Mrs. Cook

Mrs. Cook

Mrs. Teresa Wilhelm-Cook, School Counselor
During this time of chaos and fear of the unknown, I am truly concerned about our students.  For this reason I will be available to talk with anyone that feels the need.  You may call the school to ask them to contact me.  I will come to meet with you at the United Church of God if you feel you need to talk about anything that is going on with you, to make you feel better or calmer during this time of unknowing and insecurity.  You may also Instant Message me, search for my name as it appears above.  Through messaging, 
together we can determine what you need.

****NEW INFORMATION AS OF 7/31/2020!!!!

Finding Last-Minute Scholarships
Please encourage your students to look at these four places to find “Last-Minute Scholarships.”

  1. College's Financial Aid Department - The school’s Financial Aid Office may know about remaining scholarship opportunities.
  1. Student's Employer OR Parent's/Guardian's Employer - If the student or parent is working, even part-time, there may be scholarships available from their employer.
  1. Scholarship Search Engines & Contests - Scholarship search engines and social channels may show late-deadline options and some, like and the U.S. Department of Labor's CareerOneStop can be filtered by due date. Searches can also be conducted on social channels, using hashtags.
  1. Local Organizations - Organizations in the student's hometown may award scholarships and are usually less competitive than national awards.

The Effects of COVID-19
How will Covid-19 affect the next round of college applicants? For an early look, visit

Free Credit Assessment
Many families are experiencing financial challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this difficult time, accessing your credit report is important. That’s why Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion are now offering FREE weekly online reports through April 2021.

Last winter I attended a workshop to learn about Apps and
the apps that are looking to catch our kids up in unhealthy and unsafe behaviors
Please see the following information!!!

The Hoop App

I learned about Hoop from a 12 year old. She was telling me about getting requests for "nudes" via Hoop.

Here is an article to read more about Hoop. From the article: "...At first, Hoop for iOS or Android looks just like Tinder. You create an account with some photos and bio information, and start swiping through profiles. If you like someone, you tap a Snapchat button to request their Snap username so you can message them."

I downloaded Hoop and tried it out.  Many adult women were trying to sell "premium Snapchat services" (Snapchat accounts where you could pay for nude images/videos etc). I saw a few women marketing themselves as escorts.

Younger people on the app were "trying to make friends" or "fill my Snapmap." I saw a lot of girl accounts state in their bio "don't ask for nudes, I'm not sending them." My assumption is that there are a lot of kids asking for nudes, or sharing unwanted nudes via this app. This app has no value for your kids. We teach them not to talk to strangers online. This app connects you to strangers online. Make sure you are checking their devices and having conversations with them. 

There are other apps like Hoop. Wink is one of them. I downloaded it and found the same type of content. Here are some other similar apps (based upon the Apple App Store) and their taglines. ~Ryan

Wink             "meet a Snapchat friend finder"
      "make new Snap friends"
                  "meet new people"
Addchat        "make random friends"
Wizz              "hit me up"
Lemon           "swiping and meet new people"
Hush             "new Snapchat friends"
Itsme             "the happiest place online"
Spotafriend   "swipe, chat and make friends"
Yobo             "discover, chat and meet people" 

***Online Dual Enrollment Classes Through WVU

The HS ACCESS website has everything you need to know about the program, so feel free to send any and all
interested students, families, school districts, colleagues, etc. our way:
Courses available:

***Attention 2021 Seniors

***SAT Practice sites tests (for printing paper practice tests)

***Scholarships you can control!!!

******Check out a site where you input your information (grades & activities) and you can earn money towards your education.  Check out what colleges are participating.

******Also go to to look at information on their College Board Opportunity Scholarships
Build your college list $500
Practice for the SAT $1000
Improve your score $2000
Strengthen your college list $500
Complete the FAFSA $1000
Apply to colleges $1000
Complete all SIX actions $40000

Somerset Education Site located at SCTC

Fall 2020 Semester Course Schedule


11:00-11:50 am - English 101: Freshman English I

12:00-12:50 pm - Psychology 101: General Psychology

1:00-1:50 pm - Psychology/Philosophy 199: Thanatos – A Humanities Approach to Death and Dying


11:00 am - 12:15 pm - History 101: Western Civilization I

12:30 - 1:45 pm - Mathematics 109: Probability and Statistics

2:00 - 3:15 pm - Music 112: Music Appreciation


3:00 - 5:45 pm - Business Administration 101: Introduction to Business


3:00 - 5:45 pm - Computer Technology 107: Introduction to Cybersecurity


3:00 - 5:45 pm - Business Administration 215: Financial Accounting


3:00 - 5:45 pm - Criminal Justice 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Call to register 814-445-9848 or email

**** Attention Parents and Students

Attention Seniors: Scholarship Opportunities

***Attention Seniors:

***FOR Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors


The Pitt-Johnstown Education Division welcomes you to explore our programs and would be excited to accompany you on your journey to becoming a future teacher. In addition to the programs described below, we also offer PreK-12 Spanish as well as add-on certification/endorsement in STEM and ESL.

You will find that this is a great place to learn, make friends, and prepare yourself for the exciting and challenging world of teaching.  We take pride in our teacher education programs which combine high expectations with a caring disposition while readying you for a successful career in education.

We hope you will accept our invitation to meet members of the Education Division faculty, explore teacher education programs available at Pitt-Johnstown, and tour our beautiful campus.  Simply click on the links below!   

Click to Access the Pitt-Johnstown Education website for more detailed information

Click to Take a virtual tour of our beautiful mountaintop campus

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email  Education Division faculty and staff will be happy to answer.

Once again, we are pleased to extend this invitation to become a part of the world class Education Programs at Pitt-Johnstown.

Mary Moxim

Go to this website:

***ATTENTION SAT Information:

These scholarships are now open for your juniors:

Build Your College List: $500

Practice for the SAT®: $1,000

These steps will assist your students as they head into summer and work on plans for college while they prepare for senior year. Access the resources and handouts booklet for lesson plans that can be modified for virtual delivery. You can also share this 3 Ways to Plan for College and Earn Scholarships from Home This Spring (.pdf/566.87 KB) flyer with your students while they're working remotely.

To ensure students will have opportunities to take the SAT® to make up for this spring's lost administrations, we've added a new SAT administration on Saturday, September 26, 2020. This administration date will be for the SAT only (no SAT Subject Tests™ are available). Sunday testing for religious reasons will be available on September 27, 2020. Visit our SAT website for additional updates.




Seniors: See the information below!!!
Scholarship opportunity!!

NEW INFORMATION for Seniors or Juniors!!!!

*Additional Information from PHEAA


PA School Services Reminders:

  • Financial Aid Videos – Looking for online resources for students and families? Check out our short financial aid videos that focus on different subjects of interest.
  • Special Circumstances – We provide special processing to students from families who have suffered a loss of income by re-evaluating your financial need based on your unique circumstances. Special processing may also be extended to those whose family had extraordinary, unreimbursed medical/dental expenses. Obtain reduced income forms or medical expense forms by: Downloading them from the State Grant Documents and Forms page.

**The following email came to me today. It is a link to some online mental health services, such as talking to someone about an issue you may have.

We are now offering all districts and schools in the US access to a Mental Health Education module at no cost. This learning activity is recognized by the Florida District of Education as a valuable resource for grade 6-12 students, and given the current global crisis, it is more important than ever.

Additionally, we’ve added a COVID-19 Awareness and Prevention module. These activities can be done at home, on any device, and will engage learners to build knowledge and awareness in these critical topics. Educators can easily assess student progress.

It's an easy 2-steps to get started:

  1. Sign up at
  2. To get students started, share these instructions with them.

Educators and/or parents wishing to learn more can sign up here for a demonstration or visit our website.

*****CALU News

Here is the good news:  California University of Pennsylvania has decided to waive the SAT/ACT requirement for seniors who have applied or plan to apply to Cal U and have not taken the exam yet.  We are also awarding merit scholarships based on the GPA only for these students.  We are still accepting applications so please encourage students to apply!

As always if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or call 724-938-4404.

Mrs. Cook and Turkeyfoot

Welcome to the Guidance department of Turkeyfoot Valley.
I am the School Counselor for Pre-K through 12th grade. I have been employed at Turkeyfoot since 2001. I began as the Music Teacher/Music Director. I graduated from Frostburg State in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education.  In 2008, I again graduated from Frostburg State University with a Master of Science Degree in Education in School Counseling. 
At that time I became the Elementary School Counselor, in addition to my duties as the Music Teacher/Music Director. 

In 2014, I took over the duties as the School Counselor for the entire School District.
I live in Meyersdale, where I grew up,  with my husband and family.  I have two grown children, and two grandchildren.
I love the atmosphere of the small school here at Turkeyfoot.  It is like that of a family.
I want the best for all the students and strive to make that happen to the best of my ability.