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HeadsUp funds college support services at both San Rafael and Terra Linda high schools. Onsite consultants are available to all students and 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 navigate the challenging maze that is the college application process!

College and Career Center SRHS  •  College and Career Center TLHS

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Laura French

Laura French started at San Rafael High School in Spring 2022 where she finished up her practicum work for her College and Career Advising certificate through UC BerkeleyX. Laura’s previous work experience includes consulting for nonprofit programs, serving as legislative aide in the California State Senate and living as a health volunteer in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua.  She holds a B.A. in History from UC Davis and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington, Seattle.  Laura is a big fan of Wordle, farmers markets, Peloton and Tahoe.  In her spare time she likes to listen to audio books and spend time with her husband and three kids.

Laura’s Office hours:

Laura works at San Rafael Tuesday - Friday from 10-3pm and is available by appointment.

Contact Laura


Matt Slavin

Matt comes to HeadsUp with over 15 years of higher education experience. He has held both admissions and academic advising roles at Bay Area institutions, including Dominican University, Holy Names University and the Academy of Art. Earlier in his career, Matt founded and led Filling the Gaps, a nonprofit organization that focused on securing funding for underserved Marin County high school seniors ready to attend a four-year school. 

Matt’s Office hours:

Tuesday - Friday 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at Terra Linda 

and by appointment

Contact Matt

In addition to funding these positions, HeadsUp is providing additional resources for the district college and career advisor at each site in order to boost support for important college access and career exploration activities.

"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!"


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