DiStefano's College Prep

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I've spent the last seven years researching, sorting, and archiving 500+ scholarships for high school seniors. I have taught college prep to over 1,000 seniors and this is the master list that I have students work from, encouraging them to apply for
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Presentation of current F.A.F.S.A. information for seniors class of 2018. This presentation includes the process for students, information about awards and amounts, common mistakes, and more. Last year, I had 80% of my college bound students
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Every year I present to all students and parents grades 9-12 about scholarships, how to increase your chances of winning, and what kinds of scholarships to search for/apply. Some of the information is specific to WA State but use this as a template
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A presentation I use with my College Prep seniors, utilizing strategies I have learned over the last seven years as a high school counselor.
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Use this tool as a way to track the names and amount of scholarships students complete. In my class, I require students to complete 30 applications/semester. They have to complete this checklist, then they have to show me the completed
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Use this tool with students to help them track the scholarships they're currently focused on. This tool also helps them prioritize their time and stay organized.
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Use this tool to have your students find someone with a bachelor's degree and interview them on their experience. I use this assignment in conjunction with my lessons on college fit. Learning what factors matter most to students and connecting those
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a School Counselor for 6 years, taught College Prep for 5 years, and have coached chess for 4 years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I really connect with the philosophy from Compassionate Schools, Dr. Medina's research on the Brain/Neuroscience, use a Solution-Focused, Strength Based approach when working with students using the positive relationship to empower students, utilize Motivational Interviewing techniques helping students change in a non-judgmental, non-confrontational way.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Before I taught College Prep at my current school, the group of 100 seniors were offered $800,000 total. The first year I taught College Prep, the senior class was offered $1,890,000. The second year I taught College Prep, the seniors were offered $2,507,000. And currently, teaching College Prep for the third year, the seniors have been offered $1,602,000 and it's only November. We are currently on track for a record year. PASS Mentor of the Year Award 2012 for helping migrant students earn high school diplomas. Coached a chess team that improved from 26/26th place our first year at the WA State Chess Team Championship and improved to 11/32nd place the following year.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. University of New England Biddeford, ME 2002-2006 M.Ed. Western Washington University Bellingham, WA 2010-2012

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have a 6 month old son. Any profits I make from the documents I create are going directly to his college fund. I hope to help him pursue any opportunity or passion.

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