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Sarah, Joslyn, Jenn, Kerri, Terrol, and Kevin met in public school settings and soon learned that their student-centered approach to teaching and their professional goals aligned. Their friendship and dedication to assisting high school students have enabled many students to successfully apply and attend their chosen universities.
In the essay portion of the college application and scholarship applications, they collaborate to highlight the student’s best qualities. Working in the public education system their success has been amazing. Through their collaborative efforts, they have had:
Five students were accepted into Military Academies
Four to the Naval Academy at Annapolis
Twelve students were accepted into Ivy League Schools
Seven National Merit Winners
Admissions Counseling & Essay Coaching
Sarah K. Cook, MSEd
Abiding by Benjamin Franklin’s philosophy, “Tell me and I forget, teach me, and I may remember, involve me, and I learn,” Sarah Cook has been striving to create active learners within the classroom environment for the past seventeen years.
Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, a Master of Science in Special Education from Binghamton University. Sarah taught English in Upstate New York for five years before moving to Florida in 2009. As an educator in Florida, Sarah has taught English, Reading, College Success, and Special Education, and she was a College & Career Specialist for five consecutive years. In 2018, Sarah moved to the MetroWest region of Massachusetts.
Families deserve an educated advocate on their side as they navigate the road to college, so Sarah created CBCR with an ambition to fulfill this role. Sarah whole-heartedly believes in the power of challenging and inspiring each of her students, ensuring that each student's experience is personalized based upon his or her college and career ambitions and goals.
After intensive research and planning, Sarah built CBCR from the ground up and has since been invested in creating a personalized approach for students on the road to college. Sarah specializes in work with families based in New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Maryland, and the Foreign Service, but this list continues to lengthen as CBCR grows! Sarah thrives working as a connection between students and their educational aspirations. Encouraging students to embrace the experiences that their education has afforded them in order to transition to the university. Through their work together, students have earned acceptance to elite and ivy league universities across the nation, been awarded Presidential Scholarships, Honors College admission, and even been offered exclusive seats in selective programs like the Lyceum Scholars.
Sarah is dedicated to all students with whom she works, as well as their families. Sarah aims to teach students, and their parents, how to navigate the process through regular communication and filtering of questions, providing a resource for the entire family. Sarah's mission is to help students navigate their choices, academics, and experiences in order to gain admission into the college or university that best suits their future aspirations.
Outside of her work in college admissions and consulting, Sarah has a passion for running, creating, reading, baseball, spending time with her family, and playing with her two dogs.
Joslyn A. Giles, MSEd
Joslyn Giles strongly connects to Kofi Annan’s notion that “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, for every family.” Joslyn subscribes to the belief that college and career are the guiding light for helping students become successful contributing members of society.
Joslyn has been preparing students for college, career, and citizenship for the past eleven years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Rollins College, a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Troy University, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.
After teaching elementary school for eight years, Joslyn decided to make the jump to high school and has not looked back since. As a high school teacher-leader, Joslyn has taught Intensive Reading, served as a Dean of Students, and is entering her second year as a Graduation Coach.
Joslyn specializes in helping students unlock their full potential by guiding them toward colleges that suit the student’s specific needs and that are academically attainable. As a student who benefited significantly from scholarships, Joslyn understands the significance of exploring financial awards and endowment in order to make post-secondary education affordable. Understanding the complexities of college admissions and the challenges that the process presents students and families, she strives to simplify the process for those whom she serves.
Jenn L. Spalik, MSEd
Jenn began her educational journey as an honor student and Business Major at Valdosta State University in South Georgia, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. After graduation, Jenn began a career as an Event Planner in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Marketing Analyst for IBM in Burlington, Vermont. Although her positions in marketing solidified networking skills and developed a creative business perspective, it lacked the passion later discovered while teaching others in a boardroom, classroom setting, and studio environment. Throughout her college and professional career, Jenn studied, practiced, and taught yoga. Yoga was not only a passion, but a means of stress management, continued education, and balance within her life.
In 2002 Jenn moved to Binghamton, New York, where her journey with Education began. Jenn taught yoga and stress management classes within an alternative school setting to help support GED students. With increased test-score data and successful stress-management testimonials, Jenn’s reputation for balancing educational strategies with behavioral techniques spread within the educational community. Jenn began teaching yoga within the local colleges and public schools, opening her pursuit of a Master in Education degree from Elmira College in Upstate New York.
Jenn has worked within the public and private school settings as a Special Education teacher, specializing in supporting students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. While raising her four children, Jenn worked as a Behavioral Consultant to support local families, in partnership with the school districts, to build positive behavioral strategies and create teaching strategies with learning environments that support all individual students. Her unique experience, combined with her background in yoga, has deepened her knowledge and expertise in stress management strategies, sensory integration practices, and intentional goal-setting to provide individualized support for her students. Jenn’s belief that mindfulness and intentional goal setting are the foundation of any successful professional practice and program preparation.
As a CBCR consultant, Jenn is focused on bringing her unique college and career experience to share the benefits of intentional and mindful practice to guide individual success. To quote Dr. Seuss, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Mindfulness within a moment of transition, such as navigating the college admissions process, can increase the value. Working with Jenn through CBCR, she will help you to highlight your unique gifts or passions, and promote optimal success.
Kerri Mentz, MBA
Janine Bradley, MEd
Kerri earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Binghamton University. Prior to joining CBCR, she worked for several Fortune 500 companies including Canon USA and Citi, as well as AAA.
During her time at Canon, she developed an interest in education while working on several projects aimed at creating technology to assist students and educational professionals. This led to her taking a position at a trade school where she assisted students with the admissions process, financial aid, course scheduling, and more.
Finding the college or university that is the right fit for each individual student, based on their interests and talents, is Kerri’s passion. She enjoys getting to know her students and matching them with schools that will feel like home while preparing them for a rewarding career in their chosen field.
Outside of work, Kerri volunteers as a youth softball coach. Kerri resides in upstate New York with her two daughters and two hound dogs.
Janine (she/her) has earned a Master of Education in Student Affairs Counseling from Bridgewater State University and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Janine has spent her professional career working in Academic Advising in public higher education, and she is passionate about helping students reach their academic goals. She has specialized in supporting students during their transition from high school to college by helping to design and implement learning communities at the college level.
Choosing the right college or university is an important decision, and Janine is excited to work with students as they navigate the college admissions process. She empowers students to make the best academic and life decisions by encouraging self-reflection and goal-setting.
Janine enjoys playing ice hockey, reading, and spending time outdoors outside of work. Janine currently resides in Massachusetts and looks forward to working with students in the New England area.
As a high school student in Johnson City, NY, and a first-generation college student, Jessica was solely responsible for the daunting task of navigating the college admissions process independently. Her own experience and passion for helping people drew her to join the CBCR team.
Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice from The College at Brockport. She then received a Master of Social Work from Binghamton University and obtained her MSW license upon graduation.
Early on, Jessica worked as a school-based counselor in her hometown and a Social Worker at the Binghamton University Counseling Center. Her early career experience provided critical knowledge of the college and primary school systems. She also continued to teach dance, one of her lifelong passions. Jessica’s time as a dance teacher brought forth mentorship experience by working with and leading her students from a young age through graduation.
In 2017, Jessica accepted a role as a hospital-based Social Worker with United Health Services, primarily working with oncology patients. Although at times emotionally taxing, the experience has provided her with the knowledge of how to work with a family unit to assist in making critical decisions within a high-stress environment. Jessica will deploy this experience in helping students and their families navigate the stressful yet highly rewarding college admission process.
From both her personal and professional experience, Jessica understands the importance of finding an institution and a career path that fits an individual’s goals and ambitions. Jessica is incredibly fortunate to work as a CBCR consultant and is excited to utilize her knowledge and experience to help students thrive in their journey. She currently resides in Upstate New York with her husband and two young children.
Jessica Robinson, LMSW
Terrol Graham, MPH
A recipient of Wake Forest University's full cost academic merit Joseph G. Gordon Scholarship that's awarded to five incoming freshmen annually since 1986, he was also awarded full cost academic merit scholarships at the University of Florida and Rollins College and admitted to Vanderbilt (with merit aid), Cornell (named fellowship) and Emory. Terrol was also a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. During the 2012-2013 school year, Terrol studied at the University of Copenhagen as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
Terrol received his M.P.H in health policy and management from Yale University in 2014. Terrol is currently pursuing his doctorate in public health from Harvard University. Terrol previously worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of State as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Terrol specializes in advising students on gaining admissions to elite institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Duke, Columbia, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Dartmouth, et al and other top 25 national universities and the top 20 liberal arts colleges.
Terrol has a history of gaining admission offers to some of these institutions as well as ten years of experience stewarding students successfully through the process of gaining admissions to many of these institutions. In addition to admissions strategy, Terrol also offers test preparation services specific to the GRE Verbal and GRE Analytical Writing sections, SAT Reading and SAT Writing sections, ACT English, ACT Reading, and SAT subject tests, specifically: World History and U.S. History.
Terrol currently resides in the Atlanta Metropolitan area and looks forward to serving students and their families within Atlanta, South Florida, and Jamaica.
Kevin Dunn, BA
Students who work with Kevin understand that "If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it." Kevin, who was twice named volunteer of the year for Polk County, Florida, one of the largest counties in the United States, has spent retirement devoted to encouraging future generations to find their voice and to build up a vigorous work ethic.
Kevin received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was the Director of Education for a very large utility company in Massachusetts. He has stepped away from that endeavor to focus his energies in the college application field.
Kevin’s specialties include SAT, ACT, and PSAT test preparation and essay assistance. In the testing arena, Kevin is known for preparing students to perform well on these tests and is a specialist in eliminating test anxiety. Having volunteered for eleven years in various high schools, many working with Sarah, he has witnessed the increasing decline of the education system and the decline of the individual student’s motivation for success. This decreased output of effort from the educational system that is intended to support students has motivated him to support students in their quest to build a brighter future.
Given the alarming state of the educational system and education's climate, Kevin spends time urging parents, guardians, and grandparents to seek alternate methods to ensure that their students are ready to apply to the universities to ensure success in college and career. Proper guidance is lacking; hence it is up to the individual family to accept this responsibility. Using CBCR, or some form of the college-preparatory program, has become mandatory.
Kevin is dedicated to all students with whom he works, as well as their families. Kevin aims to teach students, and their parents, how to navigate the application process through regular communication and filtering of questions, to be a resource for the entire family. Helping them navigate their choices, academics, and experiences to gain admission into the college or university that best suits their future.
Kevin took early retirement and now shares his time between Florida and Vermont. He has three grown children and four grandchildren.