This program offers tailored, one-on-one college admissions advising to families of Porter’s graduates. PCA’s services are designed to meet the needs of female and male students in different stages of the college search and application process.
To inquire about the Porter’s College Advising program, email us at porterscollegeadvising@
Ninth and tenth grade students have the advantage of beginning the process early, allowing them to set long-term goals and take full advantage of their high school years to discover their talents and interests. Your PCA counselor will provide holistic and comprehensive planning for the entirety of high school with the goal of helping your student take full advantage of their academic and extracurricular opportunities. Throughout the process the counselor will help the family to evaluate your student’s strengths and identify their best fit for higher education.
Your PCA counselor will provide recommendations for course selection and extracurricular and summer activities, and will create a testing plan in preparation for the college application process. In grades 11 and 12, the counselor will guide your student through all aspects of the college application process. Many college counseling services focus solely on “getting in” to college. At Porter’s we seek to help students identify their strengths in concert with their interests to empower them to make the best use of college and beyond.
Eleventh grade students begin their search in earnest. Your PCA counselor will meet students where they are to inventory their goals and accomplishments to identify the best fit for college. Families will receive step-by-step counseling to ensure that students are ready to put their best foot forward in their college applications, with an emphasis on helping your student clarify his or her interests to find the best college program for their needs. The counselor will help students identify a concrete list of colleges and universities to consider, map out a standardized testing strategy, and assist in planning for college visits. Students will be counseled on how to secure strong teacher recommendations from their home school as well as how to make the best use of the summer months in preparation for a successful senior year.
Twelfth grade students find they need support pulling applications together. Your PCA counselor will assist students in finalizing their college lists and establishing a plan for early and regular decision applications. The counselor will coach students on how to establish relationships with admission officers and prepare them for interviews. With an understanding of your student’s strengths, your PCA counselor will guide your student through the Common Application and writing compelling admissions essays and supplements. Working hand in hand with your PCA counselor will ensure that the application submission will be a seamless process. The counselor will be there to help when decisions are in and your student is ready to select from among their acceptances!
Dean of College Counseling
I came to Miss Porter's in 2009 as Dean of College Counseling, having previously worked in admissions and college counseling in both higher education and secondary schools. I was drawn here by the opportunity to return to an all-girls' setting, having graduated from The Ethel Walker School myself. Counseling young women as they begin to imagine the next steps in their educational and life journey is a joy and a privilege. I also serve as the Past-Chair of the Board of the National Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS) and regularly travel to colleges and universities around the country and across the world to build relationships on behalf of Porter's.
In my spare time, I volunteer for two foundations that raise service dogs for careers guiding the blind and supporting children with developmental disabilities.
Associate Director of College Counseling
It has been a joy to be part of the Porter’s community since 2011, serving as a college counselor, with some time in the admissions office as well. I’ve had the privilege of helping girls come to Porter’s and then prepare them as they move on to new adventures upon graduation. My own academic path included a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public health. Professionally, I drew on that passion for political science at The Washington Post and went on to positions in health care policy and academic administration at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. My favorite work has centered on helping talented students investigate and plan for their own next steps. And most of all I enjoy when Ancients keep in touch to share their successes with us. At home, I live in Simsbury with my husband and two daughters.