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ACES Program MCPS Contacts

Dr. Karen Crews, Supervisor, School Counseling
Ms. Robyn Hart, Secondary Counseling Specialist

Montgomery Blair High School

Montgomery Blair High School
51 University Blvd. East
Silver Spring, MD 20901

ACES Academic CoachJosé Medrano
Work cell phone:  240-688-0330
Office phone:  301-649-2809
jose.medrano@montgomerycollege.edu

Resource Counselor – Ms. Jane Godwin
CCIC – Mr. Edvin Hernandez
Counseling website

James Hubert Blake High School

James Hubert Blake High School
300 Norwood Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20905

ACES Academic Coach 
Office phone: 240-740-1390

Resource Counselor – Mr. Kim Tolbert
CCIC – Ms. Deborah Prochnow
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

Clarksburg High School

Clarksburg High School
22500 Wims Rd.
Clarksburg, MD 20871

ACES Academic Coach – Terré Thomas
Work cell phone: 240-688-1440
Office phone:  301-444-3073
terre.thomas@montgomerycollege.edu

Resource Counselor – Ms. Lindsay Cao
CCIC – Ms. Cintonya Somerville
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

Albert Einstein High School

Albert Einstein High School
11135 Newport Mill Rd.
Kensington, MD 20895

ACES Academic Coach – Amani Dadzie
Work cell phone:  240-863-8075
Office phone:  240-740-2700 ext. 1050
amani.dadzie@montgomerycollege.edu

Resource Counselor – Ms. Anne Fletcher
CCIC – Ms. Bess Lehman
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

Gaithersburg High School

Gaithersburg High School
101 Education Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD  20877

Resource Counselor – Dr. Nikki Jarquin
CCIC – Ms. Geri Sliffman
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

John F. Kennedy High School

John F. Kennedy High School
1901 Randolph Rd.
Silver Spring, MD  20902

ACES Academic Coach Joram Regis
Office phone:  240-740-0111
joram.regis@montgomerycollege.edu

Resource Counselor – Ms. Donniel Gamble
CCIC – Ms. Janae Casey-Robinson
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School

Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School
5939 Muncaster Mill Road
Rockville, MD 20855

ACES Academic Coach

Resource Counselor – Ms. Kerry Oswald
CCIC – Julie Yang
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

Northwood High School

Northwood High School
919 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Resource Counselor – Dr. Maureen Ponce
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

Paint Branch High School

Paint Branch High School
14121 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD  20866

ACES Academic Coach – Melissa Gudiel
Work cell phone:  240-676-6007
Office phone:  301-388-9920 ext. 1032
melissa.gudial@montgomerycollege.edu

Resource Counselor – Ms. Darlene Jackson
CCIC – Ms. Maureen Murphy
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

Rockville High School

Rockville High School
2100 Baltimore Rd.
Rockville, MD  20851

ACES Academic CoachJeanette Rojas
Work cell phone:  240-997-0983
Office phone:  301-517-8108
Jeanette.rojas@montgomerycollege.edu

Resource Counselor – Ms. Alejandra Crawley
CCIC – Ms. Janet Harris
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

Seneca Valley High School

Seneca Valley High School
19401 Crystal Rock Dr.
Germantown, MD  20874

ACES Academic Coach – Traci Johnson
Work cell phone:  240-454-2245
Office phone:  301-353-8000
traci.johnson@montgomerycollege.edu

Resource Counselor – Ms. Sabrina Murray
CCIC – Ms. Patty Maloney
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

Springbrook High School

Springbrook High School
201 Valley Brook Dr.
Silver Spring, MD  20904

ACES Academic Coach – Mónica Burgos
Work cell phone: 240-863-8165
Office phone: 240-740-3800
monica.burgos@montgomerycollege.edu

Watkins Mill High School

Watkins Mill High School
10301 Apple Ridge Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD  20879

ACES Academic Coach – Tiffany Shaw
Work cell phone: 240-495-5584
Office phone: 301-284-4424
tiffany.shaw@montgomerycollege.edu

Resource Counselor – Mr. Paul Young
CCIC – Ms. Kate Heald
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

Wheaton High School

Wheaton High School
12401 Dalewood Dr.
Silver Spring, MD 20904

ACES Academic Coach – Stéphanie Mbella, PhD
Work cell phone: 240-688-0364
Office phone: 301-321-3326
stephanie.mbella@montgomerycollege.edu

Resource Counselor – Ms. Stephanie Powell
CCIC  – Ms. Cynthia Hammond-Davis
Counseling website
College/Career Center website

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High School ACES Workshops

ACES students are required to participate in a range of workshops geared toward academic success, successful completion of the college application process, leadership development and much more.

Junior Orientation

ACES scholars are introduced to the ACES Program at their respective high schools. During this time ACES coaches provide an overview of the program and introduce themselves to the scholars and parents. Scholars are provided with a workshop, college tour schedule, and individual meeting schedule.

Study Skills/Time Management

ACES Scholars learn how to effectively manage their time and utilize study skills that increase academic success. Scholars learn the value of effective planning and clarifying objectives. Ultimately, scholars learn how to, manage their obligations, advocate for themselves and take advantage of their resources.

College Greenlight/Scholarship Workshop

ACES Scholars learn how to navigate the scholarship application process. During the workshop, scholars are introduced to multiple scholarship resources including College Greenlight, RaiseMe, and others. Scholars create accounts and use the resource to apply for and track their scholarship applications.

College Selection Workshop

Scholars are introduced to the college selection process. During the workshop, scholars learn about all factors that go into choosing the appropriate college for the next step in their educational journey. Scholars also learn about all documents required to complete the application process and the associated deadlines.

Career Workshop

Scholars have the opportunity to learn about different career options by completing an online career interest inventory. This information is used to inform the “Why Not Me” ACES Summer Program in selecting professionals who give presentations about their respective fields.

Resume Workshop

Scholars learn about the importance of having a well written resume for scholarship, academic, and employment purposes. Scholars learn about the different components of resumes and ultimately complete a resume that can be used for their future endeavors.

College Essay Workshop

Scholars learn various writing strategies to generate ideas for a well written college essay. Scholars learn how to answer college application essays in a way that articulates who they are beyond their grades and test scores.

Senior Orientation

ACES scholars review the program expectations for senior year. Scholars are provided with a workshop, college tour schedule, and individual meeting schedule.

Financial Aid Workshop w/ Parents

ACES coaches review the entire financial aid process with scholars and their parents. During the workshop, they learn about the difference between scholarships, grants and loans. Participants learn how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and all documents required to finish the process. Many families choose to complete the FAFSA application at the workshop.

College Application Workshop

ACES scholars learn how to complete each component of a college application. During the workshop scholars are made aware of all documents required to complete the process and the associated deadlines.

Scholarship Workshop

ACES Scholars learn how to navigate the scholarship application process. During the workshop, scholars are introduced to multiple scholarship resources. Scholars learn about the nuances of applying for outside scholarships as well institutional scholarships.

Financial Literacy Workshop

ACES Scholars learn about financial planning and sound money management skills. Scholars engage in discussing career goals that provide adequate income and personal fulfillment. Most importantly, scholars learn the societal consequences of both good and bad financial decisions.

Campus Coach Visit

Campus coaches meet with scholars in their senior year to ease the transfer process to Montgomery College (MC). During the meetings, scholars learn how to successfully navigate their way through MC. These meetings occur frequently as students prepare to transfer to the college.

Montgomery Blair High School
51 University Blvd. East
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Jose Medrano, ACES Academic Coach (link to bio)
Work cell phone:  240-688-0330
Office phone:  301-649-2809
jose.medrano@montgomerycollege.edu

James Hubert Blake High School
300 Norwood Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20905

Cedric Jennings, ACES Academic Coach (link to bio)
Work cell phone: 240-687-0654
Office phone: 240-740-1390
cedric.jennings@montgomerycollege.edu

Clarksburg High School
22500 Wims Rd.
Clarksburg, MD 20871

Terré Thomas, ACES Academic Coach (link to bio)
Work cell phone: 240-688-1440
Office phone:  301-444-3073
terre.thomas@montgomerycollege.edu

Albert Einstein High School
11135 Newport Mill Rd.
Kensington, MD 20895

Amani Dadzie, ACES Academic Coach (link to bio)
Work cell phone:  240-863-8075
Office phone:  240-740-2700 ext. 1050
amani.dadzie@montgomerycollege.edu

Gaithersburg High School
101 Education Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD  20877

Kalecia Baity, ACES Academic Coach (link to bio)
Work cell phone: 240-688-0276
Office phone: 301-284-4633
kalecia.baity@montgomerycollege.edu

John F. Kennedy High School
1901 Randolph Rd.
Silver Spring, MD  20902

Monica Burgos, ACES Academic Coach (link o bio)
Work cell phone: 240-863-8165
Office phone:  301-740-0111
monica.burgos@montgomerycollege.edu

Northwood High School
919 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Brad Pabian, ACES Academic Coach (link to bio)
Work cell phone: 240-688-0467
Office phone:  301-649-8088 ext. 1090
brad.pabian@montgomerycollege.edu

Paint Branch High School

14121 Old Columbia Pike

Burtonsville, MD  20866

Melissa Gudiel, ACES Academic Coach (link to bio)

Work cell phone:  240-676-6007

Office phone:  301-388-9920 ext. 1032

melissa.gudial@montgomerycollege.edu

Rockville High School

2100 Baltimore Rd.

Rockville, MD  20851

Jeanette Rojas, ACES Academic Coach (link to bio)

Work cell phone:  240-997-0983

Office phone:  301-517-8108

Jeanette.rojas@montgomerycollege.edu

Seneca Valley High School

19401 Crystal Rock Dr.

Germantown, MD  20874

Traci Johnson, ACES Academic Coach (link to bio)

Work cell phone:  240-454-2245

Office phone:  301-353-8020

traci.johnson@montgomerycollege.edu

Springbrook High School

201 Valley Brook Dr.

Silver Spring, MD  20904

Migdalia Maldonado, ACES Academic Coach (link to bio)

Work cell phone:  240-393-0087

Office phone:  301-989-5183

migdalia.maldonado@montgomerycollege.edu

Watkins Mill High School

10301 Apple Ridge Rd.

Gaithersburg, MD  20879

Tiffany Shaw, ACES Academic Coach (link to bio)

Work cell phone: 240-495-5584
Office phone: 301-284-4424

tiffany.shaw@montgomerycollege.edu

Wheaton High School

12401 Dalewood Dr.

Silver Spring, MD 20904

Stéphanie Mbella, PhD, ACES Academic Coach

Work cell phone: 240-688-0364
Office phone: 301-321-3326

stephanie.mbella@montgomerycollege.edu

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