Mrs. Helene Kunkel attended Georgetown University, earning a B.S.F.S. International Politics, and has been a Los Angeles resident since 1977. After a career in insurance defense, she made the switch to college advising when her own children started high school, and completed the UCLA College Counseling Certificate program. She worked as a college advisor at Palisades Charter High School for eighteen years, the last seven as lead advisor, and participated in the college application process of over 12,000 high school seniors.
Mrs. Kunkel participates in extensive professional development, attending multiple conferences annually (National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Western Association of College Admissions Counselors, Regional Admissions Counselors of California, UC, CSU, College Board, ACT), and has traveled extensively to visit college campuses throughout the United States (30 states and over 200 campuses).
She is available to meet with juniors to start the college search process, and encourages parents to participate in the meetings. Getting organized and starting the process now reduces the stress factor and allows students to make thoughtful and rational choices. Mrs. Kunkel looks forward to working with New West families as their children embark on the path to college.