Aiglon's Director of College & Careers Counselling, the outstanding Mrs. Fanella-Koch, has been recognised for her significant contribution to the field of international school guidance and counselling.
Well known to all students and families as an expert in the field of college counselling, there is no recipient more deserving of the 2020 CIS Peggy Templeton Strong Award. Congratulations Mrs. Fanella-Koch!
The below is an excerpt from www.cois.org:
The CIS Peggy Templeton Strong Award is an honour which was established to recognize a member of the CIS guidance community who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of international school guidance and counselling.
It is a great pleasure for us to present the 2020 CIS Peggy Templeton Strong Award to Patience Fanella-Koch. Patience has made significant contributions in both her school community and the larger international counselling community. Many nominators note her passion for service and helping others—both professionals and students alike. One of her nominators, a former student, said “she is very hardworking, going beyond anyone’s expectations without being asked because she genuinely wants to help young minds reach their full potential and access life-changing opportunities. Additionally, she is selfless and kind-hearted, which enables her to connect with her students and mentees on a personal level.”
For many years, Patience served on the Executive Board for the International Association for College Admission Counseling, developing the inaugural Opportunity Grant award review and selection process and procedures. Those who worked with her on developing that program noted that “she took on this task as she approaches everything—with thoughtfulness and humour, always keeping the mission of inclusion and access in mind. The structures she put in place will ensure this program continues to be successful for years to come.”
Patience has also, quietly and of her own initiative, volunteered to help build a university counselling program at Starehe Boys’ School in Kenya. One nominator noted “she fills almost all her spare time volunteering to help others, both colleagues and students, access life-changing opportunities. Patience just genuinely wants to help everyone.”
According to one nominator, Patience is “quite simply the most awe-inspiring college counsellor I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Her ability to inspire students, her level of expert knowledge, and the care and time she gives to students is outstanding. Students who are lucky enough to work with her are motivated to try more, push harder and often go beyond their potential. She is truly outstanding in every way.”
Another nominator wrote, “it is important to note that Patience’s super powers include the ability to see those who can benefit from a little guidance whether she has been asked or not. She is changing lives. It’s who she is and what she does.”
Aiglon's College & Careers Counselling Department offer comprehensive counselling and structured, personalised support through which Aiglon students attend top universities across the world. Read more here.