Meet the College Counselors

The college counseling program is staffed by two counselors with broad-based knowledge, considerable experience in the field, and strong connections to key colleges and universities. Together they have over seventy years’ experience in education and college admissions, on both the high school and college sides. While their primary focus is the individual student, the counselors participate in all aspects of the program at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. They are actively engaged with other college-counseling professionals in the area, as well as with college admission personnel across the United States.

Our college counselors are a part of a student services group that includes the school social worker, a school counselor and learning specialists, as well as the academic dean. As part of the student services team, the department can draw from a variety of resources in gaining insights and working with students. Interacting with this group on a regular basis has contributed to its developmental view of post-secondary planning, as the college counselors become familiar with students from the beginning of their freshmen year. They help plan age appropriate activities that will increase a student’s self-awareness and ability to engage in self-reflection. Such self-knowledge provides an excellent foundation for embarking on the post-high school planning process during the junior year.


Contact the College Counselors
Ellen J. Rostker
Co-Director of College Counseling

Merle Spielman
Co-Director of College Counseling

"The teachers here are amazing. They are knowledgeable in the subjects that they teach, and in addition to being our teachers, they also become our friends."

Miriam M. ‘12

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