From 1987 to 1993 I worked for KAPLAN, the nationwide experts in preparing students for standardized tests (including the MCAT for medical school, the LSAT for law school, and the GMAT for business school). KAPLAN kept me busy teaching large-scale seminars and classes that prepared thousands of students to succeed on the LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and MCAT exams, plus I also taught KAPLAN’s Speed Reading (efficient learning) course.
During this time, my KAPLAN students started asking me to critique the essays they’d written for their law, medical, business, and grad school applications. Many professors asked to do this will mainly correct grammar and sentence structure–but I took my analysis about ten levels deeper than that. I analyzed and strengthened these essays using the same principles of argument that I was teaching future lawyers in my KAPLAN LSAT classes.
The results were astounding. My KAPLAN students started getting into law, medical, business, and grad school in record numbers—sometimes after having applied multiple times on their own with no luck. A line of students wanting my application essay help formed outside my KAPLAN office door, so much so that in 1993 I left KAPLAN to do grad school application consulting full-time from my own office on University Avenue in St. Paul. I’ve kept a full schedule of grad school application consulting clients ever since, and at this point I’ve helped thousands of students get accepted to highly competitive law, medical, business, and graduate schools.
So—How Did I Start Helping Parents?
My desire to help parents came when I realized, “If I can just get to parents when their kids are 12 years old—I can make it a whole lot easier for those kids to get to great debt-free college and career goals 10 years later!”
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For parents of
7th and 8th Graders
For parents of
9th and 10th Graders
For parents of
11th and 12th Graders
Who Benefits From The Help I Give?
I am known as a resource for:
- Parents of kids ages 12–26
- Financial planners and accountants
- High school and middle school guidance counselors
- College admissions consultants
- College admissions staff
- Youth pastors
- High school and middle school principals
- College advisors
- College professors
- College and career counselors
who care deeply about helping families, but aren’t given a sufficient number of hours to walk individual parents through every step of this process.
Outside of Work
I’ve been married to my husband, Tim, since 1989, and we have a son and a daughter.
In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, and taking hot saunas and jumping into Lake Vermilion, where my family has had a lake cabin since the 1970’s.
I love to speak in faith-based settings. My family and I attend Woodland Hills Church in St Paul, Minnesota, and in my spare time I’m writing a second book entitled Following Jesus For Just Twelve Weeks—A Journey of Surprise at Who He Really Is, and Who He Calls Us to Be as We Follow Him.
My Literary Agent
My literary agent is Esther Fedorkevich of the Fedd Agency in Austin, Texas. The Fedd Agency is “an independent, full-service, boutique literary and entertainment agency serving talented authors who create beautifully-crafted works with meaning and purpose.”
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