Recognition February 15, 2022
Celebrating H.S. School Counselor – Anshay Tull During National School Counselor Week+!
Ms. Anshay Tull first came to Baltimore Design School in 2017 as a college admissions counselor for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. At that time, she was recruiting our class of 2018 during one of our first college fairs. She loved the fact that we were a smaller school, closely connected, and thought the […]
Ms. Anshay Tull first came to Baltimore Design School in 2017 as a college admissions counselor for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. At that time, she was recruiting our class of 2018 during one of our first college fairs. She loved the fact that we were a smaller school, closely connected, and thought the building was simply beautiful. So in 2020, when Ms. Tull earned her Masters degree in School Counseling, she applied to Baltimore City Public Schools with the hopes of starting her new career in a small setting.
It just so happened that our former counselor, Mr. Hayes, was ready to pass the torch (as he accepted an AP position at Forest Park,) and was interviewing candidates to fill his position. Ms. Tull fit the bill and Mr. Hayes chose her to fill his big shoes. She was excited to accept the offer to work with our talented scholars, great staff & faculty.
While Ms. Tull hit the ground running in the beginning of the year, she’s been able to navigate the many hurdles that COVID has caused in Senior planning, 1:1 counseling on college/career choices and graduation requirements. She’s been committed to getting to know each student and says “My favorite part of the job is learning the stories and background of our scholars. Our scholars are extra special because they are so creative in their own right.”
Tull has spent time in each pathway class to get a feel for the skills students are building as they look at their pathways after graduation. ” It’s rewarding to be able to come here every day and watch them create Fashion trends, Graphics Designs and Architecture pieces that potentially will be showcased in the community,” she says. “The futures are so bright for so many of our students.”
When asked what the hardest part of her job as been so far, Ms. Tull says “The most challenging was starting off the school year strong; however, we are still in a pandemic. My own child became ill with Covid and having to be his caretaker caused me to miss two weeks of school. Coming back in October I struggled with keeping it together, staying on task and minor setbacks with school tasks; however, I still made it to get the job done.”
With that being said, 56 seniors out of a class of 70 have applied to Community Colleges and 4-year post-secondary institutions, and at last count 46 seniors have been accepted to community college and 4-year post-secondary institutions, with a total of $770,000 in scholarships earned so far.
The year is just starting to get exciting for high school counselors. Ms. Tull is excited to get the senior class ready for graduation and experience prom with the seniors and juniors. She’s also been busy preparing the Juniors for their Senior year and speaking more with our sophomore and freshman classes about their future goals.
Ms. Tull said she’s looking forward to building out Fall tentative schedules in late spring to be better prepared for next school year, and meeting the new Freshman class of creative scholars coming to Baltimore Design School. We are so excited to have welcomed Anshay to our BDS family and have appreciated her positive attitude and generous hugs. As senior Reggie R. says, “she’s nice and easy to talk to,” and we all agree!