WELCOME TO ASPEN HIGH SCHOOL'S COLLEGE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
The Aspen High School College Counseling Office is dedicated to introducing and educating students and families about options, helping each student create a personalized plan, and guiding them towards realizing their dreams for life after high school.
A student and parent post secondary planning curriculum is offered for each grade level including Freshman Seminar, Junior Discovery Class, Senior Boot Camp I & II, weekly Senior Roundtables, an AHS Graduate Panel, and dozens of evening presentations covering a broad range of topics. The goal is to find the right college/post secondary match for each student and to assist the student in the process of application.
Each fall, the Aspen School District also hosts the Colorado Western Slope College Fair during which admissions officers from 250 colleges and unversities are available to connect with students. Workshops are offered during the College Fair covering topics such as: business majors, the arts, student athletes, highly selective schools, financial aid, and our outstanding Colorado and regional colleges.
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Who We Are in the College Counseling Office ...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 three years at Ursinus College and nine years at Colorado College. She joined Aspen High School in July 2013. She teaches the Discovery Class (College, Career and ACT Prep) for Juniors.Susanne Morrison joined the College Counseling team in the fall of 2017, replacing Terry Rigney who is pursuing a graduate degree from Seton Hall University. Susanne has lived in Aspen since 1989, working in the nonprofit sector - primarily at the Aspen Community Foundation and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Susanne graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 with a BA in Political Science. She manages the college counseling office and is responsible for office communication and scheduling. Susanne handles all AHS college applications and subsequent reporting. She works closely with the Colorado Western Slope College & Career Outreach.
Students are responsible for scheduling their meetings with Kathy and Melissa. To do so, students should come (in-person) to see Susanne. Please do not email meeting requests. The College Counseling Office is located in the Mezzanine above the Commons.Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with comments, questions and suggestions about the College Counseling website.