Counselor Ginger Patron has worked at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts since 2008.
Ginger Patron recognized for work at PHS
Luckily for students at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, award-winning counselor Ginger Patron is ready and able to help.
Patron's work assisting students in navigating the college admissions process recently earned her
recognition from a national organization, Colleges
that Change Lives (CTCL).
A non-profit group founded in 1998, CTCL
was created to "help students frame their search beyond the ratings and rankings and to find a college that cultivates a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college."
In promoting this goal, each year CTCL recognizes outstanding school counselors with the Counselors That Change Lives award.
According to CTCL
, the award "recognizes those whose dedication to the college counseling profession reflects the mission of CTCL
As McDaniel College assistant director of admissions Betsy Beveridge, who nominated Patron for the award, noted last week, the Patapsco counselor fits this decription well.
is a pleasure to work with and to know.
in charge of the AVID program at Patapsco High School
in Baltimore County.
In an area where many of the students follow what their friends have done before them or go to the school that has the cheapest initial price tag, or simply go to the school that has the best name recognition, Ginger
is helping students and parents broaden their horizons," Beveridge wrote in her nomination letter to the CTCL
position at Patapsco
works with students in the Maryland's Tomorrow Program, which seeks to keep students from dropping out of high school.
also works with the school's AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program.
Profiled in the May 19 issue of The Eagle, AVID is geared toward helping middle-achieving students gain acceptance to a post-secondary school.
Through the program, Patron guides students through the college admissions process, from organizing college visits to helping with admissions applications.
As Patapsco counseling department chair Melissa Geigley noted last week, Patron excels despite a busy schedule.
is a huge asset to Patapsco High School
and Center for the Arts."
part, Patron notes that she
was "really surprised - shocked, actually," to receive the award, calling the recognition "a huge honor."
says the key to her
effectiveness as a counselor is looking at each student individually.
sees hundreds of students a year, Patron
strives to approach each as a unique case.
"Each student comes to my office with a new set of problems, a different background, different beliefs and experiences than the last one.
Which means that what worked for one student might not work for the next one."
Working under the motto "there is a college out there for everyone," Patron
seeks to match students with the right college, regardless of ratings, rankings or price tags.
To do this, she
encourages students to ask tough questions and become active participants in the college admissions process.
"It becomes a matter of sitting down and getting to know a student so that you will be better able to communicate to them the most appropriate options for higher education, should they wish to go," Patron
As far as her
career at Patapsco
says that her
mission is far from over, noting,