Casady School is pleased to announce that Amanda Kisselle has been selected as Co-Director of College Counseling beginning in July.
Ms. Kisselle will partner with Dr. Janet Hubbell, also Co-Director of College Counseling, and Mary Ann Cockrum, Registrar, as they continue the work of our exceptional College Counseling Team. This transition in the College Counseling Office will allow Josh Bottomly to move into his new role as Associate Head of School for Academics, a new senior administrative position.
“We at Casady are accustomed to the exceptional College Counseling experience the School provides for our children,” said Nathan L. Sheldon, Head of Casady School. “We instill excellence, confidence, and integrity in all of our students and help them form the foundations on which they will build success, now and in the future. Ms. Kisselle, Mr. Bottomly, and the whole of Casady’s faculty and staff will continue our 70-year history of living our mission with passion and purpose.”
Ms. Kisselle comes to Casady from Austin College, a student-centered liberal arts college in Sherman Texas. Ms. Kisselle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry in 2004 from Austin College. Ms. Kisselle also spent 12 years in the Admissions Office at Austin College, including three years as Executive Director of Admissions and two years, concurrently, as Director of International Student Recruitment. During her time at the school, she gained extensive knowledge of college admissions, and she has long admired our College Counseling Office because of the values we promote in the college search process and the emphasis that Casady places on finding the “best fit” college for each student.
“I am thrilled that Ms. Kisselle is joining the College Counseling Team,” said Dr. Hubbell. “Her breadth of knowledge about college admissions and her wealth of experience in the field will be an invaluable asset to our team. I look forward to working collaboratively with her to continue to build and grow our program to insure that our students find their ‘best fit’ college.”
The depth that both Ms. Kisselle and Dr. Hubbell have in college admissions reinforces the exceptional and outstanding college counseling experience that we provide for our Casady Community.
"I have received such a warm welcome from Casady students, parents, faculty, and administration and am excited to become a part of this exceptional community,” said Ms. Kisselle. “I look forward to getting to know everyone and helping Casady students and their families find a great college match."
As Ms. Kisselle prepares to join the Casady Community, Mr. Bottomly will begin to transition to his new role. He is uniquely suited for the Associate Head of School for Academics position as he has dedicated 13 of his 18 years in education right here at Casady as an educator and administrator learning about the continuum of education necessary to prepare all of our students for success. A top priority in Casady’s Strategic Plan is to ensure academic excellence in learning and teaching, and to that end Mr. Bottomly will be involved in developing and expanding the curriculum from pre-K through 12th grade in ways that are pedagogically sound and student-centered in our mission.
Casady School’s College Counseling Team has worked with the Class of 2017 as the students have worked through the college application process. Members of the senior class have already received acceptances to colleges including Stanford University, Duke University, Cornell University, Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, Washington University in St. Louis, Barnard College at Columbia University, Tufts University, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, University of Georgia, Southern Methodist University and more. To view a complete list and a map of acceptances, please see our Google Map. Casady School also had seven seniors who scored above the qualifying score of 213 in Oklahoma for National Merit® Semifinalists, the most to reach the semifinalist qualifying range in more than a decade for Casady.
Casady School’s Class of 2016 of 77 seniors earned $5.1 million in merit scholarships who matriculate to 43 different four-year colleges and universities. The top Quartile ACT average for the senior class was 32, and the bottom Quartile average was 25 with an average ACT of 28, putting this Class in the top 90th Percentile in the country. The Class of 2016 had three National Merit Finalists, one National Merit Scholarship winner, two National Hispanic Scholars, and a Gates Millennium Scholar. There were 265 total acceptances to 94 schools in 28 states. Ninety-three percent of seniors reported that they were admitted to their “top choice” school.