Mrs. Cook

Mrs. Teresa Wilhelm-Cook, School Counselor

Mrs. Cook 
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.


Drone Pilot Training (PWT368)

This this 8-week course will provide the skills and knowledge you need to safely and legally operate an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), commonly referred to as a drone, either commercially or recreationally. Further, it will provide you with the necessary information required to pass the initial Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aeronautical Knowledge Test to obtain an FAA UAS Pilot’s license. Hands-on flying will enhance your knowledge by giving you the experience of flying a rotary-winged UAS, which will be furnished for your use while participating in this new training. This course focuses on the new rules and regulations regarding the operation of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) operating in the National Airspace under 14 C.F.R. Part 107. You will learn the responsibilities of being a Remote Pilot in Command with using the methodology of Crew Resource Management, Aeronautical Decision Making, and Risk Management to conduct a safe UAS operation. This course also provides the basic conditions, weather reports, basic aerodynamics, airspace use, reading aeronautical charts, airport operations, maintenance, emergency procedures, Certificates of Authorization and other pertinent information regarding the safe flight and operation of small, unmanned aircraft. The course will include equal instructional time in the classroom as well as flying time outdoors and is open to anyone, regardless of skill level and recreational or commercial UAS Piloting interest.

TBD, Tuesday & Thursday (16 sessions)

5:00-7:00 PM

3/15 to 5/5/2022

Location: Somerset County Technical Center

Instructor: Dr. Michael Knapp

Course Cost: $650

Senior 55+ and Veterans Discount Fee $585.00

Limited $300.00 scholarships available

We invite your high school students to join our free virtual college fair for the Northeast Region of  The United States next week, Nov. 15th-20th.  Students can register now through the end of next week!  The students can log in any time during the week and get information from many colleges.  There is a question and answer section for the students to get answers directly from college reps during the week.  The students must go to to the students tab to register ASAP. This service is completely free and we would love to have your school and students join.   Please have your students register as soon as possible if they would like to participate. This is a great virtual resource.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything. Every student that registers is entered to win a $300 scholarship. Have your school share on social media by using the links below: Facebook


Scholarships can be a huge help to college-bound students and their families, but many don’t know where to find them, or how to apply. During this live virtual event students and families will learn key tips on applying for scholarships, how to create a winning scholarship essay, and more.
Let your students and families know that they can register for a free virtual event to learn more. Please send them the information below:
Register now for a free virtual event: Scholarships: Finding Free Money for College
Wednesday, November 3 | 7pm ET Register Now
Thursday, November 4 | 8pm ET Register Now
Space is limited, so please register early!

When:  Tuesday, November 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00
Where: In the LGI.
Who should attend: Parents of students as young as Freshman who plan to attend any kind of Post-Secondary training.
NEED TO ATTEND: Parents of Seniors to complete the FAFSA forms.  Need to bring in Income tax forms from 2020 along with your W-2s.

Free Career Evenings for Teachers and Parents

Expert advice to enhance your students' career potential

InvestIN provides life-changing, immersive career experiences for students aged 12-18 in some of the world's most desirable careers.

We also run a series of bespoke, free-of-charge events for parents and teachers specifically designed to help you enhance your students' career potential. This term’s schedule includes sessions on how to break into medicine, learning leadership skills, launching a career to fight climate change and much more. 

Please forward this email to parents so they can register now and please register yourselves for the teacher events. You can also download our parent event invite here.

Please forward this email to parents so they can register now and please register yourselves for the teacher events. You can also download our parent event invite here.

Hi, Teresa, your students are invited!

I want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Vince Alvarez, and I'll be leading the BigFuture™ Ambassador program this year. As a former high school counselor in Chicago, I'm very excited to work with student ambassadors across the country to help more students, like yours, successfully navigate the college process and earn free money for college while they do it.

The BigFuture Ambassador program empowers students to spread the word to their peers about Opportunity Scholarships and other college planning resources.

Any student can sign up to be a BigFuture ambassador. Students work by themselves or can even start an ambassador club in their school. We provide tools and optional training to help ambassadors build awareness on campus. Being an ambassador is an opportunity for students to develop skills in leadership, public speaking, organization, marketing, collaboration (with both peers and adults), and service to others.

We're contacting you because you previously took a pledge to support students as they complete steps to qualify for College Board Opportunity Scholarships.

How to get involved:


Encourage students to sign up: Consider forwarding this email to student leaders who'd be a good fit for this program, and encourage them to sign up by September 17.


Stay in the know: You can sign up to receive the same monthly email updates that students receive with tools and tips to reach their peers.

What ambassadors can expect this year:

Just-in-time resources throughout the year to promote important college planning steps in class, at school events, or through other communication channels at your school.

Optional virtual training sessions throughout the year to learn how to build student awareness about college planning and Opportunity Scholarships.

Periodic surveys for students to share how it's going and what they need to spread the word.

Ambassadors who attend at least four training events will earn a Gold Leaf Designation. If your students are interested, please encourage them to sign up by September 17, 2021.

Sign Up Now

If you have any questions, please email us at


Vince Alvarez
Associate Director
BigFuture Ambassador Program Lead


Information for College Financial Planning:
________Saving for Your Child’s Education: 529 College Savings Plans -


This week on College Financial Aid and Career Navigator, Tom and Maria are speaking to career expert Howard Wolpoff about 


“Marketing Strategies for Successful Career Positions.”


Scholarship Grants
Go to the website for more information:

Information and a virtual tour of the Milton Hersey School:
Virtual Tour: :

New FAFSA Information!!
Sallie Mae website  for FAFSA information.

***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 2022 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


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:


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.