Gael Casner has been involved in the New York and California school systems for the past twenty-plus years - as a parent leader, a student advocate, and a faculty resource. She has spoken at principal conferences, before parent and student groups, and on the radio. She produces a monthly newsletter for clients throughout the U.S. and abroad as well as for other independent counselors. Gael is also a past recipient of the Newsday Service Award for Arts/Education and sits on the board of HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association), a national organization for independent college consultants. She will become president in June of 2013.
"My involvement in college admissions began with my own sons fifteen years ago. Since then, I have visited and/or researched hundreds of schools. In addition to maintaining a practice that spans the globe, I've evaluated freshmen applications for UC Berkeley through four cycles. I love this work, especially motivating students to do their best through the process."
As a community volunteer, Gael mentors first generation students through 10,000 Degrees (formerly the Marin Education Fund) and sits on the advisory board of the College Admissions and Career Planning program at UC Berkeley. She is frequently asked to be a guest speaker through UC Berkeley Extension and the National Charity League. Past commitments have included a five year stint as a board member of Amigos de las Americas, Marin Chapter, and two years as the School Community Association President of a "Blue Ribbon" school in New York .
Gael is the mother of a UCLA and ASU graduate and lives with her husband in Greenbrae, CA. In her spare time she loves to cook, read and walk the beautiful trails that surround her home.
Journalists in the education field believe that Gael Casner’s opinion matters! As a result, Gael has been a featured "expert" on unigo, a website that connects students, counselors and colleges. She also contributed to The Reform Judaism Magazine's 2010, 2011 and 2012 Fall College Editions and has just shown up in the newly released ACT for Dummies, 5th Edition.
UC Berkeley Extension Program: Certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning
Tufts University: BA in English/Education, magna cum laude
Student-taught in Winchester Middle School and Winchester High School
K-12: Attended schools in FL, CA, VA, HI, MA and Japan
HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association), President-elect
NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counselors)
WACAC (Western Association for College Admissions Counselors)
Lori Byer of Cornerstone College Consulting brings over twenty years of experience from a variety of educational settings to her work as a College Admission Consultant. She has taught and tutored students in grades six through twelve and traveled extensively to colleges and universities across the US in her work as a leadership consultant for a non-profit organization.
Lori and her husband have survived the college admission process twice and have children attending Northwestern University and Duke. In her time outside of the office, she enjoys hiking with friends, supporting the arts, volunteering at Guide Dogs for the Blind and cheering on the San Francisco Giants.
"My work as a college admission consultant has been a most rewarding professional experience. Mentoring students through a process of self-discovery and personal reflection is an honor. I find all facets of the experience equally intriguing and energizing. Whether I am analyzing statistical data, attending professional development conferences, reading student essays or calming parents' fears, this important work is exciting and fun."
Utah State University, Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education
UC Berkeley Extension: Professional Certificate, College Admissions and Career Planning
HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association)
NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counselors)
WACAC (Western Association for College Admissions Counselors)
Lisa Epstein of Write Right Tutoring is a writing specialist with Gael Casner of College Find. Lisa has taught middle school language arts and social studies, and elementary school reading intervention. Lisa also has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Dominican University teaching credential program. Currently a tutor for middle and high school students, Lisa lives in San Rafael with her husband and three children, ages 11, 14, and 17.
"I truly enjoy helping students express themselves and their ideas in a coherent and interesting way. When young people are guided through the writing process in a systematic and thoughtful manner, they learn how to improve their overall work product and to write across various subject areas and genres."
University of TX-Austin, BA and MSW
Hastings College of the Law, JD
Dominican University of California, Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential
"Thanks for all your help during this grueling process. It was so comforting to know we had an expert always ready to answer our questions, in addition to all the guidance you provided.
~ Chris Drost-Hansen (daughter, Emily, at Rice U.)
"Gael was incredibly helpful in every aspect of the college process. She chose schools for me that fit me perfectly, and really helped me narrow down what is most important in a school. Now I'm going to the perfect college, and Gael helped me get here!"
~ Brooke Lengsfelder (BU)
"I felt that the areas I needed help with in my college process were dealt with immediately and completely."
~ Leah Tsang (UC Berkeley)
"From the very beginning, my work with Gael made the whole process much less stressful. She took me through each step thoroughly, but most of all, she helped me realize and define what factors were truly important in my future college. She took the mystery out of a very stressful process and kept me focused throughout."
~ Danielle Schoffman (Stanford)
"As a high school junior, my daughter was reluctant to put much thought or energy into the college application process - because of her grades, she didn't feel she had many options. I was thrilled, then, when after her first meeting with Lori my daughter bubbled over with, "Wow, Mom, for the first time I'm feeling optimistic about college. I'm so relieved!" Navigating the challenging process of researching and applying to colleges was daunting, but Lori threw us a life preserver. In a few months my daughter will head off to a Division I school well-suited to her personality and desired area of study. We are extremely grateful for Lori's insight, knowledge and guidance."
~ Sandee McCready
"We can't thank you enough for all your help with our son. It was so crucial to him getting all the information he needed and being organized and directed during this process. Your work with him was extensive, and we appreciate all of the time you spent with him over the last year. As parents, we appreciated the email updates and your responsiveness to our phone calls. We have never seen our son so happy! Thank you again Lori! You were the perfect person to help him navigate all of this and he loved working with you."
~ Nicole Smith
"With Lisa's help, our daughter has made great academic strides over the past year. Lisa is consistent with her approach, leading her student through each step of a writing project. Lisa has been the most engaged and accessible tutor who has worked with my daughter to date."
~ Jennifer Coan
"Before working with Lisa, I struggled in organizing my essays. Working with her helped me a lot over the past few years."
~ Jordan, high school sophomore
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