Sandra Gilbert

​Sandra Gilbert holds a MA in Counseling and

 a BA and MA in Speech Communication/

English. Sandra worked as a counselor

and college counselor in Deerfield-Highland

Park, Stevenson, Palatine-Schaumburg and

Maine school districts for over 25 years.


Sandra served as President of the Illinois Association for
College Admission Counseling (IACAC) and currently Co-Chairs the IACAC Admissions Practices Committee.  She is also a member of the IACAC Past Presidents and Conference Planning Committees. Sandra served on the President's Council and Government Relations Committees of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC). She is the recipient of the IACAC President's Service Award.


Sandra has presented on a wide variety of college admission topics to students and parents, and at state and national conferences. She remains active in both IACAC and NACAC and is also a Professional Member of IECA (Independent Education Consultants Association).  Sandra has additional first-hand experience as an application evaluator for Northwestern University and as an Admissions Officer for Stonehill College, in the Boston area. She served as an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University's College of Education, training graduate students seeking a Masters Degree in Counseling. 


Through her experience, Sandra has helped thousands of students matriculate to college and personally visited over 150 college campuses across the United States and Canada. She works with students presenting diverse needs, from those with learning disabilities to gifted students and athletes, as well as students pursuing the arts. (Sandra created the program Passion for the Arts at Highland Park HS, for students interested in majoring in the Visual and Performing Arts.) She maintains close collegial relationships with college admission and financial aid officers at colleges and universities across the country.

​students and families. She was also honored with the 2010 and 2011 Teacher Recognition Award through the U.S. Department of Education.


Through her multiple roles, Pat has counseled thousands of students and families in the college search while overseeing the counseling and college counseling programs at Highland Park High School. Her knowledge of the college process is based on years of experience working with individual students and their families, program development and oversight, knowledge of high school curriculum, and deep knowledge of the process. She has expertise in working not only with high achieving students looking at the most selective colleges in the country, but also students with learning differences, special interests and college transfer students.  Her patience and understanding of the unique qualities of every student stem from a lifetime of experience and is committed to understanding the unique need of students on the North Shore.


Pat has visited over 100 colleges throughout the country and is active  in the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC), and  the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).  She volunteers with College Bound Opportunities and Pass With Flying Colors.  


Pat is skilled in working with all students, but has an affinity for working with students who struggle with anxiety and depression. She created the Drop-In Center at Highland Park High School, (for student group and individual support), and has presented sessions at numerous national, state and local conferences in the areas of student assistance, crisis intervention, and running successful support groups. Pat also taught speech and coached Congressional Debate for 33 years. She served as President of the Illinois Congressional Debate Association and holds a Third Diamond Key Award with the National Speech and Debate Association.


​​                                        Pat Cannon 

Pat Cannon holds a MA in School Counseling, a BA in English, and is a Certified School Administrator.  Pat worked at Highland Park High School as a Counselor for 33 years and was the Department Chair for the last 10 of those years. The City of Highland Park honored Pat with the Mayoral Proclamation for her service to HPHS 

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