College Planners of South Carolina works exclusively for the student and their parents. Students are empowered to make informed decisions about colleges. Transcripts, test scores, interests and abilities are part of the process in selecting options. In addition, savvy school choices are based on the academic, social, emotional and financial needs of the student. The entire college selection and application process is done with the student and the consultant. Consultant works as an advisor and helps the student manage and navigate the entire process up to selecting their first semester courses.
Jenny Whittle, M.Ed
Jenny Whittle is a certified guidance counselor and a certified teacher in South Carolina. She has taught all levels from elementary to college level classes including special needs students. In addition, she held the position of Director of Guidance at Trident Academy for five years. Previously, she has been a guest speaker at several National Conferences and International Conferences regarding students with learning difficulties. She is renowned in working with special needs students. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling from the Citadel and a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Charleston. She attended a Practices and Principles Training Institute at Johns Hopkins University sponsored by the Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA) in 2005. She has established herself as a successful entrepreneur with Charleston Educational Options, an educational consulting firm. She worked as an educational consultant to the CEO of YEScarolina, a non-profit organization established to train teachers to teach in entrepreneurship. Jenny Whittle is a National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Certified Entrepreneur Teacher Instructor (CETI). In addition, she is a member of ASCA, SCCA and TCCA.
Sheila Sparks is a certified guidance counselor in South Carolina with over 25 years experience as a middle and high school counselor. She has developed and presented programs for high school students and their parents on various topics including: Preparing Now for College in the Future, How to Pay for College, The Standout Factor: What Colleges are Looking for in their Applicants and Transitions: Middle School to High School; High School to College. Sheila has worked with students from all ability levels ranging from students with learning disabilities to the Gifted Student. She is also a certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), trained to help people meet career goals by providing career facilitation and guidance.
Sheila was Guidance Director at Brentwood Middle School for 8 years followed by 11 years as the Guidance Director at Moultrie Middle School in Mount Pleasant. She later moved to the high school level to work as a high school counselor at Wando High School for 8 years before serving as Guidance Director for 3 years. She graduated from Baptist College at Charleston Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and earned her Masters in Education in Clinical Counseling from The Citadel. Prior to working for Charleston County Schools, she worked as a social worker for Dept. of Social Services and Community Long Term Care.
“Jenny Whittle fills an incredible gap, and she fills it with heart and soul. She gives hope to parents and students alike. She changes lives. We are not all traditional; college/university students. Because of Jenny, we learn that we all have a chance. That there is hope when we “fall short of” tradition. She is special beyond words, and I only wish we had more Jenny Whittles in this world. Love, love, love this girl. No question, the coolest person I know.” – Alicia D.