I began my career in higher education just out of high school when I landed my first "real job" working as a Financial Aid Advisor in a local Truck Driving School. I quickly realized that I loved working with and helping students navigate the college process and achieve their dreams, and so my journey began. Since then I've worked in the areas of admission, financial aid, student advising, college transitions and have taught college courses at both public and private colleges.
I ventured out on my own several years ago to work as an Educational Consultant providing students and families with the tailored guidance they need. I am extremely passionate about the work that I do and love taking the stress out of the college planning process at a rate that is affordable.
2000 B.S. Organizational Leadership, University of New England
2013 M.S. Adult and Higher Education, University of Southern Maine
I didn't have the best start to college just out of high school and called it quits after my first semester, you could say my priorities weren't in the right place. Several years later after working in the field and becoming a young mother I knew that I wanted to provide a good life for my daughter and became inspired to pursue my own dreams of obtaining a college degree that would allow me to further advance in my career. For the next 8 years while raising two young children and working full time I pursued and graduated with my Bachelor's degree and a little over a decade later I obtained my Master's Degree. Being a non traditional student and navigating the tedious and confusing college planning process while raising a family was challenging, however, my experience and knowledge in the field helped me immensely.
In my career I have worked directly with thousands of non-traditional and traditional students in helping them navigate their own college planning process.
Lastly, as a mom to 4 beautiful daughters, ages 25, 20, 14 and 12, 2 of which are currently in college, I have seen it all and been on both sides as student and also as a parent of a student.
While working in Higher Education for all the years that I did, I saw a significant gap between student needs for help and the help they were getting. College Personnel was overloaded and their time was limited and most Educational Consultants out there charge a significant amount and require families/students to buy packages for their services often times costings thousands of dollars. The majority of time students just needed a little more in depth guidance than we were able to give but couldn't afford the costs of consultants. That's why I've designed my consulting services to fit YOUR specific needs and I don't require my clients to sign on for a costly consulting package with me.
Whether it's just a few minutes, hours or days of my time, I can help AND at a very reasonable rate of $85.00 per hour with a 30 minute minimum requirement.
No required consulting packages means big savings for you! Pay as you go!
This new coaching program for High School Seniors and their parents begins August 1st 2019, you can join anytime throughout the senior year!
It is intended to guide families through the overwhelming college planning and financial aid process, step by step.
For more information click "For High School Seniors' at the top of this page.
Whether you're just looking for a little assistance, want some specific questions answered or want step by step guidance completing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid, I can help. I will assist you in person, over the phone, via email, by skype or facetime and complete the FAFSA for you or assist you as you complete it yourself! You Choose.
I Can Help you:
Whether you are a Traditional or Non-Traditional student, just preparing to start college or already well into your journey, the range of personalized services I offer in addition to the ones listed above, will help you successfully navigate college from start to finish. Just ask, I'm sure I can help!