Our big congratulations to Rose Yackley – our career and college readiness coordinator at Humboldt High School in Saint Paul – for being recognized nationally as a ‘Counselors Who Change Lives’ honoree by the Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) organization!
Since 2009, CTCL has been recognizing the tireless work of individuals who counsel students in the college search process. This award recognizes those whose dedication to the college counseling profession reflect CTCL ideals by helping students frame their search beyond ratings and ranking to find colleges that provide the foundation for successful and fulfilling lives.
Nominated by St. Olaf College student Shannon Chron, CTCL's commendation for Rose reads:
“Rose creates super engaging content and supportive spaces for all students to explore their post-secondary options. Incredibly affirming and enthusiastic, she truly cares about each student as an individual; her patience and keen listening skills make it possible for her to meet each student where they are. She is endlessly supportive, helping students understand how to apply the skills gained during the college search process in other areas of their lives.
Rose’s nominator shared that ‘students light up when they work with her because they feel seen and less stressed about all the uncertainty of the admission process.’ Rose has a robust sense of humor and believes in sharing laughter and joy with her students and colleagues. She shows up for her students and honors their lived experiences, reminding them there is strength in what they have walked through.
Rose teaches students how to confidently ask direct questions to get the information they need to make informed decisions. They learn how to reflect on why they want to attend college, their individual interests, and non-negotiables. She introduces them to different types of schools, encouraging them to think critically about how their needs and goals would be addressed and supported."