Planning your child’s education can bring feelings of both excitement and uncertainty. I have worked in the field of education for over 35 years, serving in varied roles in public schools, private schools, and at the college level. My work with students has spanned the years from preschool through young adulthood. I am an educational psychologist by training, and have also spent many years as a private school admissions director, head of school, and teacher. My consulting clients come from Massachusetts and many other locations within the US and abroad. I help place kids in schools that best meet their academic, social and emotional needs, whether they are gifted or solidly average students.
I am the only Boston-area consultant who specializes in working with the parents of children applying for entry to grades PK – 8 in independent day schools. I love this age group! I do not assist with high school or college admissions. The best time to get started is Spring or Summer in advance of the Fall application season for school entry the following Fall. I am currently at capacity for new clients, but will begin accepting new clients again in the spring of 2024.
As a parent myself, I personally understand the practical and emotional needs of parents and children as they embark upon their own unique educational journeys. I am well known in the private school world through my former positions as Admissions & Financial Aid Director at The Fenn School in Concord, Massachusetts, and Head of School at Odyssey Day School in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
Please fill out the contact form on my website to set up a free initial consultation and discussion of your child’s needs.
My son was not progressing in first grade, and his evaluation was confusing. Lori was able to provide true insight into my son’s learning needs in laymen terms. We finally had a clear strategy to help him. ~A Westford Parent
Lori is an educator who is well liked by students - as evidenced by reports from my children- but someone who also understands the importance of a good fit for students within a school culture. To achieve an accurate perspective, she works hard to know both the child and the parents. ~A Concord Parent
Lori was invaluable in our son’s application to school. She never tried to oversell the school, nor to overstate our son’s preparedness for its challenges. Her gift lies in her ability to assess a student\'s suitability for a school, and in our son\'s case, she has proven 110% correct: He is thriving. ~A Concord Parent
Lori was instrumental in helping us choose the right school for our son. She seemed to understand what we were looking for in a school and supported us through the admission process and beyond. ~An Arlington Parent
While testing our daughter, Lori was knowledgeable about the admissions process, able to clearly explain the WISC results, and thoughtful in her approach to all members of our family. Our daughter felt comfortable and relaxed with Lori during the testing. ~A Maynard Parent
As a colleague I valued Lori\'s opinion, insights, and intuition. Her ability to listen and to contribute to discussions with her peers, and her knowledge, caring, and rapport with students and their families was always appreciated. Her commitment to areas of diversity and multicultural education was at the forefront of her work. ~A Former Colleague
Our son had a difficult transition from 6th to 7th grade. He was in a very small school and entered a new school in 7th. Lori was instrumental in helping our son become comfortable with his new surroundings, keeping us abreast of his situation, and being an advocate for our family. This school turned out to be our son’s favorite. Thanks Lori! ~A Winchester Parent