It is hard to imagine a more perfect fit for PCS’s position of college counselor than recently hired Sarah de Sousa. Dean Partlow, who served as PCS’s college counselor for the last five years, resigned at the end of the last school year to take a position closer to his home. So, be forewarned, Sarah is going to win us all over by her sheer energy and devotion to mentoring students. She is focused on helping them craft a vision for their future and find their life’s calling. In fact, her very own college essay addressed that exact topic.
Sarah is a person of many callings. One of her first, a love of poetry and writing, started when she was just three years old; she and her mom would recite Robert Duncan’s work together. Then she fell in love with dancing; that love would lead to another, years later, when she met her husband, Miguel, who is a professional dancer.
At eight years old, she was a regular at Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting, her family owned business. Sarah could be found behind the counter standing on a milk crate helping customers. In fact she took over the business end of Santa Cruz Coffee Rosters when her mom died, and wrangled four locations and fifty employees for six years before she returned to college. A true local, Sarah went to Gateway and York before attending Stanford where she received a BA degree in Modern Thought and Literature, and Santa Clara University where she earned an MA in Counseling Psychology.
Sarah is a competitive dancer, having spent 20 years studying classical ballet, ballroom and social dances such as salsa, tango, and west coast swing. She is a published poet and co-author of several academic articles and book chapters on topics related to mindfulness, education and positive psychology.
For the last seven years Sarah has been working as in independent consultant, mostly over the hill where she helped kids get into college and develop a sense of meaning and purpose, working with students from Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Fremont, San Ramon, Danville and Santa Cruz. She loves mentoring students; her goal is to prepare them so that wherever they go to college they can take full advantage of the opportunity.
Sarah is particularly interested in working at PCS because the student body is much more diverse than her clients in Silicon Valley. She is looking forward to having the opportunity to develop more educational programming around college admissions, and sharing her knowledge and passion with a broader audience.
Welcome back home Sarah, and welcome to PCS!