Question Time

Tell us more about your book, what is it about?

It is about making the high school experience as smooth as possible for all students, regardless of their background. It addresses issues facing students transferring from other U.S. schools and international schools. It answers questions on selecting the appropriate high school program based on post-high school plans and it helps students cope with the multiple social, emotional, academic and other personal challenges the high school student faces every school day.

Clearly this book is about the transitioning into high school, but who specifically do you think would find this book useful?

Parents who want to support their high school teens but are not sure how to begin because of the many difficult aspects of high school, for example, how many Advanced Placement (AP) courses can a self-motivated high school junior successfully handle? How can they prepare their teens for college? Parents frequently acknowledge that high school is no longer what it was when they were in high school and that it’s far more complex now.

“100 Questions: Answers to 100 Questions Teens and Parents Ask about High School” looks to be directed at young people moving into High School in America?  How would this book help students or families of young people who are moving from another country to start education in an American school?

It shows students or families who are moving here from another country what steps will help their teens’ successful transition to an American High School, what questions to ask, to whom to direct their questions as well as how to access resources to help their students adjust and succeed

What sort of guidance does this book provide?  Is it just about the transition, or are there any guidance points that would be useful to a student, or family member of a student that is already attending high school?

It addresses questions that current high school students face, including time management, stress, balancing academics and extracurricular activities, preparing for college admission tests like the SAT and ACT and getting ready for other post-secondary plans.

What is the strangest question relating to high school that you have been asked, is it in this book?

The strangest question I was asked is, “Can you make my child attend the tutoring program the school just started? Her grades are bad; she won’t listen to me and refuses to attend.” Yes, it’s in the book.”

What was your inspiration for writing this book, did you find that you had a lot of unanswered questions when you attended high school?

My inspiration for writing the book came from more than two decades of work as an educator helping teens and often perplexed parents understand how high schools work. The questions kept changing and getting more complex, as were the issues. I was convinced that the book would provide the kind of assistance teens of all backgrounds need as their parents try to help them.

What would be the one piece of advice that you offer someone who is about to attend high school for the first time?

You can make your high school experience fun by asking your counselor and teachers questions and doing your work.

Can you tell us more about yourself, what is your background?

I am an educator with more than twenty years of experience and I am a counsellor and college adviser with a Master’s degree. I am a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and served on its Editorial Board.  I am a book reviewer for NACAC.

What will you be working on next; do you have any other “100 Question Books”?

I do but I can’t talk about it right now.

Where can our readers find out more about you, or contact you?

They can do this at: americascounselor.com

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