Biography

My entire professional career has been devoted to adolescent education—as college counselor, academic advisor, teacher, coach, and mentor. This wealth of experience has given me special insight into the intense pressure on students to develop a significant record of performance in and out of the classroom in order to present well to selective colleges. As a result, I know how to manage the peculiar combination of anxiety and aspiration that students experience as they progress through their high school years and, particularly, during the college admissions process. As an independent counselor, drawing on the extensive history of professional activities shown here, my objective is to ensure that those I work with are accepted into colleges that are well suited to their talents, personality, and life goals.
EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
BA Oberlin College

MA University of Texas at Austin (instructor of Freshman Composition)

Independent Educational Consultants Association professional workshop (weeklong workshop
      on educational consulting)

Skaneateles Institute (weeklong seminar for directors of college counseling and
      admissions deans)

College Counseling
  • Director of College Counseling at independent day school in New Canaan, CT
  • Independent college counseling
Professional Associations
  • Member of National Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • Member of the College Board
  • Member of Higher Education Consultants Association
Presentations at professional conferences
  • Rhetorical features that influence the evaluation of an application essay (co-panelist, Dean of Admissions at Harvard University)
  • Voice in the application essay (co-panelist, admissions officer at Columbia Univ)
  • The rankings debate (co-panelist, editor of US News & World Report)
  • Learning differences and college admissions (co-panelist, Dean of Admissions at Brown University)
  • The reciprocal benefits of community service (co-panelist, Head of School at Hammonasset School)
Articles & citations
  • The Chaos Illusion: How to Manage the Admissions Outcome
    (St. Luke's School Bulletin)
  • Rank Nonsense: The Problem with Ordering Colleges from Best to Worst
    (St. Luke's School Bulletin)
  • Authentic Lives: The Development of the Whole Person and College Admissions
    (St. Luke's School Bulletin)
  • Early Admissions: Why do so many students apply early?
    (St. Luke's School Bulletin)
  • Difficulties associated with writing about self in the application essay, as quoted in Clueless in Academe, Gerald Graff (Yale University Press), pp. 203-07
St. Luke’s School (New Canaan, CT)
  • Director of College Counseling
  • Head of English department,
  • Director of Summer School,
  • Director of Community Service Program,
  • Member of Headmaster’s Administrative Council
  • English teacher
  • Varsity athletics coach
  • Group supervisor: school newspaper, debate team, Model Congress, student council, mountaineering club
McGraw-Hill, New York City
  • Writer/editor for the Product Information Network