Professional Background

Over the past few decades, I have worked with applicants to college as well as to graduate school, business school, law school, and medical school.  I have also helped applicants to summer programs, internships, and career opportunities. I have edited manuscripts for college papers, Masters theses, Ph.D. dissertations and professional screenplays.

As a high school student, I was a journalist, an editor and a poet/songwriter, enjoying the pleasures of expressing myself with pen and paper.  As an English major at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, I continued writing and learning about the beauty of the English language, and I took that love to the classroom as an English teacher for 35 years.  I loved to communicate the power and the joy of newspaper writing to my journalism students and was the adviser of an award-winning high school newspaper for 25 years.

During my teaching career I continued my own education, receiving a Master of Library Science degree from the City University of New York at Queens College and a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University.  I continued to write about my professional experiences and published several articles in the English Journal.

In the 1980s, I developed a college application and essay curriculum for high school seniors.  As I learned more about the college application process, I realized that there was a need not only to counsel students in good writing but to help them view their own backgrounds, strengths, and personal stories as worth telling.

By 2007, upon retiring from teaching, I became the “College Essay Whiz,” providing clients with advice about applying to college and post-graduate programs, writing personal statements and supplements, creating resumes and cover letters, and practicing for interviews.  As computers replaced the old writing implements, I learned a great deal about communicating with my clients through email and Skype.  My clients have ranged from Curacao to California and from high school seniors to senior citizens applying to programs!

I look forward to meeting you – either in person or in cyberspace – and to help you with the next step in your academic or professional life.

See my resume for more information