Wisconsin College Counselor of the Year
In May 2021 our MCDS college advisor Matt Koehler was awarded the Wisconsin Association of College Admission Counselors (WACAC) 2021 High School Counseling Professional of the Year. This award is earned for exemplifying excellence and dedication to serving the needs of students in the transition from high school to college. A few of the remarks shared about Matt during the award presentation:
Matt is intensely student-centric. He is well received by families, but is incredibly connected to the students he serves. Because of the welcoming environment and atmosphere he has created, Matt’s office is the unofficial hang out of the senior class each year. Matt regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty in his work with students. As the college counselor, his job is specific to the college search process. However, students feel so well connected to Matt, they often turn to him for any number of things – and Matt will always be there for them.
Matt Koehler became the MCDS College Advisor in 2017. Matt last served as Director of Counseling at Journeys School of Teton Science School in Jackson, Wyoming, an independent school designated as an IB World School just as Madison Country Day School.
At his previous school, Matt facilitated a 4-year college counseling program with a “best-fit” college search process. His college counseling program includes IB course planning, college essays and applications, financial aid, enrichment/gap activities, college entrance examinations, teacher recommendations, and specific counseling on making the transition from high school to college. “The primary objective of the 4-year college counseling program I have developed is to find best-fit schools for each MCDS student. They are empowered with current and accurate information about themselves and their countless post-IB options, along with seasoned insight in order to manage the complex steps in the college planning process with grit, optimism, and independence,” Matt told us. “I pledge to work tirelessly to ensure universities do not miss out on the opportunity to have a MCDS graduate on campus as a vital part of their educational communities.”
Matt, who holds an undergraduate degree in Biology with secondary teaching credentials and a graduate degree in Guidance and Counseling with a School Counseling Concentration, will also work with 8th through 10th grade students, focusing on “career exploration while students self-assess, evaluate, and reflect in order to figure out who they are hoping to become as IB students and global citizens,” according to Matt.
Prior to working at the Journeys School, Matt served as College/Guidance Counselor at Oak Ridge High School in Tennessee, where he was instrumental in moving the college admissions through the use of Naviance, a software application that MCDS has recently employed in an effort to greatly facilitate the college search and college application process. Matt also has been active in college admissions organizations including the National Association for College Admission Counseling.