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Heather Johnson is an educational consultant specializing in boarding school and college guidance. After identifying the specific needs of an individual student, Heather will work closely with the student and the family to guide them through the process. It is her goal to help students develop confidence in an often intimidating and uncertain process, so that they will present themselves in the best possible way.
Heather grew up in boarding schools as the daughter of faculty parents. She was educated at an independent school and went from there to Carleton College, where she received a B.A. in Religion. She then earned a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Having spent fourteen years in boarding school admission and several years in college counseling and financial aid, Heather is well qualified to assist families in both the boarding school and college admission processes.
Heather is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the New England Association for College Admission Counseling, and the National Association of College Admission Counseling. She also has a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension.
"Hiring Heather was very beneficial. She was referred to us by a friend who also had a great experience. With the college process being so overwhelming at times, she was able to alleviate the stress. She was easily accessible by phone, email or Skype and always answered any questions in a timely manner. She put together a college list and a timeline of everything that needed to be done and guided us every step of the way. She was also extremely helpful in offering our daughter tips on writing a good essay. With her cheerful personality and patience, our daughter loved working with her. Heather was by our side until the very last application was sent. In the end, our daughter was so happy to have been accepted to all ten colleges she applied to!"
-- Parent of a senior, class of 2012 (hired Heather when daughter was a sophomore)
"We started working with Heather in the summer before our daughter Jane's senior year at a point in time when we felt that we were behind schedule in terms of visiting colleges and, more importantly, really didn't have a clear idea of the style of college that would be a good match.
"Heather met with the three of us in an initial meeting where she encouraged Jane to talk about herself, her likes and dislikes, and colleges that had attracted her attention so far. Based on that meeting, Heather prepared a preliminary list to research and to consider visiting that included a range of reach, target and safety options. We found this very helpful because it provided us with focus and was the starting point for ongoing discussions which led to further suggestions as Jane started to better define the style and location of the college she felt most comfortable with.
"Heather was very accessible to answer any questions or concerns that we had during the process and her knowledge and experience proved invaluable to us as we negotiated the college application process for the first time.
"More importantly, she was accessible to Jane on a 24/7 basis, and they communicated every few days by telephone, email and even texting. This was very reassuring for Jane and it provided her with timely and useful guidance and advice and, on several occasions, a sounding board as she narrowed down her choices. Heather did not take over the process but she made sure that we had the information that we needed and that we were always aware of the various deadlines and, appropriately, Jane remained in charge of her own college application process.
"The process was successful in that Jane was accepted at several colleges and the college that she finally chose was one that we all feel excited about. Heather was always very helpful and supportive and we would not hesitate to recommend her to other families embarking on the college application journey."
-- Parents of a senior, class of 2009
Hiring Heather Johnson in January of our son's junior year of high school was one of the best things we have ever done. The college search process is an overwhelming one and can be very stressful. Once we decided to hire an outside consultant to help us it was important to find someone who connected and listened to Ryan, but at the same time listened to what we as parents wanted. Heather was able to do that and in the process made our college search less stressful. She zeroed in on the schools that would be a great academic and social fit for Ryan. She was a constant source of knowledge and encouragement as we navigated the entire college process. It was extremely beneficial to us to have her knowledgeable input into the many different facets of doing the applications and essays especially in a time when the college admissions is so highly selective. We feel as though Ryan was presented in the best possible way to all the schools that he applied to and we attribute that to Heather's insights into the whole process. I can't imagine having done this without her and I truly feel that she has been in our corner every step of that way cheering Ryan on. The real proof is in the fact that Ryan is seeing acceptances from some of his top choices. If you're looking for someone who will work hard for you and your student then Heather Johnson is that person.
-- Parents of a student, February, 2009
Today choosing a college and then applying is a difficult process. Heather Johnson makes the job a lot easier by guiding you with her knowledge of colleges and what is expected in the process. Heather did an outstanding job with us by getting to know our son and then advising him on his selection process. She was always available to answer questions. I would highly recommend her services.
-- Parents of a student, March, 2009