Category Archives: Staff View

Supporting Our Remarkable Scholars

My Field Work Insights –Marilyn Lopez, Academic Counselor As school visits with our scholars start winding down and I prepare to write mid-year student reports, I can’t help but admire our scholars. The range of questions that my students have … Continue reading

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Teaming Up with Tutors

“When students make a change to their study habits or access new resources that make a difference—that makes my day. I love it when they move from ‘I’ll try to I AM doing it!” Jackie Billups leads the Rainier Scholars … Continue reading

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Top of the Mountain

We are in the home stretch of bringing this fiscal year to a close and it always seems to be a time of reflection for me as we enjoy the view at the top of the mountain having achieved our … Continue reading

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Cultivating Rainier Scholars to be Self-Advocates and Risk Takers

(Rainier Scholar Jessica (L) and Angelica Johnson, her Academic Counselor) I’m an Academic Counselor to a high school scholar named Jessica who is a junior at the Lakeside School. The photo of Jessica and me was taken during a one-on-one … Continue reading

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Diversity and Inclusion: Drawing lessons from TV’s “The Voice”….say whaaaat?

What do you get when you combine a roomful of advocates for diversity and inclusion in the work place, expert panelists in the field, and Rainier Scholars?  Magic in a bottle, that’s what: “Great insights and wisdom based on four … Continue reading

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A Picture of Future Leaders

“What does it mean to be a Rainier Scholar?” is a common question I would ask college scholars in my meetings and workshops. The summary of responses include leadership, diversity, and community as well as the program’s embedded trinity of … Continue reading

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Scholars by the Bay: Charting their Courses

It was my great pleasure to visit the Bay Area last week and catch up with a few of our college scholars. Four students joined me for a group dinner in Palo Alto and then I had the chance to visit with … Continue reading

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Summer Opportunites, Future Careers

I’m starting my 5th year as an Academic Counselor (AC) at Rainier Scholars, first working with the Academic Counseling and Support (ACSS) phase 7th -9th graders and for the past 2 years with the Leadership Development (LD) phase 10th – … Continue reading

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Nikki’s Farewell

Nikki Danos has served as Rainier Scholars’ College Counseling Director for the past 5 years making an indelible mark on the organization. Respected and appreciated by her students, their families, her colleagues and peers, her diligence and dedication to making … Continue reading

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Envisioning the Future

On May 31st Rainier Scholars’ Cohort XIII students and families will gather for the first time, taking their initial steps in creating a future full of possibilities by earning a college degree. Excited and nervous, these 64 soon-to-be 6th graders … Continue reading

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