Gain Admission to Success with CBCR
Tailored to student-specific goals and ambitions, we assist high school students to navigate the challenging footpath from freshman year through graduation, and into the university of their choosing.
We provide focused initiatives, that are action-oriented and based on the individual's interests, background, and aspirations. Our primary goal is to coach students to build a resume worth writing about in order to gain admission to their top colleges and universities.
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College Bound, Career Ready LLC:
Established September 2015
NACAC Accreditation January 2022
Six Free Fall & Spring Webinars since 2019
Class of 2022:
Close to 400 applications submitted
324 acceptances as of April 1
80% Acceptance Rate
Six students accepted into Military Academies
Four students were accepted to the Naval Academy at Annapolis
Twelve students were accepted into Ivy League Schools
Seven National Merit Winners
25 Million in Scholarship earnings (includes work in public schools)
Meet The Team
Sarah K. Cook, MSEd
Owner & College Admissions Consultant
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 eighteen years.
Sarah founded College Bound Career Ready LLC (CBCR) in 2015, in order to provide families with an educated advocate as they navigate the road to college. Sarah challenges and motivates each of her students to create personalized goals as they navigate the admissions process. Guided by well-researched philosophies and a student-centered approach, her experience has equipped her for even the most challenging of circumstances.
Sarah has eighteen years of experience in Public Education and currently holds licenses in New York, Florida, and Massachusetts. She has taught English, Reading, and Special Education. She has also served as a College & Career Specialist, and has been an adjunct professor of College Success. In 2022, Sarah also began work as a district consultant, through CBCR, shaping College & Career programming for grades K-12.
At CBCR, Sarah specializes in working with families based in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and the Foreign Service, but this list continues to lengthen as CBCR grows! Sarah's students have earned acceptance to elite and Ivy League universities across the nation, military academies, been awarded Presidential Scholarships, Honors College admission, and even been offered exclusive seats in selective programs such as 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, ll funneled through student Roadmaps. 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 consulting, Sarah has a passion for running, creating, reading, baseball, spending time with her family, and playing with her two dogs.
Joslyn Giles, MSEd
College Admissions Consultant
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 endowments in order to make post-secondary education affordable. Understanding the complexities of college admissions and the challenges that the process presents to students and families, she strives to simplify the process for those whom she serves.
Kerri Mentz, MBA
College Admissions Consultant
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 Bradley, MEd
College Admissions Consultant
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.
Jennifer L. Spalik, MSEd
College Admissions Consultant
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 her 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.
Jessica Robinson, LMSW
College Admissions Consultant
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.
Felecia Edwards-Smith, MS
College Admissions Consultant
Felecia earned her bachelor’s degree in Cellular Biochemistry from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Master’s of Science in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven. Felecia is a scientist by education but has worked in education for over 15 years. Felecia has dedicated her professional career to supporting young people to and through college to achieve their career and life goals. Felecia aspires to be the college admissions consultant she wishes she had when her family navigated the complex and overwhelming college admissions process and decided which college was the best option.
Felecia has 11 years of experience in higher education, working in various areas such as admissions, retention, academic advising, and student success. At the University of New Haven, she was the founding Director of a First-Year Success Center and focused on supporting students in their transition to college by providing holistic coaching support and connecting students to campus resources. Felecia also served as a Director of the Student Success Center in the College of Science and Mathematics, which offered academic advising and programs to support degree completion and connect students to career-connected learning opportunities. Through these experiences, Felecia developed an understanding of the college landscape, the admissions process, and factors contributing to students' college and career success.
Felecia later transitioned to a role in K-12 to help support students earlier in their educational careers, helping them prepare for success on their post-secondary paths. Felecia supports students in the final steps of the decision-making process, offering college matriculation and transitional support, developing partnerships with colleges and universities, and advising college students as they earn their degrees and obtain employment. A recent focus of Felecia’s work is building college AND career awareness in the post-secondary planning process to empower students, build their confidence, and make connections between their interests, college options, and future aspirations. Felecia loves playing matchmaker and helping students find a college and/or career that they love and meets their wants and needs. She also aims to simplify the process and alleviate some of the stress of making an informed college decision.
As a college admissions consultant, students and families can expect a student-centered, collaborative partnership. Felecia will break down the process for students, actively listening to stories, helping students identify assets and talents, encourage self-reflection on what is most important in a college and why, help find scholarships to finance education, provide clear and achievable action steps to move them through the process, and support students every step of the way. At the end of the process, Felecia hopes that students feel empowered in selecting the best choice for them and are 100% confident in their college decision! She will also make sure students and families are aware of the next steps to successfully matriculate to college and have a plan for connecting to campus resources and people.
Outside of Felecia’s work in college access and success, she enjoys watching and playing sports, reading, spending time outdoors with her family, and playing at the local playgrounds with her sons, Elijah and Noah.