Jodi has built her practice on the principal factor of truly understanding the student’s individual and family educational goals. She believes that ultimately, a successful college admissions experience is a team effort. She teaches the student to own the process and advises each step of the way.
Jodi attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her Bachelors of Business Administration with a specialty in Marketing. After graduation, Jodi moved to Washington DC where she worked for Senator Bob Kerrey and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Her experience on Capitol Hill led to marketing positions for clients such as I Am Your Child Campaign, National Safe Kids Campaign, VarsityBooks.com, and Maden Technologies.
With a passion for education and helping students find a career path, Jodi decided to put marketing on hold and enroll at the University of California Irvine in its educational consulting program. Combined with countless hours visiting and meeting with college admissions’ teams, Jodi has quickly grown to deeply understand how to be successful in the admissions process.
Jodi is an active associate member of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA) and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The combination of higher education knowledge and experience in marketing, provides unmatched value to students who are looking to stand out among the thousands of college applicants nationwide.
the entire college admissions process. Shirley opened her private practice in 1981 and since then she has helped thousands of families in the Greater Washington, DC area as well as throughout the USA and other countries. As a Certified Educational Planner, Shirley understands the multitude of available options after high school leading to educational and career success.
Shirley is the author of several books published by The College Board. She has been featured on Good Morning America and ABC Evening News, and has been quoted in major national newspapers and magazines.
Despite her many years in practice, she remains passionately interested in each of her students, and finds the challenges of maintaining her knowledge base as compelling and exciting as ever.