Spencer was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and attended local colleges for my post-secondary education.
I have worked with High School students since 2000 as a mentor, coach, substitute teacher, and counselor. 4 years ago, I was given the opportunity to build, develop, and implement a College Counseling program for the first time in my District. I have created an environment in my high school College & Career Center that is both inviting and welcome to any students or parents as well as providing thorough college, career, and financial aid counseling. Over the years, I have seen many changes in Higher Education and have worked hard to stay current on college admissions criteria and requirements.
Outside of school, my life revolves around my wonderful wife and our 2-year-old daughter. We love to spend time outdoors and exploring our country.
- Bachelors of Arts in History and Art History – University of California, Santa Barbara
- Masters in Educational Counseling – University of La Verne
- Pupil Personnel Services Credential, University of La Verne
- College Admissions Specialist, American School Counselor Association
- School Counselor Data Specialist, American School Counselor Association
- National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
- Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC)
- American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
- California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
Finding the right college/university for the student is a time-consuming, but worthy process. Every student possesses a different set of circumstances, experiences, backgrounds, beliefs, etc. that makes them who they are. These aspects, and many many others, provide a foundation for where to begin the college path. I pride myself in helping students look within themselves to find the aspects they most want in a post-secondary institution.
My philosophy further focuses on helping the student match their career goals and aspirations to a college/university that can steer them in that direction. I focus on finding schools that can provide the student with ample opportunities and experiences – not just within the academic walls, but beyond the borders of the campus. In many ways, I don’t believe the name of the college on their diploma means as much as the experiences gained during the student’s time in school.
“Mr. Barr was always the first and last authority toread my essays and go over my applications because I was confident in his desire to help best prepare students in their future success.” – Gabija (former student)
“From helping me figure out what I really wanted in a school, to what I was interested in, to which schools to apply to and even reading my essays and helping me fill out every application— Spencer was there without hesitation.” – Savannah (former student).
“Spencer is outstanding in equipping students to make informed choices for their post-secondary journeys.” – Lori (community member).
My husband and I are so grateful for everything you are doing, and especially for the wonderful communication. It really makes a difference.” – Daphne & Greg (current and former parents).