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Who We Are... 

Kathy Klug has been involved in the Aspen School District in Colorado for over 22 years as a College Counselor, English classroom teacher, and Reading Specialist. She is an enthusiast for creating and implementing effective learning programs. Kathy is the Co-Creator and Co-Director of Colorado Western Slope College & Career Outreach since 2004 (formerly Colorado Western Slope College Fair). Kathy was Director from 2004-2014 of Teachers Across Borders: international teachers teaching Cambodian teachers. Kathy’s specialty is college access and counseling for rural and underserved students.  She graduated from Regis University with a BA and Masters in Education with an emphasis in Literacy Instruction. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver in Educational Leadership. She values experience, enthusiasm, energy, keen instincts, and a passion for teaching and professional development.


Melissa Lustig grew up in Denver, Colorado where she graduated from Cherry Creek High School. She double majored in English and History at Wellesley College and earned her Masters from University of Michigan. She is currently earning her College Counseling Certification from UCLA. She brings 12 years of college admission experience to the Aspen College Counseling Office with 3 years at Ursinus College and 9 years at Colorado College. She joined Aspen High School in July 2013. She teaches the Discovery Class (College, Career and ACT Prep) for Juniors.



Hailing from the east coast, Terry Rigney graduated Providence College with a degree in History and worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Texas before moving to Aspen. She worked for eight years in the nonprofit sector focusing on education programs before joining the College Counseling office in 2011. She manages the office and is responsible for office communication. Terry handles all AHS college applications and subsequent reporting. She works closely with the Colorado Western Slope College & Career Outreach and was awarded a Pitkin County Cares Service Award for her involvement in the creation of the CollegeTrek program for Senior Roundtable.  

The Mission of the College Counseling Office
The Aspen High School College Counseling Office is dedicated to helping each student achieve admission to the college of his/her choice within a process of thoughtful consideration of options. The target goal is to find the right college match for each student and to assist the student in the process of application.
The role of the College Counseling Office in the college planning and admission process is to share college knowledge and to support Aspen High School students as they look ahead to post secondary options.

*The College Counseling Office is located in the Mezzanine above the Commons. Please feel free to explore the college resource section outside of the College Counseling Office.
Students are responsible for scheduling their meetings with Terry. Student must come to Mezzanine, do not email requests. 

Kathy Klug, College Counselor
Melissa Lustig, College Counselor
Terry Rigney, Admin. Asst
College Counseling Fax 
970.925.3760 x 1178
970.925.3760 x 1173
970.925.3760 x 1174
Please contact Terry Rigney: trigney@aspenk12.net with comment, questions and suggestions about the College Counseling website. 

Please click here to be redirected to the Colorado Western Slope College & Career Outreach website. Take advantage of and access our great workshop videos.