Jenny has evaluated thousands of college applications and helped hundreds of high schoolers and their parents navigate the college application process. She began her admissions career at The University of Chicago, where she served as Assistant Director, coordinated the merit scholarship selection process, and wrote several of the infamous "Uncommon Application" essay questions. After earning an MFA in creative writing, Jenny moved to New York City, where she has been a college counselor at one of the city's most innovative private schools. She has led essay workshops and "essay boot camps" across the Northeast, has traveled to dozens of colleges and universities across the United States, and has worked with students both in the United States and abroad. Jenny has experience counseling students and families in person, by phone, via email and via Skype. Jenny feels that while the college application process requires significant discipline on the part of any student, it's a terrific opportunity for discovery and reflection. She works hard to help students see the "big picture" and seek out environments that will foster their intellectual, emotional, and professional growth.
Jeff has over 20 years of experience as an education professional. He grew up in Huntington, NY and holds a BA from the University of Montana. After college, Jeff spent many years teaching in and working with therapeutic wilderness programs and schools across the US. After receiving his Masters in Education Administration, he continued to work toward his doctorate in Special Education at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Jeff has held positions as a public school English teacher, as Assistant Principal for a special needs school in London, and as a college counselor for several San Francisco public schools. Jeff is currently an application reader and evaluator for UC Berkeley, where he evaluates thousands of college applications every year, and he has worked with dozens of families in the US and abroad to help them find the "best fit" for high school, therapeutic or special needs programs, and college or grad school.
Heather has worked in education for over 15 years. She has been a college advisor for the past 10 years and is currently the director of a college advising program in a NYC high school. Heather graduated with honors from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, where she received her BA in English. Additionally, she holds a Master’s in English Education from NYU as well as a Master’s in Organizational Psychology from Towson University. She is licensed as a principal and superintendent in New York State. Heather is passionate about helping students and families navigate this overwhelming and daunting process, while simultaneously identifying colleges that will foster each student's curiosity, exploration, and inquiry.
Kirby grew up in Westchester County and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Denison University. She holds a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Hunter College. Kirby combines her experience working in admissions at Denison with her current expertise as a high school guidance counselor to help students and parents through the college search, interview, application, and decision processes. Kirby employs a calm and thoughtful approach in facilitating family communication, planning, and organization throughout the college application experience.