Sara Urquidez’s passion for college access led her to the Academic Success Program (ASP), which works with students, parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and college admissions officers to ensure that students from all backgrounds can access an affordable college education.
She first started as an ASP volunteer and took over as the Hillcrest High School college advisor in November 2012. Sara’s students earned more than $6 million in scholarships within 6 months, including the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. Sara’s students were successfully admitted to UChicago, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Duke, Columbia, Rice, Stanford, and many other universities.
Shortly after her seniors graduated from high school, Sara took over as Executive Director. During her tenure, she has expanded the ASP network from 3 high schools in the Dallas Independent School District to 27 schools throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and Houston, serving more than 30,000 students each year.
Sara advocates for all students throughout the country by participating in multiple professional associations and scholarship committees. She serves on Executive Board of the Coalition for College, as well as the counselor advisory boards of Caltech, University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas at Austin, and the Common Application.
Sara presents regularly on college admissions, access, and student issues at the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), the National College Attainment Network (NCAN), College Board Forum, AP National Conference, College Board’s Dream Deferred conference, and the Texas Association of College Admissions Counseling (TACAC).
Booker T Washington High School for Performing & Visual Arts
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Alexandra Clayton is the College Advisor serving Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and is also a proud graduate from the dance discipline. Alexandra holds a B.A. in journalism from Penn State with minors in English and French and is originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Alexandra has been an ASP college expert throughout the years working with students at Woodrow Wilson High School and multiple ILTexas charter schools across Tarrant County. Alexandra has a strong history of working with educational nonprofits in Dallas. After serving as a math fellow in Houston ISD and a program specialist at the Boys & Girls Club, Alexandra has found her home in North Texas. Her previous work in the nonprofit sector includes grant writing and program implementation for low-income residents to achieve stability in physical health, academics, and finances. She cultivated partnerships with Dallas Afterschool and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and presented sessions at national conferences.
Alexandra is bursting with glee to help all of her seniors prepare for college. Editing essays is the highlight of her work. When not with students, Alexandra spends her time cooking and loving on her three four-legged animals. She looks forward to cheering on her Nittany Lions every fall!
Bryan Adams High School
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Marietta Perez is excited to serve as the College Advisor for Bryan Adams High School. As a Dallas ISD and ASP alumni, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. Similar to many first-generation and low-income students, Marietta was appreciative of the opportunities that came with attending a private research institution.
After witnessing and experiencing the disparity of support between underrepresented and more socio-economically advantaged students at four year institutions, Marietta was inspired to help write a different story. She is thrilled to advocate for underserved communities in their journey to higher education. Marietta is eager to uplift and support the amazing students of Dallas ISD during this new chapter of their lives. When she is not building college lists and editing essays, Marietta can be found finding the next best dishes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
H Grady Spruce High School
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Samanta Martinez is thrilled to work as a college advisor at H. Grady Spruce! Originally from Pharr, Texas, Ms. Martinez graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema and Media Studies with an Italian Studies minor. This will be her first year working with ASP and she is passionate about working with students to help them attain an affordable four-year college degree after high school.
As a first-generation student coming from a low-income community, attending college out of state was unexpected. She was fortunate to have an amazing college counselor who supported her through the application process and helped her receive a great financial aid package. Although attending college was a wonderful experience, Sam struggled in her first semester adjusting to the new environment. However, with the support from the college resources and her aspirations to receive a higher education, she successfully surpassed the challenges to break the cycle of earning a college degree. Sam is excited to be back in Texas, and she is committed to help students go to and through college!
A few of her favorite hobbies outside of school include running, cooking, and watching a good TV show, like Modern Family, Abbott Elementary, and Gilmore Girls!
Hillcrest High School
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Lexus Davis is excited to serve as the College Advisor for Hillcrest High School. Originally from West Philadelphia, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Peace & Justice Studies from Gettysburg College.
Consistently asking the bigger questions of life, Lexus is always questioning institutional structures and looking for different solutions. Some examples include “how do I get to college” and “how do I succeed once I am there,” especially as someone who identifies as First-Gen. Lexus is an avid social justice advocate and is devoted to providing culturally diverse and underrepresented students the same opportunities afforded to her throughout her academic and professional career.
From cliff jumping in Nicaragua to wood carving in Indonesia, Lexus is like finding Waldo because who knows what her next adventure will be. When she is not off on an adventure, literally chasing waterfalls or editing essays, she is trying a new recipe, learning new dances, or painting.
Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Academy
Students & Families: Connect with Ms. Crook
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Claire Crook is really excited to work as a College Advisor at IDEA. She was born and raised in a small town in North Texas. She attended college at Stephen F. Austin State University and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
She remembers feeling very ill prepared for the college admissions process and wished she had more knowledge going into it. Because of that she is very passionate about helping as much as she can and being there for her students. After her own experiences and struggles with the college application process, she is looking forward to guiding students and their families during their college endeavors. Her goal is to help students and families feel more comfortable and at ease as they take this big step.
When Claire isn’t at work you can find her at a local coffee shop or out and about with her friends and family. She is a massive Harry Potter and Marvel movie fan, and you will probably hear her quoting them randomly throughout the day.
North Dallas High School
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Cierra Cotton is delighted to serve as the Lead College Advisor for North Dallas High School. She is a native of Baltimore, MD, who has called Dallas home since 2016. A graduate of Fordham University in New York City, she holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and had the opportunity to train and perform with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a college student. Upon graduation, Cierra discovered a love for working with youth and has worked as a dance educator for over fifteen different schools & organizations across five states.
Before becoming a college advisor, Cierra spent five years working for Behind Every Door as the Director of Student Life at The Hive and The Rose Community Center: where she oversaw the daily operations and developed educational programming for K-12 students. In 2020, she was named one of D Magazine’s Front-Line Heroes for her commitment to providing educational tools, financial resources, and meal assistance to under-resourced families in Dallas. Her extensive experience building relationships with and developing programming for youth and families in low-income and underserved communities allowed her to see first-hand the lack of support her students had when pursuing higher education. Cierra believes that college should be accessible and affordable for all and is passionate about helping students realize their true potential. She is excited to be back for year 2 and looks forward to further growing the college-going culture within North Dallas.
When she isn’t working with students, Cierra loves traveling, writing, teaching dance classes, thrift shopping, visiting museums, volunteering, and is always on the lookout for new vegetarian & vegan restaurants in the DFW area.
North Lake Early College High School
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Dylan Matney is ecstatic to serve as the College Advisor at North Lake Early College High School. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex and is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he earned his Bachelors of Arts in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. While earning his college degree he worked as a tutor for the AVID program at Fossil Ridge High School, and worked with students to help them make their college dreams come true. After graduating from UNT, Dylan served the Keller community as an educator in Keller ISD for 5 years where he taught 7th Grade English, AVID, and 5th Grade English/Language Arts.
As a first generation college student, Dylan knows how overwhelming the college process can be, and has a strong passion for helping students navigate their college journeys. While in high school and college, Dylan was fortunate enough to have an advisor he could go to for help with the college process, and he is dedicated to being that person for his students.
When Dylan isn’t helping his students with college applications and essays, he can probably be found at Barnes & Noble, browsing the fiction section with a Starbucks coffee in his hand. As a self identified “nerd”, Dylan is a Star Wars aficionado and video gaming enthusiast who loves to jam out to his collection of vinyls.
Moises E. Molina High School
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Milagros Garcia is really excited to embark on her second year as a College Advisor at Molina High School. Born and raised in Oak Cliff, she graduated from Dallas ISD. From there, Milagros attended the University of Rochester in western New York where she majored in English: Language, Media and Communications. After working in admissions and spending some time in the corporate workplace, Milagros realized that her passion truly lied in college access and helping students. Through her experience advocating for students, she grew to understand the disparities of access and lack of resources in her own community. This is why she sought out to work for ASP.
When Milagros isn’t thinking about essays, financial aid, and college applications she enjoys dancing salsa, bachata, merengue and any other latin dance that gets her feet moving. She also enjoys visiting museums, attending musicals, and spending time with her cat, Trixie.
Seagoville High School
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Kristen Phillips is ready to help the students of Seagoville High School achieve their higher education goals! A little about Kristen; although born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas she left home just a few short hours away to attend Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) in the Fall of 2018, majoring in International Studies.
During her second year in school, she started working with the university’s admissions office to provide a current student perspective to prospective students! This was where her love for higher education began! After helping her university for three years, she was ready to inspire more students! She’s excited to answer questions from parents and support students through their individual college processes, watch them shine wherever they go, while also making it affordable!
Outside of her love for helping students, during the Fall season find her watching every second of every college football game, especially the Aggies! She’s a big traveler and has been very blessed to have seen many parts of the world, her favorite being Istanbul, Turkey (a study abroad she did in school)! When she’s not traveling or watching a game she’s spending time with family or practicing her makeup skills! Don’t be shy, come say hi to Ms. Kristen Phillips! 🙂
Skyline High School
Students & Families: Connect with Mr. Reyes
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Ivan Reyes is incredibly excited to serve as an ASP College Advisor at Skyline High School. He grew up in the Pleasant Grove region here in Dallas, and is a product of Dallas ISD. He is a first-generation student who attended Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience.
Before becoming a College Advisor he spent three years doing research in Cognitive Neuroscience where he became a strong advocate for mental health in underrepresented communities. This influenced his desire to help pioneer various initiatives in college including a mentorship program for first-generation students. He is passionate about ensuring students’ success and providing them the opportunity for them to believe in themselves, believe that they can, and believe that their dreams are possible. He is aware of the challenges students can face when applying for college, and is here to provide them the necessary support to ease the application process!
When he isn’t thinking all things college, Ivan is engaged in working on his cars, exercising, boxing, and reading neuroscience research papers.
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Students & Families: Connect with Ms. Sneed
Briana Sneed is excited to serve as the College Advisor for Skyline High School. As a Dallas ISD alumna, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Prairie View A&M University and her Master’s in Education in Education Policy and Leadership from American University.
Ms.Sneed is an education professional with years of industry experience and a proven track record in different aspects of the education landscape. Before becoming a college advisor, Ms.Sneed was the Dean of Students at a middle school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her passion is for work that helps to ensure high-quality and equitable education for all students. Through her experiences teaching, advocating, and leading, she is devoted to ensuring college access for students.
By academic guidance and counseling, Ms. Sneed plans to support students with college applications, financial aid, and scholarships. Go Raiders!
Sunset High School
Students & Families: Connect with Ms. Castillo
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Maylee Castillo is thrilled to be the college advisor for Sunset High School! Maylee is a Dallas native, born and raised in Oak Cliff and a proud DISD and ASP Alum! Ms. Castillo graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Being a first generation graduate herself, Maylee is a strong advocate for accessibility to higher education for ALL!
Maylee often finds herself making fun coffee drinks at her home coffee bar and hanging out with her 2 fluffy Pomeranians when not helping students find an affordable college option to fit their needs. Maylee looks most forward to meeting all of the new faces at Sunset High School and working toward their bright futures!
Thomas Jefferson High School
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Lesli Martinez is excited to serve as the Lead College Advisor for Thomas Jefferson High School. As a Dallas ISD and ASP alumna, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Midwestern State University.
Before becoming a college advisor, Lesli was a liaison for children with intellectual disabilities where she advocated for the children at school and in the community. She also enjoyed some time at UT Southwestern Medical Center doing research in depression and anxiety and as a Vaccine Outreach Coordinator for the City of Garland Public Health. She is now ready to be an advocate for her students and help them with everything related to the college application process.
Being a first-generation student, she is passionate about having students feeling supported and excited about applying to college. During her free time, Lesli enjoys going to concerts, exploring coffee shops, and walking her two fur babies, Noli and Coffee.
Townview HSHP, SBM, and SEM
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Aisosa Ede-Osifo is excited to work as the College Advisor for Townview Magnet Center’s HSHP, SBM, and SEM schools. Aisosa is a recent graduate from Gettysburg College, located in Pennsylvania, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences. Aisosa is enthusiastic about college access and affordability and has co-sponsored numerous professional development workshops and conversations on her college campus.
A proponent of higher education, Aisosa studied subjects concerning equity and access alongside a rigorous science curriculum. She was fascinated to learn that higher educational attainment directly influences health and overall long-term prosperity. Inspired by her own education and the stories of her peers who struggled to complete the increasingly complex college application process, Aisosa eagerly awaits meeting with students and families to begin their college journeys. The motto of her alma mater is, “do great work,” and that is exactly what Aisosa wants to do with her students!
Some of her interests beyond college access include running, hiking, and sightseeing. In fact, you might even see her attempting to complete local Dallas half-marathons!
Townview HSHP, SBM, and SEM
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Sheridan Smith is excited to work as a College Advisor at Townview. She attended Sam Houston
State University in Huntsville, Texas and earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. As a previous graduate from Dallas ISD, Sheridan enjoyed her time at the School of Health Professions at Townview. Sheridan is pleased to bring her knowledge of the financial aid process from Townview and SHSU to her new class of students. She strives to provide her students with the best opportunities for college.
Outside of school time, Sheridan finds herself taking advantage of her free time, whether it’s relaxing with friends and family or exploring new cities. Sheridan is settling back into Dallas by reuniting with old friends and making new ones to tag along with her on upcoming adventures.
Woodrow Wilson High School
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Wyn Pennybacker is thrilled to serve as Woodrow Wilson High School’s ASP College Advisor. Even as a completely overzealous high school student, Wyn stumbled through the college application process. And though she wound up loving her college experience, she is excited to help Woodrow students through the unique stress of application season, and to connect them with colleges where they will thrive.
A 2019 graduate of Hamilton College, Wyn prioritizes higher education that allows students to deeply explore their identities and interests with capable mentorship. Prior to moving back to her home-city of Dallas to work with ASP, Wyn was fortunate to have mentored peers and students in a variety of locations and contexts, from leading college debate practice at Hamilton, to teaching eleventh grade writing in East Dallas and English Language in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine. Without her professors and academic advisors at Hamilton, Wyn would not have been able to have the experiences she did, and she looks forward to bringing everything she’s learned about mentorship, teaching, and learning to her own students. (Also, she actually loves to read personal statements.)
Currently, Wyn lives in Lakewood, Dallas, and spends most of her free time listening to audiobooks, drinking too-expensive coffee, and preventing her cats from destroying her apartment.
WH Adamson High School
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Adriana Dominguez is excited to serve as the College Advisor for Adamson High School. As a Dallas ISD and ASP alumna, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Texas A&M University. Adriana spent all four years as part of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets where she gained valuable leadership qualities that allowed her to grow as an individual and serve as a mentor for her peers. Through overcoming her own challenges as a first generation student she saw the value in higher education and the various opportunities it unlocked for people like herself. She is eager to work within her community to help create a lasting college-going culture that inspires the next generation of students to keep reaching for their goals.
When Adriana isn’t working with students she enjoys spending time with her family, taking long walks while listening to podcasts and watching comedy specials with her dog, Bunny.
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Ms. Bianca Portillo is excited to serve as a College Advisor for W.H Adamson High School. As a first-generation Salvadoran-American and first-generation college graduate, Ms. Portillo is passionate about giving back to her community. She is proud to hail from Hollywood, Florida, and is proud to be Salvadoran-American. Ms. Portillo is a UNT graduate and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in International Studies.
Ms. Portillo has previously worked with the wonderful staff and students of W.H Adamson as an English I Honors teacher for the P-TECH department for 2 school years. After transitioning out of the classroom Ms. Portillo worked for Communities In Schools-Dallas Region as a Site Coordinator for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD.
Ms. Portillo has made it a mission to empower, support, and encourage students of all backgrounds to achieve their dreams and aspirations. She believes strongly in making education accessible, meaningful, and impactful for students of all economic and social backgrounds.
WT White High School
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Kaimen Goudy is excited to serve as the College Advisor for W.T. White High School. As an ASP alumni, she recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government. Kaimen passionately believes that every student should have an equal opportunity to receive a higher education; she co-founded the Equity and Inclusion Committee on her college campus.
Growing up, Kaimen moved around a lot. Due to this, she attended 13 different K-12 schools. This upbringing allowed her to attend schools in various geographical, cultural, and educational settings. This transient beginning afforded her the opportunity to acquire a unique perspective of the education system. After witnessing the lack of an equitable education system for underrepresented and low-income students across the country, she became passionate about challenging the institutional systems and being a part of the solutions. As an ASP alumni she has first-hand knowledge of how significant an individual college advisor is to a student during the college application process. Through ASP, Kaimen had that much-needed support in high school and is overjoyed to now be that support for her students.
Ms. Goudy also enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, photography, visiting museums, and musicals.
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Students and Families: Connect with Ms. Hernandez
Maxine Hernandez is thrilled to serve as a College Advisor for W.T. White High School. She was born and raised in Dallas County and graduated from Texas Tech University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Chemistry.
As a first generation student herself, she understands how difficult and daunting the college process can be and is determined to help teach students about all opportunities that are available to them to pursue their own dreams and futures.
In her free time Ms. Hernandez enjoys spending time with her fiancé, cuddling up on her couch with her two cats, crocheting and reading.
ILTexas Aggieland High School
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ILTexas Arlington-Grand Prairie High School
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Cailyn Byrd is the Dean of College Advising at International Leadership Texas Arlington-Grand Prairie High School. She went to Abilene Christian University where she received her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work. This will be my fifth year on the ASP Team. She worked as our ASP Alumni Coordinator for a year, before getting to do work with our students on the high school level.
She remembers feeling very isolated and limited in knowledge during her own college application journey. She loves that she gets to be in a place to help students and families avoid those feelings. Ms. Byrd’s that we all get to work through this process together, and create the best solutions for the next generation of college students. Finding success and hope in every student’s story is what she looks forward to most.
ILTexas Garland High School
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Sara Morgan is the Dean of College Advising at ILTexas Garland High School and the Director of Community Relations. She previously served as the College Advisor for Seagoville High School, the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, and Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School.
Sara grew up in the DFW Metroplex and went on to graduate from Syracuse University with a BA in International Relations and Geography. During high school, Sara spent her summers in Mexico studying Spanish and learning to think critically about privilege and global inequality. During college, she continued to immerse herself in the Spanish language by studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, focusing her degree on Latin American studies, and volunteering with the United Farm Workers of Syracuse, NY.
After graduating, Sara took the long way back to Texas. Her journey has included stops working for a Burmese-run human rights organization on the Thai-Burma border, teaching high school government in American Samoa, leading groups of students building water infrastructure in Ecuador, and creating environmental education programs in the Adirondacks for two museums. She travelled extensively in all of these regions and loves the thrill of backpacking solo – especially the relationships across borders and cultures it forges.
Sara is excited to continue to help the AMAZING students of ASP showcase their strengths and navigate this pivotal moment of their lives.
ILTexas Keller-Saginaw High School
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Larisa Kliman serves as the ASP Director of Special Programs and Dean of College Advising for the ILTexas Keller-Saginaw High School. This is her seventh school year with ASP, and she’s excited to return to her first school, KSHS. In 2018, she worked with a group of students to start the ASP Ambassador Program – a student-led organization that focuses on peer-to-peer mentoring about the college process. The ASP Ambassadors are now at every ASP campus!
Ms. Kliman holds a B.S in Psychology and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration. Ms. Kliman previously worked as an admissions counselor, but she wanted to work more closely and consistently with students and decided to move to the other side of the desk as a college advisor. Ms. Kliman loves getting to know her students and helping them navigate the not-so-scary world of college applications. She is extremely passionate about higher education and making sure every student has an affordable college option. When she’s not editing essays, Ms. Kliman enjoys traveling, cooking, and spoiling her dog, Rosie.
ILTexas Lancaster-Desoto High School
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Sunny Korie is honored to be a part of ASP and is excited to be working as the College Advisor for International Leadership Texas Lancaster-Desoto High School.
She was raised in Florida and is a proud alum of the University of Florida (UF). Through studying Psychology and Education and her involvement in various student organizations at UF, she developed a passion for the field of Education and knew that she wanted to serve in a position that would allow her to ignite the same passion in other students. She ventured off to Texas to earn a masters in Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin and now has over 10 years of experience in the field of Education.
While earning her graduate degree, she interned with UT’s First Year Experience Office. She also worked for UT’s Athletic Department in their Academic Center. She has taught with KIPP Texas, Dallas ISD, and Life School. She has also had the opportunity to work as an Educator for the Frontiers of Flight Museum. She is cognizant of the privilege and opportunities that come with earning a college degree and she wants to make sure her students get that same advantage.
Outside of getting students excited about higher education, Sunny enjoys frequenting eateries all over the metroplex. She is “Yelp Elite” and is always looking for an opportunity to try new foods. Along with family and friends, she loves walking through hiking trails, farmers markets, gardens, stores and more.
ILTexas Katy-Westpark High School
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Lee Canales is entering his fourth year as Dean of College Advising at ILTexas Katy-Westpark. The Class of 2023 holds a special spot in his heart because when they walk the stage, Mr. Canales will be entering his twenty-third year of helping students open the book to their next chapter of life!
A Houston-area native and a graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Honors College, Mr. C received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Neurobiology and Integrative Biology. His love for working with students began the day he attended Freshman Orientation and the rest they say, is history. He began work in college admissions and brings his university experience to the guidance he provides to students and parents.
Mr. Canales considers himself to be a work-in-progress, and is always learning new things. Mr. C is a former medic, a multi-instrumentalist, a music producer and most recently, a fledgling orchestral composer. He is married to his wife of ten years, Rachel, and they enjoy their time watching movies and caring for their furry rescue family. He encourages students and colleagues to practice self-care while making time for the things they love.
ILTexas Windmill Lakes-Orem High School
Students and Families: Connect with Ms. Campuzano
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Jasmine Campuzano is excited to serve as the College Advisor for Windmill Lakes-Orem High School. She is a Houston native and attended Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, receiving a B.A in Communication Arts and Public Policy.
As a first-generation student, she dedicated her undergraduate career to working with non-profit organizations to create a positive impact in local communities. She had the privilege to attend college because she was awarded a scholarship to study out-of-state. The transition wasn’t easy, but this led her to become passionate in empowering youth to overcome the restrictions society has placed on them. She is excited to work alongside ASP and ensure every student has access to a higher education.
Jasmine has enjoyed settling back in Houston and catching up with all her family members. Whenever she’s given the chance to, she enjoys traveling, hiking, meditating, and yoga. Most importantly, she enjoys making memories with her family and making new adventures with them.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
A native Texan, Dallas ISD graduate, and lifelong DFW resident, Sarah Snyder has been working in education through most of her career. Sarah is acutely aware of the importance of equity, access, and affordability in college admissions. From working in the college counseling office of a private Dallas high school to being an admission counselor at her alma mater for 7 years, on both the freshman and transfer side, Sarah is extremely excited to join the ASP staff and advocate for higher education for all students.
Sarah received her B.A in psychology and exercise & sports science from Austin College in Sherman, TX, and earned a Master of Education from the University of North Texas. Prior to joining ASP, Sarah collaborated with ASP on presentations for NACAC (National Associate of College Admissions Counseling), TACAC (Texas Association of College Admission Counseling) and the College & Career Readiness Summit at Rice University.