Kelley Strong


  • Currently serving as a guidance counselor at a public high school
  • MA in Educational Counseling and PPS Credential
  • Many years experience providing college admission counseling
  • Experience reviewing college essays and writing letters of recommendation for high school students
  • Key Strengths: dedication, enthusiasm, problem-solving



About Kelley

From an early age, I knew that I wanted to follow in my mother’s footsteps and have a career in education. It was not until I began substitute teaching that I realized that my passion was in educational counseling and college admissions. After receiving my Master’s degree in Educational Counseling and PPS credential, I spent several years providing college and career counseling within the non-profit sector. For the last four years, I have worked as a guidance counselor in a public high school. As a high school guidance counselor, I have gained valuable experience helping students strategically plan and prepare for college admission at each specific grade level. During this time, I have also helped several students gain admission into schools such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, Cornell, and USC. I also consider myself a life-long learner, and I am committed to staying updated with current information regarding financial aid, testing, and college admission trends.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two year old son. I love yoga, hiking, and traveling. I have been to over 13 countries and have taught conversational English in Asia. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family and to be able to do what I love each and every day.


  • M.A. – Educational Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential
  • B.A. Social Science

Professional Affiliation(s)

  • American School Counselor Association (ASCA)


One thing that I believe is unique about my counseling style is that I always try to put myself in the shoes of the student and parent. I know that navigating the college admission process can be difficult at times, so I really strive to break it down to make it simple and clear as possible. My goal is to help make my students the most competitive college applicant, while allowing the student stay true to their individual interests and passions. Because every student is unique, I believe that they should receive college advice that is tailored to their own unique educational and long-term goals. I absolutely love working with teens, and one of my greatest strengths is my ability to build strong relationships with my students and their families.


You have helped me tremendously during high school and my college application process. You have always been so kind and thoughtful to my family and me. We are very grateful. Thank you very much!


Thank you for taking the time to help me fill out college applications. You have been such a supportive and wonderful counselor, and I can’t thank you enough.


I cannot thank you enough for helping me with the college process. You are a wonderful counselor who has given me great advice throughout high school. I appreciate the dedication you have for your job. My brother and I are lucky to have you as our counselor. Thank you for always helping us.


Thank you Mrs. Strong for everything that you have done for me. Your understanding, patience, and willingness to go out of your way to help me and other students is beyond anything expected of a high school counselor. I am so lucky to have had your guidance during my time in high school. Your positivity, optimism, and care for those around you make you a great counselor.