Michigan College Access Network and San Diego State University’s Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment are excited to launch the Inaugural School Counselor Fellows Program! This program will provide ongoing mentorship and training rooted in leadership and advocacy development for a small, select group of school counselors.

San Diego State University Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment

MCAN understands that school counselors are well positioned to take a leadership role within their community as they inform and guide the postsecondary trajectories of their students. This program will provide counselors with an opportunity to share ideas, pose questions, digest evidence-based research, review school and district policies, and discuss interventions that support college and career readiness in postsecondary planning.

Click here to learn more about the Fellows Program model.

The school counselor fellowship will focus on urgent and timely issues impacting school counselor practice. Fellows will investigate how the pandemic, mental health & wellness, and equity driven practices influence college and career readiness and postsecondary planning. Action oriented plans will be developed to increase practices that best support students as they navigate their postsecondary path in an erratic and changing environment.

Fellows will receive:

  • Professional development
  • Supervision
  • Training in embracing equity driven leadership and advocacy development

Fellows agree to:

  • A two-year fellowship commitment, with the second year being a mentor to new fellows
  • Attend monthly school counselor fellow meetings (via Zoom) - 2 hours per month
  • Complete monthly assignments, readings and reflections – 3 hours per month
  • Provide feedback and recommendations for the fellowship process

Introducing the Inaugural Class of School Counselor Fellows

  • Kimberly Twarowski, Shelby Junior High School
  • Rebekah Ward, Lincoln Middle School
  • Stephanie Patrzik, Grand Traverse Academy
  • Stacey Hickman-Jackson, Nolan Elementary and Middle School
  • Emily Johnson, Plainwell High School
  • Tannille Winston-McCrary, Oak Park High School
  • Rayme Martineau, Marquette-Alger RESA
  • Emily Fritz, Bath High School
  • John Johnson, University Prep Art and Design
  • Ruby Griggs, Hamtramck High School
  • Rakiba Mitchell, Southeastern High School
  • Cathy Longstreet, Hastings High School


Applications for the second cohort of school counselor fellows will open summer, 2021. If you would like to receive personalized communication when the application goes live, contact Autumn Kearney, Strategy Manager for High School Innovation.