Guidance Counseling

East Jackson Secondary School Counselors

Mr. Fowler – Grades 7-12

I work with students in grades 7 though 12. I have worked at East Jackson Schools for 23 years as a guidance counselor or teacher. This is my tenth year as a high school counselor. I am married and have two boys. One is a graduate of Michigan State University and one is a student at the University of Michigan. That keeps life interesting at home. In my spare time I enjoy playing golf, reading and exercising. Have an enjoyable school year.

Mrs. Shepherd – Social Worker

I work with students in grades 7-12 addressing social/emotional issues that might arise during the school year. My goal is to help remove those barriers so the students can be successful in the classroom. I have received my Masters of Social Work from Spring Arbor University in 2016 and started working at East Jackson in the fall of 2016. I’m looking forward to meeting the students and their families this year!


Click on the tabs to find information specific to the titles. Feel free to call any time with questions. Information on graduation requirements is located in the student handbook.

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Below you will find links to scholarship and financial aid information. Look through the different information that is available. If you have any questions, please contact the Guidance Office.

Federal Financial Aid
Michigan Student Financial Aid Programs
Scholarship Finical Aid Information
Scholarship Websites

About College Visits

The East Jackson Counseling Department encourages students to visit the colleges they are interested in. You can schedule visits through the admissions office at most colleges and universities. This is a great way to get on campus and learn about the programs or majors that students are interested in. Jackson College will have a College Night this fall with representatives from many schools available to answer questions. I will post this date here once it becomes available. Representatives from various colleges will also be visiting EJHS this fall. Juniors and Seniors are able to attend these visits. Click on the file below to see the dates and times of the visits that are scheduled to date.

Senior Information

Congratulations on being a senior. This will be a busy year as you continue the regular course work and participate in school activities. In addition, you will need to start making plans for next year. Completing college applications, scholarship searches, re-taking ACT test are activities that you may need to budget time for. Attached is a link that will help guide you through this process. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Fowler in the Guidance Office.

A new support program for our seniors has been added this year through the College & Career Access Center. Sarah Beadenkopf will be coming to EJHS and will meet with all seniors to assist with college applications, scholarship searches and career planning. Later in the year she will also be available to assist students and parents with the FAFSA application. The College & Career Access Center has some evening and weekend hours so students and parents can take advantage of these services outside of regular school hours. Call 990-0671 to make an appointment. The office is located in the Jackson Crossing, in the Target wing.

JOHN GEORGE, JR. Student Loan Fund

Qualifying students may borrow up to $5000 per year at 2% interest. Applications and details are available at or by visiting their office at 145 South Jackson Street. Applications are due no later than May 1.

12th Grade College Planning Portrait
Dual Enrollment Letter
Fact Sheet Tip
Senior Information

Junior Information

Your junior year is an important year as you start to prepare for plans after high school. Some important activities take place this year. You can start to research colleges and universities, go on college visits, the ACT test is in March. Also remember to concentrate on your classes and continue to apply good study habits. Click bellow for more information on things you can do to make your junior year and beyond a success.

Junior Information
Dual Enrollment Letter

The links below provide some more helpful information for students as they start the college search process.
Choosing a College
8 Things to Know About How Colleges Use Admission Tests