Trinity Valley School is very pleased and excited to announce the hiring of Stephanie "Stevi" Schuknecht as our next Director of College Counseling. Stevi will assume responsibility for our program this summer, and we are happy to have her taking this leadership role in the Upper School.
In her nearly two decades as a teacher, college counselor, and director of both college counseling and student support programs, Stevi has distinguished herself through her professionalism, preparation, initiative, and abiding care for her students. During our time getting to know Stevi, we have become even more impressed with her intelligence, collegiality, and desire to serve students and families. She is an educator who models growth and adaptability through her own constant striving to improve her own skills and knowledge, and she projects warmth and sincere interest in others. College admissions colleagues consider her a great collaborator, direct reports rave about her leadership, and parents and students with whom she has worked sing her praises.
Stevi earned her bachelor's degree with a dual major in Criminal Justice and Public Relations at Gonzaga University in her native Washington. She has spent most of the intervening years in Austin, where she currently serves as Director of College Advising and Student Services at Veritas Academy. After making a switch from special education teaching earlier in her career, Stevi's time in independent school administration has followed the classic pattern of a high achiever and self-starter; do your job well and greater responsibility and opportunity will follow! At Veritas since its inception, Stevi has been in the unique position to help build foundational academic and student services policy and practice. She has built a college counseling program from scratch, taken leadership of a team of professionals as that program grew, and ultimately expanded her role to encompass supervision of all counseling and support functions. Stevi has been active in various professional associations, including her current role as a member of the Executive Board of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC). She will complete a Master of Liberal Arts degree at Johns Hopkins University this summer.
Stevi writes, "I believe the college application process can be full of excitement, important lessons, and formational moments. My job is rewarding because I get to walk alongside students as they move into the next stage of life; my goal is always that they do it with clarity, confidence, and excitement. The college application process can be stressful, but there are ways to reduce the stress. I am committed to clear and thoughtful communication, to educating the community in planned and approachable ways, and to providing step-by-step support for students. In every part of my work, whether it is with students, parents, colleagues, or professionals in admissions offices, relationships are critical to what I do. You can look forward to hearing from me soon!"
Along with assuming leadership of the TVS college counseling program and staff, Stevi will provide college counseling services to her own cadre of students and families. Stevi will guide the team in reinforcing strengths and embracing opportunities as identified by our recent ACCIS (Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools) review. Additionally, she will serve as a key member of the Upper School administrative team, working closely with Mr. Kahuda and Dr. Channell on a wide variety of daily and strategic tasks.
Stevi is excited to make her way to Fort Worth this summer with her family. Her husband works in school administration, and they have four children (two boys and two girls) who are in elementary and middle school. As she says, "We are eager to make this transition and put down roots in Fort Worth. We've already purchased our membership to the zoo and I'm shopping for my boots!"