How should we compare consultants? Why should we hire you to help us apply to private schools?
Hiring a consultant is an investment in your child’s future. You should “shop around.” We all have different backgrounds and different fee structures. I base mine upon collected salary data for my region done by my professional membership association, IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association).
My background is somewhat unique, and it allows me to work for you in a way many other consultants cannot. I have worked in the field of education for 30 years in the following ways:
- Admissions & Financial Aid Director at The Fenn School.
- Head of School at Odyssey Day School.
- Admissions Committee at MIT.
- Educational psychologist in several public school systems (my two graduate degrees are in School Psychology).
- Writing teacher.
- Parenting coach.
- Mother who went through the private school admissions process with my own child. (This is not a real credential, but one that many consultants use. For me, it simply allows me to truly understand the experience of my parent clients.)
- Started my own consulting business 6 years ago.
I’ve spent most of my career on the other side of the desk, so to speak, so I understand the admissions world from my work in former peer schools and with other admissions directors as my colleagues. I am able to advocate for your children from a unique position of knowledge and strength. My background as a psychologist gives me the ability to really understand your child academically, socially and emotionally, and this helps me guide you toward schools that will be a good fit. When comparison shopping, be sure to thoroughly vet the credentials of the consultants you are comparing. You do get what you pay for.
How do you charge for your services?
It depends on the job. For some projects I charge a flat fee, and for others I work by the hour. I also offer reduced fees for certain nonprofits and for clients who are genuinely limited in their ability to pay. As a former financial aid director, I am particularly sensitive to individual circumstances. I also like to work on a small number of pro bono projects at any given time, and as my time permits. Please contact me to confidentially discuss your own needs.
Are you willing to travel?
While most of my business is in eastern Massachusetts, I also have clients in other parts of New England, the US, Canada and the UK. I am happy to travel outside the greater Boston area, at the client’s expense, when necessary.
For clients within the greater Boston area, I am happy to meet with you in my office, in your home, or at a mutually convenient spot in between.
Can you do speaking engagements?
Yes! I actually enjoy public speaking and am available to speak to groups of any size about topics within the areas of expertise I have detailed on this website. I have a great deal of experience speaking to small and large audiences about school admissions, how children think and learn, neuropsych testing/learning disabilities, and a variety of school/family issues like bullying, social media use by kids, technology and the brain, and so on. I enjoy speaking to PTA’s and am able to create parent ed evenings around any of a number of topics. I welcome any requests, and if I feel confident about the desired topic, I will gladly accept speaking engagements.
Will you collaborate with other consultants?
Absolutely. I am used to working as part of a team, especially when a number of different professionals are helpful in collaborating around the needs of a student, or, similarly, the needs of a school. I am comfortable going solo, or being one of several or many other consultants.