Cheryl Janzen has served the education industry for over 27 years and has over three years of college counseling experience. She holds credentials in Michigan and Tennessee as a school counselor (preK-12), a certified Language Arts instructor (7-12), a certified Speech and Communication Arts instructor (7-12), and a licensed professional counselor.
In 2015, she earned an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, she carries national board certifications as a general counselor and a school counselor. She began her educational career in 1996 as an English and Speech teacher at Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, Michigan. She transitioned to high school counseling in 2000 when she accepted a position at Franklin High School in Livonia. More recently, she joined the Firat Education team as a College Admissions Consultant in February 2020.
Cheryl has helped over 500 students through the college admissions process, yielding over 10,000 college acceptances. She has visited over 20 colleges and continues to nurture relationships with college admissions representatives. Cheryl has also helped high school students receive over $1 million in financial aid for college.
Cheryl’s expertise in the high school and post-secondary planning area is acknowledged across Michigan and Tennessee. She worked with Eastern Michigan University’s Dr. Suzanne Dugger (formerly Hobson) to co-author a book chapter on secondary educational planning entitled, “Educational Planning: Helping Students Build Lives by Choice, Not by Chance”. This chapter was published in 2004 in the nationally disseminated book, Professional School Counseling: A Handbook of Theories, Programs & Practices.
While living in Michigan, Cheryl was actively involved in the Michigan Counseling Association (MCA) serving as the editor of Quest, the award-winning newsletter for MCA, as well as serving as member-at-large for other state associations.
Since moving to Tennessee, Cheryl has dedicated time to the development and implementation of a comprehensive college and career guidance program. The program provides a systematic approach to secondary and post-secondary planning that ensures opportunities for all students to be college or career ready upon graduation of high school. In January 2011, Cheryl accepted the position as the College and Career Counselor at Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tennessee, a position she assumed after serving five years as the 10th grade school counselor. When the funding for the grant was not renewed, Cheryl returned to the classroom teaching AP Language & Composition, American Literature, Speech & Communications, and ACT Prep.
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