New Position at Archbishop Walsh

Olean, NY -- Archbishop Walsh Academy and Southern Tier Catholic School are pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie Raymore-Watson, Ph.D., to the newly created position of College Admissions Counselor. In this role, Dr. Watson will report to the principal of the schools, Mykal Karl.

According to Mrs. Karl, this is “a new position and separate from the role of guidance counselor. This role was created to focus entirely on helping students at a much earlier age think about the type of college they are interested in attending and the preparations necessary for this process.” Mrs. Karl further comments, “Leslie will maximize the students’ possibilities in college choice by examining more challenging colleges and universities as well as performing a more extensive examination of scholarships and academic awards.”

In this position, Dr. Watson will work with students beginning in the 8th grade, with a planned approach for parents and students in each year of their high school career. Dr. Watson stated, “Walsh is a college preparatory school. My objective in this role is to have each of our students attend the very best university to achieve their goals, for the least amount of money, and to create specific programs for parents and students to be able to achieve that objective.”

Dr. Watson, along with her late husband John, were owners of a study abroad business for college students, and previously owned the Canterbury Rams Basketball Team located in New Zealand. In addition, Dr. Watson worked as an associate professor at Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since moving to Allegany she has been active in many volunteer programs.

Dr. Watson has an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Penn State in leisure studies, with a minor in human development and family studies. Her undergraduate degree is from Brock University in Ontario, Canada. Through her Ph.D. program, she developed her academic work in adolescent development and life span psychology, working with notable professors whose published works concentrated on adolescents. She has numerous published works on related topics dealing with life transition events of adolescents, psychological perspectives, leisure behavior, and the transition from adolescence to adulthood as well as in business and tourism.

“Leslie brings a unique background to this position. She holds citizenships in Canada, New Zealand, and Hungary and is a permanent resident of the United States,” stated Beth Powers, president of the Walsh and STCS Board of Trustees. “Leslie really is a citizen of the world. Her perspective and experience will help us leverage the opportunities for Walsh graduates due to our ability to offer our students a world class education through the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. We are excited about the possibilities in offering this type of college admissions counseling program to our students.”

Dr. Watson is currently completing her certification in college admissions counseling through UCLA.

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