College Counseling at Episcopal
EHS prepares young people to lead significant lives, and that mission drives our College Counseling program. Our process leads students on an important journey of self-discovery and fosters academic, social, emotional, and spiritual growth.
With a collective 50 years in the field of college admission and counseling, our highly collaborative team makes the college search and application process manageable, thoughtful, and individualized.
In keeping with our mission, the College Counseling department:
- Maintains a student-centered approach that starts with the individual and ends with the student’s full autonomy.
- Initiates one-on-one conversations, keeps the process enjoyable, and delivers timely reminders about what is really important.
- Partners with the many adults in a student’s life (parents, advisors, teachers, coaches), empowering each to find his or her voice.
- Develops applications that capture each student’s authentic and best self.
- Values the richness of the college experience over rankings and seeks to find the best college fit for each student, keeping in mind academic goals and individual circumstances.
Our students STAND OUT and leave EHS as creative, curious, independent, and generous people having found their INNER GENIUS.
- Julie Rollins, Director of College Counseling
- Mark Carter, Associate Director
- Patricia Houser, Associate Director
- Monica Lopez, Associate Director
- Rachel Lopez, Associate Director
- Tena Ward, College Counseling Assistant
Julie Rollins has enjoyed being the Director of College Counseling at Episcopal High School for almost three decades. Even though applying to college has changed drastically in that time period, her philosophy in working with our EHS families and advising students in the college process has remained the same. The right fit is always the best choice – whether it’s the Ivy League, a national liberal arts or women’s college, research university, junior college or special-interest program. You will often hear her reminding students, “it’s not where you go, it’s what you do that matters!” She and her husband are proud parents of Anna, a current EHS senior and Ryan from the EHS Class of 2014 who is a senior at The University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Carter is originally from Mobile, Alabama and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management. Go Eagles! Prior to his current role at Episcopal High School, Mr. Carter began his career in higher education by recruiting for his alma mater. He then served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Loyola University New Orleans. Mr. Carter stays active within the college counseling community by serving as a member at large for both NACAC, TACAC and the advisory board for The University of Alabama.
A native of Louisiana, Ms. Houser has been proud to call Houston home for over three decades. Her career in education spans more than ten years, having spent the first three of those as Assistant Director of Admission at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She received a B.A. degree in Theology from Texas Lutheran University where she was heavily involved with the Admissions office and served as a Student Ambassador. Now in her ninth year at EHS, Ms. Houser loves the process of self-exploration that transpires as students search for the best college fit. An avid writer herself, she especially enjoys helping students with college essays and sharing her own narratives in her letters of recommendation. Outside of work, Ms. Houser can be found exploring new foodie spots with her husband and daughter, baking delicious treats, writing, gardening, or enjoying one of Houston’s many great parks.
A Houstonian native and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Monica Lopez is proud to be working with the youth in her own backyard. Serving youth in helping them fully discover their best selves intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually has been her mission for sixteen years spanning the education spectrum from bilingual elementary education to Catholic faith formation to higher education and now settling in secondary education. Now entering her sixth year at Episcopal, she’s grateful for her prior experience working in admissions at the University of St. Thomas (Houston) and St. Pius X High School for which she has enjoyed witnessing students searching for the best college fit.
Hailing from Round Rock, Texas, Ms. Rachel Lopez pursued her love of literature and working with youth following her graduation from Vassar College. She spent ten incredible years teaching at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, Presbyterian School of Houston, and finally Episcopal High School. She cherished working with the students, preparing them for college and future significant lives in and out of the classroom, which led her to College Counseling. After getting her feet wet with the summer TACAC Admission and College Counseling Institute, Ms. Lopez is excited for what this new chapter will bring!
When students enter the college counseling office, Ms. Tena Ward is the first welcoming face they see. She keeps the office on track and running smoothly—coordinating schedules, planning visits to campus from college admission representatives, and ensuring that students and parents have the information they need as they navigate the college admission process. This will be her 18th year at EHS previously serving in our admissions and academic deans offices. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, painting, and photography.
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