Education has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I had a successful career as an elementary teacher in Capistrano Unified School District. I found constant gratification in learning new things and honing my craft as a teacher. This prompted me to pursue my Master of Arts in Education at Chapman University, while simultaneously teaching my fourth graders. I loved teaching children. My role as a public educator was becoming more demanding and I found it challenging to maintain a strong relationship with all of my students. After 16 years, I made an agonizing decision to leave the profession to which I was so committed. The next couple years were spent staying home with my two daughters, who now have college on the horizon. I took this time, away from the classroom, to reflect upon what my next chapter was going to look like. I knew it had to involve two things: young people and education.
One day, I was enjoying a cup of coffee with a fellow educator and friend, and she began describing in great detail, the work of a college consultant. My inner voice was loudly speaking to me that this was it! I went home and spent hours on the internet researching every aspect of this industry. Everything in my gut told me that this was the perfect career fit that I had been longing for. Even though this profession does not require any formal training, I sought out resources that would properly prepare and train me to be a knowledgeable and current college consultant. While being a student in an Independent Educational Consultant Program, I concurrently worked with my first group of high school students. I found my work with them not only invaluable, but gratifying in finding a perfect fit college, that will enable them to fulfill their educational goals. I completed the program and received my certificate from University of California, Irvine. Touring numerous college campuses and participating in ongoing professional development has been essential to the consultation of my clients. In addition, I am an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). This is an organization that has the highest ethical standards for their members to practice college counseling with experience, campus knowledge, professional integrity and dedication to our students’ needs.