Jodi puts her drama degree from UC Irvine to good use, as she is overly dramatic when explaining why it is important to find a right match college. After stints as an English teacher, media buyer, advertising sales rep, Kinderdance franchise owner, magazine editor and corporate marketing communications manager, Jodi finally found her true calling and got her college counseling certificate from UCLA. Since 2005, she has helped over 600 students navigate the college admissions process and unabashedly admits that she is an application essay geek, since she loves a good story. During reading season, Jodi has worked as an application reader for a highly selective east coast college.
Jodi belongs to acronym professional associations for college counselors like PNACAC (Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling), HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association) and PACCC (Portland Area College Counselors Consortium). She visits at least 25 colleges per year, collecting pennants everywhere, but only buying additional swag if the school color is purple.
In the rare moments when she is not working with College Admission Coach students or volunteering with Minds Matter Portland, Jodi can be found hiking through the Columbia Gorge, writing musical theatre revues, dancing at the Multnomah Arts Center or searching for exotic recipes for her gourmet dinner club to sample.
Emily grew up on a dairy farm in New York State, where she learned a practical approach to getting the job done and just how much a dollar can buy. Her strong sense of the value of education was passed down from her great-grandmother, who taught Art and French at Stephens College in the late 1800's, and from her grandmother who graduated from the Women's College at Brown University, Class of 1905. Working with each student to find the right list of colleges at the right price comes naturally, and getting those pesky applications completed with time to spare is what she does best.
A big believer in the Land Grant Universities, Emily earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and a College Counseling Certificate, UCLA. As an independent college counselor, the coordinator of the College and Career Center at Cleveland High School, and an ASPIRE mentor, she guides students through the college search, application, and visit processes. Emily especially loves working with students interested in music, film or foreign languages.
Twelve years of experience counseling students in public high schools gives Debra a solid grasp of how teenagers think and work. She understands how busy students and their parents are and how confusing this college-related stuff can be. Debra has supported all types of students and families, helping them navigate the competing demands of adolescence while tackling the complex college search and application process. Her goal is to help students gain confidence, reduce stress, and have some fun along the way!
Rachel Coleman College Admission Coach and Writing Tutor
Rachel is a perpetual reader who loves to empower students to effectively communicate their ideas in writing. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Comparative Literature in 2014, Rachel earned her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. It was not so long ago that she was completing her own college applications and is intimately familiar with the questions and challenges that accompany this process. Her time at Stanford even included a year studying abroad at Oxford University where she indulged her anglophile yearnings and spent most of her time in the Bodleian Library.
Rachel also tutored for three years at Stanford’s Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, culminating in leading the Hume as the Peer Tutor Coordinator her senior year. From research proposals, to resumes and cover letters, to essays in all disciplines, Rachel is fluent in the coaching process and knows what it takes to help students tell their stories. Rachel works with students from around the world entirely via Skype to coach them through the whole application process, from creating a fantastic college list to earning scholarships.