College Counseling

The College Counseling department at St. Teresa’s Academy provides a comprehensive and individualized program to assist students and their families in the college search, application and matriculation experience. In recent years, STA graduates have attended more than 60 different colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

STA maintains relationships with college and university admission offices throughout the country and around the globe, with more than 130 college and university admission representatives visiting STA each year to meet with students. Our dedicated college counselors regularly visit college campuses to learn more about offerings and meet with STA graduates. The journey to college is one of self-discovery, self-reflection, evaluation and exploration. Our college counselors assist families with building a college list, managing the application process, networking with college representatives, and providing resources for applying for need- and merit-based aid.

College Application Work Day for STA Class of 2023
Monday, August 8
3-6 p.m.
Windmoor Center

Application Kickoff Night for Class of 2023
Wednesday, August 17
7 p.m.
M&A Auditorium – required for seniors and parents strongly encouraged

Catholic College Day
Tuesday, September 6
Lunch/activity – optional event for 10th, 11th, 12th graders

Junior Family College Planning Night with RHS & Sion
Wednesday, September 7
6:30 p.m.
Rockhurst High School

KC Private High Schools’ College Fair
Thursday, September 8
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Rockhurst High School – for families of KC private high schools
Registration for students and a list of participating colleges will be emailed directly to families

College Financial Aid Workshop
Tuesday, October 4
7 p.m.
Virtual program, link will be shared directly with 11th & 12th grade parents

More than 130 colleges from around the globe will visit STA to talk to juniors and seniors from Labor Day through early December. Students must register on Scoir.
ACT and SAT test dates are available here.


Debi Hudson, MA, CEP
Director of College Counseling

Debi has been with STA most of her career. In addition, she has college counseling experience with Rockhurst High School and the University of Tulsa Office of Admission. She is past president of the Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling and the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling, and a former Board Director of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Debi has presented at national and regional conferences and served on numerous committees at the regional and national levels. She has served on the reading committee for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and multiple college admission advisory boards. Debi is a Certified Educational Planner and a member of the Board of Commission of the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners.


Abigail Jelavich, MS
College Counselor

Abigail joined STA’s College Counseling team in August 2019.  A seasoned college admissions professional, Abigail previously worked in undergraduate admissions and outreach for Missouri University of Science & Technology, the University of San Francisco, and California State University East Bay. She also has held roles in graduate admissions for Oregon State University and Rockhurst University.  Abigail was selected for the Western Association for College Admission Counseling’s Leadership Development Institute and the College Board’s Enrollment Leadership Academy. She has presented at regional admissions conferences in Missouri, California and the Pacific Northwest.

STA students and parents utilize Naviance and Scoir, online college planning tools specific to the Academy. These allow students and parents to research colleges, search deadlines and requirements, analyze probability for admission, complete surveys and much more. Students register with Naviance and Scoir in their sophomore year. The Scoir platform also includes career aptitude assessments with YOUScience as well as our Advice Sheets on resumes, interviews, scholarship search and more.