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Dr. Porsha A. Boyd, EdD

Highlights:

  • Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis on Higher Education
  • MA in Educational Counseling with PPS Credential
  • 11 years of college admissions experience
  • Developed and implemented College Counseling Program at a Los Angeles charter high school
  • Currently serving as the founding college counselor at a Los Angeles charter high school
  • Key strengths – Developing personal relationships, encouraging self-advocacy and working with students from a myriad of socio-economic backgrounds
  • Served as a reader for the Dell Scholarship Program
  • Certificate from the University of California, San Diego’s Summer Counseling Extension Program
  • Division-I Student-Athlete (Full Athletic Scholarship Recipient)

 

Biography

About Porsha

As an educator and counselor for many years, I have had the pleasure of working alongside some of the most knowledgeable professionals in our field. To date, I have combined theory and practice in order to effectively serve students from various communities. As a result, it is my goal to continue working as an advocate for students, in order to assist them in realizing their academic potential and higher education opportunities.

I spent my first three years at an all-girl Private Catholic High School. I currently serve as a College Counselor at one of the most successful Charter High Schools in Los Angeles, California. I pride myself on the positive relationships that I have been able to develop with my students in order to assist them with the entire college admissions process. My service as a counselor allowed me to guide students through the college process and earn admissions into the top universities including Brown, all of the UC’s and Cal States, Grinnell, University of Wisconsin -Madison, and many other four year institutions. When I am not assisting students, I enjoy spending time with family, playing musical instruments and working out.

Education

  • BA in Liberal Studies
  • MA in Educational Counseling with California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential
  • Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis on higher education

Certification(s)

  • Certificate from the University of California, San Diego’s Summer Counseling Extension Program

Professional Affiliation(s)

  • Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC)

Philosophy

My perception and philosophy of counseling comes from my own life experiences. Counselors provide a supportive environment in which students can identify salient information or skills to help enable them to navigate challenges both academic and personal. As a high school counselor working with young people who face challenges like self-discovery and peer acceptance, it is critical to gain the confidence of this population through personal interaction and demonstrating professional competence. In my current job, I have honed these skills because I have been asked to work with a highly needy, specialized group of students, while maintaining other counseling and academic advising responsibilities. In the end, counseling requires the ability to identify the needs of the students and the parameters of the job, with the ultimate goal of helping students find academic and personal success.

Testimonial

Counseling services received by Ms. Boyd in relation to academics, financial aid, and the college going process showed how prepared and well informed she is on the subjects. Also, based on services I received, I found Ms. Boyd to be helpful in making sure one would stay on top of their academics, especially when college applications were well underway. She provided one on one meetings and workshops on how to understand the college application process.

~Lemus A.

Ms. Boyd is an excellent counselor. Her dedication to all students’ needs is apparent as she is readily available at all hours of the day. Ms. Boyd has taken on a tremendous role in my life as she has proven to go above and beyond what is expected. She has directed me onto the right path and has supplied me with all the resources necessary to make a decision, whether it be about college or personal obstacles.

~Sam A.