HeadsUp funds college support services at both San Rafael and Terra Linda high schools. Onsite consultants available to all students provide basic admission advice, including assistance with college searches, applications, essays, interview preparation, appeals, and financial aid. In a program designed to assist students of all academic levels and socioeconomic backgrounds, consultants work with students in one-on-one meetings, small workshops, and larger seminars. HeadsUp is thrilled to be able to help students and their parents negotiate the challenging maze that is the college application process!
Kelly Leary, SRHS
A former AP English teacher, business executive, and part-time admissions reader for Dartmouth, Kelly completed the college and career planning program at UC Berkeley. Kelly built the program at SR from the ground up and, describing her philosophy, says, “I strive to provide excellent customer service to ensure that all students know they can receive guidance and support for their college aspirations here at SR.”
Brad Ward, TLHS
Brad grew up in Terra Linda. She is in her 21st year of school-based college counseling and campus-based college admissions, and previously taught history for five years. She's visited over 300 colleges and also recently served on the executive board of WACAC, the professional association for college counselors and admissions officers. Her passion for the work has translated into profound impact on students and families at TL.
SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATE: Brad has been hired by the district for a full-time role in the CCC. HeadsUp is in the process of interviewing for her replacement.
"We are so excited to know that our daughter will have these resources available to her as she prepares herself for college. Many thanks for all that you and your team are doing for our students!"