Stacia is now in her third year of college counseling and teaching in the Upper School. Stacia arrived to Roycemore with extensive experience as an independent education consultant and tutor in English, writing, and test prep. Before that, Stacia spent twenty years in higher education, primarily in graduate admissions, and communications and event planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University. She holds a degree in History from the University of California, San Diego and has completed coursework for a Master’s in non-fiction creative writing at Northwestern. She is currently working toward a certificate in college counseling through UCLA Extension. In the fall of 2018, she was nominated for a Golden Apple Teaching Award for the State of Illinois.
In her free time, Stacia enjoys cooking, traveling and hiking with her family, and binge reading on long lazy Saturday afternoons. Her two sons, Finn and Kai, are proud Griffins in the Lower School.
I once came eye to eye with a whale. We shared a moment in the kelp beds off the coast of Southern California, where I grew up. It was my first encounter with the sublime. I’ve been looking for more ever since.
I teach perhaps because I always have. As a child, I preferred playing “school” over playing hide-and-seek or Barbies. In high school, I began what became lifetime of tutoring and mentoring, helping peers with writing and test prep and eventually helping graduate students prepare professorship applications. At Roycemore, I relish working with students throughout their entire high school journey. In the classroom, I teach them to seek meaning through the literature we read, to express themselves fully in what they write, and to instill an ownership of their own learning that they can carry on long past graduation. This also helps make me the luckiest college counselor I know. I have the extraordinary opportunity to connect with individual students, to witness and guide their growth, and to know them deeply. Not only does this help me in their efforts to shape their needs in finding their best fit schools but it also makes doing so a privilege.
This is my home away from home. It is the same for my young sons. Here, we have such a rich, accepting community that the phrase transcends platitude.