I provide youth individualized career advising to enable them to make informed choices about their future with clarity, confidence, and purpose.
I am an educator--in the broadest sense of the word. As a practitioner—teacher, trainer and coach—I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in formal school settings and inside organizations, in the U.S. and seven other countries (Bosnia, Cambodia, Croatia, Ethiopia, France, Jamaica, Nepal). As an administrator in higher education, I developed and led collaborative teams to create an inclusive learning environment for a diverse, multicultural student population. As an educational leader, I was a School Board Chair, leading the governance process for a local school district in central Vermont.
In addition to youth, I have a passion for wildlife, having raised and cared for orphaned and injured animals while living overseas; my favorites being cheetah cubs and a one-winged Eagle Owl. When not working, I am frequently walking, jogging, or hiking in the woods in Vermont, playing tennis, and whenever possible, traveling. I hold a BA from Smith College and a MA from Columbia University.
In the summer of 2019, there were two girls---rising high school juniors at the same high school. Both had unlimited promise. However, heading into their junior years, the two girls were facing completely different realities. One was thinking about her future—her goals and post-secondary school plans--with the help of a private college counselor. The other was struggling with many challenges her life’s circumstances placed in front of her. She was not thinking about her future. She was working part-time at a local donut shop to help her family get by.
As the two girls moved from childhood into adolescence, the differences in their opportunities were becoming more striking. Two girls, living side by side in the same community, attending the same school, but facing starkly different life trajectories.
That summer, I made the decision to commit my career to enabling all students to become future ready. I decided to teach career education in public schools in Vermont in order to reach students who would otherwise be unserved or underserved.
Today, I have a small business that helps students and their families figure out the postsecondary school landscape and to make an informed plan for their students. We work together to ensure the student is ready for life after high school. I offer these services to all regardless of ability to pay. Cost will never be a barrier to accessing my services. I am stopping the disparities in adolescent development by equalizing opportunity for adolescents as they embark on their post-secondary school journey into adulthood.
Postscript: These girls are real. The first is my daughter. The second, her classmate, is someone my family has known for 12 years. My daughter headed off to college last fall. Her classmate did not finish high school.