CBCR's Mission

To Provide:
Individualized Consultation
 

Overwhelmed by the college selection and application process? Tailored to your goals and ambitions, we assist in navigating the challenging footpath from freshman year through graduation, and into the university of your choosing.

Customized Advising
 

Need additional assistance, but prefer to work on objectives one item at a time? We provide extra care for specialized projects and focuses, based on the individual's interests, background, and aspirations.

Professional Proofreading
 

Looking to receive feedback on your writing, statement, or resume? We provide support, tailored to your college and career goals.

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 sixteen 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.  

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 to navigate their choices, academics, and experiences in order to gain admission into the college or university that best suits their future aspirations. 

 

Outside of the classroom, Sarah has a passion for running, crafting, reading, baseball, and spending time with her family.  Sarah currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband Brad, their two sons, Broderick and Dreux, and their dog Maggie.

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. 

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, which is 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 given 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 that will 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, in order to be a resource for the entire family. Helping them to navigate their choices, academics, and experiences in order 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.

Collaboration

Kevin, Joslyn, Terrol, and Sarah met in public schools setting 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 to 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:

  • Three students accepted into Military Academies

    • Two to the Naval Academy at Annapolis

  • Eight students accepted into Ivy League Schools

  • Six National Merit Winners

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