (ACE: Achieving a College Education) for at-risk and disadvantaged student populations, which has been in place since the mid-1980s with the Maricopa Community Colleges and local high schools. The model has been nationally recognized as a successful program for college access and completion
  • Developed and led the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction and Mesa Community College’s Center for Teaching and Learning: professional and organizational development and leadership centers for college faculty and academic leaders
  • As MCC College Lead and Site Lead co-developed focused on college completion through community partnerships. This included designing a place-based college access center with the City of Mesa, college and career preparation seminars with faculty and teachers at MCC and Mesa Public School, online system for high school to college programs and curriculum, student retention program activities with community and business partners
  • Collaborated with numerous faculty members and administrators from Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and several of the member colleges of the League for Innovation on project development and program evaluation activities
  • Serves as current Executive Director (part-time) of the National Asian Pacific Islander Council, an affiliated council of the American Association for Community Colleges

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Jennifer Tozo-Kenna

Professional School CounselorJennie_Tozo-Kenna_93x101
Fargo, North Dakota

Academic Degrees

B.S. in English Education, minor in Spanish Education
Valley City State University, Valley City, ND
M.Ed. in School Counseling, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

Professional Experience

  • English and Spanish Teacher
    New Rockford/Sheyenne School District, North Dakota
    2001-2002
  • English, Reading, and Spanish Teacher
    Fargo Public School District in Fargo, ND
    2002-2007
  • School Counseling Intern
    Moorhead High School in Moorhead, MN
    2007-2008
  • Professional School Counselor
    South Campus II, Fargo, ND
    2008-2011
  • Professional School Counselor at Davies High School
    Fargo, ND
    2011-Present

Coaching

  • Head Varsity Dance Team coach at Valley City High School in Valley City, ND
    1997-2001
  • Head Jr. High Volleyball Coach
    New Rockford Junior High, New Rockford, ND
    2001-2002
  • Head Jr. High Dance Team Coach
    Ben Franklin Middle School, Fargo, ND
    2003-2005
  • Head Cheer Team Coach
    Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
    2005-2011
  • Head Cheer Team Coach
    Davies High School in Fargo, ND
    2011-2014

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • 2000-2007—Member of the North Dakota Education Association
  • 2001-2002—Member of the New Rockford Education Association
  • 2002-2007—Member of the Fargo Education Association
  • 2004-2008—Charter member of North Dakota State University Chi Sigma Iota
  • 2008-Present—Member of the American School Counselor’s Association

Nonprofit/Community/Corporate Service

I am an advocate for Be the Match, which is an organization that facilitates bone marrow donations, educates medical professionals, and conducts research to hopefully find a cure for blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. I raise money for the organization by hosting an annual gala and an annual 5K fun run/walk. It was through this organization that my aunt was matched up to a donor when she required a bone marrow donation while fighting cancer. I also joined the registry and became a donor myself in 2011.

Personal Statement

As a professional school counselor, I spend my days working with students, families, and other school staff to assure the well-being of our student population. I work with students on academic concerns, personal/social concerns, and in helping to select appropriate career paths.

My life — almost from the start — has been geared toward education. I knew from a young age that this was the field that was right for me. My whole world view is based on the belief that those who feel confident in themselves, their decisions, and their lives will be the most successful. Therefore, it is always my goal to help people feel good about themselves — to find their inner strength, and to nurture passion to lead toward good decision-making. The outcomes of what I do are not always exactly as they should be; however, each success story far outweighs the negatives! My job is about doing the best that I can do to guide students toward the correct path, and hope that they take meaningful life skill with them when they graduate high school.

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