Parent / Student Resources

Here are some education professionals and educational services that can:

  • save you time,
  • help with school issues,
  • assist with the admissions processes, and college and private school selections,
  • offer parenting skills
  • provide summer camp experiences.

The Resources are listed alphabetically so you can find them more easily.

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Academic Assistance:

Connecticut Experiential Learning Center - A dynamic middle school program
- SAT prep with fun videos - Flashcards for every subject

Sheppard Software - Hundreds of educational games
Super Teacher Worksheets - Scores of practice worksheets for middle school students

Camps/Summer Activities:

Fun Activities for Kids in Westchester & Fairfield County
Camp Connections

College Entrance Exam Information:

ACT - College Entrance Exam
PSAT & SAT - College Board Entrance Exam 


Communications Expert, Media Trainer and Educator - Westport, CT

Educational Associations: 

IECA - Independent Educational Consultants Association
IECAF - Independent Educational Consultants Association Foundation
HECA - Higher Education Consultants Association

Educational Consultants:

Educational Consultant - Fairfield & Trumbull, CT
Educational Consultant - Fairfield & Westport, CT
College Consultant - Fairfield, CT
Educational Consultant - Ridgefield, CT
Educational Consultant - Rowayton, CT
Educational Consultant - Westport & Durham, CT
Educational Consultant - East Lyme, CT

Independent Day & Boarding Schools:

National Association of Independent Schools
The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Junior Boarding Schools Association
The National Coalition of Girls' Schools
International Boys' Schools Coalition

Private School Test Information:

ISEE Test Information
Secondary Schools Admission Test

School Information:

Elementary Schools (Public & Private) in the US. 

Special Needs:

National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs
CACLD - The Connecticut Association for Children & Adults with Learning Disabilities

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Mary Spiegel

Spiegel Educational Consulting, LLC
Mary Spiegel
Trumbull, CT
(203) 261-3299

Mary Spiegel is an Independent Educational Consultant, advising students and families on the college search and admission process. The former director of admission at Fairfield University from 1996-2000, Mary offers her students the benefit of her direct, recent experience in admission decision-making at this selective university. Mary's consulting services draw upon more than twelve years in higher education. This broad-based university experience provides her students with an invaluable perspective-not only in the all-important topic of what colleges are looking for in a successful applicant- but with the longer term factors that lead to a successful transition to college. Her approach focuses on helping families determine the most appropriate match for the student. Among her professional affiliations in higher education, Mary has served as the University's delegate to The College Board; she was a member of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges and the National Association of Jesuit Admission Directors; and was a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, a membership she maintains today. Her ties with the college and university world continue to grow, as she travels to visit college campuses throughout the region and the country. Mary is currently a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, a national organization that certifies professional skills and training of its members.

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Bertram Educational Consultants
Camille Bertram,

Audrey Ludemann,
Holly Treat
Fairfield and Westport, Connecticut
(203) 255-2577 or (203) 216-6863

With offices in Fairfield and Westport, the consulting team at Camille M. Bertram Educational Consultants works with the full spectrum of students facing junior and secondary boarding school, college and graduate school choices - including average, gifted and talented students, underachievers and students with special needs. Their services range from student and family advisory services and personalized school recommendations to testing and evaluation, special needs and therapeutic placement and preparation for campus visits and interviews.

"Our educational system is more complex, competitive and costly than ever," observes Cammie Bertram, founder and president, as she discusses educational challenges faced by students and their parents today. "Students have far more experience and awareness than we did at their age, with much different needs. And the social and economic environment is far less predictable."

"As parents sort through the myriad of websites, brochures and videos from various schools, it's hard to accurately assess differences that can positively or negatively influence their son or daughter," adds Cammie. "Our role is to help students and their families navigate through this new educational world, as their unbiased advocate, and, together, identify the most appropriate academic, extracurricular and social match."


Davis Education & Career Consultants LLC
Deborah B. Davis, MBA

203-438-0624 (O)
203-431-9687 (F)
Professional Assoc.:

For over 30 years, Deborah Davis has served students, families, schools, communities, and corporations in various professional capacities. Ms. Davis' formal education and business experience has led to numerous leadership positions in both profit and non-profit organizations. A life long proponent of learning, Ms. Davis formed the DEC NETWORK® as a response to what she saw as the best approach to preparing students young and old for future education, enrichment and career directions.

Ms. Davis brings objective insight and compassion to every relationship while promoting the right fit as the company mission. The foundation of her consulting style: teamwork, organization, communication and enthusiasm. Ms. Davis strongly endorses the benefit of a team approach for students seeking guidance. She incorporates this philosophy within all dimensions of her advisement. Parents, counselors, teachers, peers, coaches, mentors and more may play a role in the client's journey, some more than others.

To help navigate this journey, Ms. Davis has copyrighted several carefully designed workshops and related planning materials for clients drawing upon her consulting services, professional background and masters level training. The program content also reflects personal insight from her role as a parent of college graduates now working in New York City. More than four hundred families have benefited from the organizational resources provided by the DEC NETWORK workshops.

Ms. Davis is keenly aware of the complexities and dynamics of the educational environment facing clients today. To stay on top of the ever changing process, she emphasizes the importance of accurate data access and communication excellence. DEC NETWORK clients benefit from the use of state of the art management information systems including an online office and wireless conference center.  Ms. Davis keeps current on counseling issues through college visits,  continuing education and professional associations. Materials are updated on an ongoing basis. A positive, enthusiastic attitude underscores all communication activity.

Ms. Davis holds a Bachelors Degree from St. Lawrence University and a Masters in Business Administration/ Concentration in Organizational Behavior from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. She has served on several boards  including President of the National Charity League, Inc and Co-President of the Ridgefield High School PTSA. She currently serves on the IECA Education & Training Committee of her professional association and has presented at IECA national conferences. Ms. Davis has lived in Ridgefield for twenty years with her husband, Grant. They have two daughters, Lauren and Caroline.

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Holly McGlennon Treat
Junior and Secondary School Educational Consultant
Durham and Westport, CT
(860) 788-6114


With so many options to choose from, embarking on a school search can be an overwhelming experience. Holly comes to consulting with over twelve years of experience in the field of private school admission. She has placed over 200 students in her role as a consultant and as the director of secondary school placement at a junior boarding school in Connecticut. Her intimate knowledge with the admission process as a former admission director as well as her personal relationships with admission directors throughout New England and beyond make her particularly helpful in advising and advocating for students and their families. Her broad knowledge of schools and longstanding relationships with admission directors can assist families in the school search and application process - and joining each student with the educational environment that best develops his or her academic, social and emotional potential.

The Winnick Group


The Winnick Group
Eileen Winnick
Communications Expert and Educator
Westport, CT

Eileen's educational experience and consulting background combined with her professional acting career bring broad support and depth to her clients. She is the communications consultant of choice (Time Inc., Conde Nast, Merrill Lynch, Interpublic, Paramount, Viacom, Novartis, Shire, Proctor + Gamble, HSN and Random House) designing and leading Presentation/Speaker Trainings, and Media Training for companies and individuals throughout the country.
     * As a member of SAG, AFTRA and Equity, she performed in several national commercials, in soap operas and on the stage. She teaches Film + Television Acting in NYC and in Connecticut. As a media trainer, her clients have appeared on OPRAH, The Today Show, Meet the Press, Larry King, The View, The Daily Show, Good Morning America , Charlie Rose, C- Span, MSNBC and CNN, What Not To Wear and While You Were Out.
     * A certified secondary school English/Speech teacher, she spent 9 years in the classroom and offers a variety of skills to students in grades 7-12.
     * As a performance coach, Eileen prepares students for college interviews, preps and tapes introductory DVD's/resumes for colleges.
     * She coaches high school students auditioning for performing arts colleges. She provides students with invaluable audition tips-suggesting and directing monologues- and creates a success strategy that builds students' confidence and serves their talents.
     * As a speech consultant, she provides the foundation for students' speeches that creates powerful speeches/presentations and teaches them delivery skills for assured success. She coaches students for highly personal and /or public speaking occasions.
     * Eileen has an interdepartmental Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and English from Boston College. She was an adjunct professor of communications and performance arts.

Ed Consulting

Susan Edwards, M.A., C.E.P.
Educational Consultant
10 Pennoyer Street
Rowayton , CT 06853
(203) 866-2692
(203) 838-5999 (Fax)


Member of IEAC
* School, College, Special Placements
* Academic Advising
* Career Counseling
* Advocate for Students with Learning Disabilities and Therapeutic Needs

Susan Edwards, M.A. has been helping clients with school, college, and summer placements for over 15 years. A former English teacher and admission's director, she provides comprehensive college counseling, academic advising, and career counseling. Many of her clients have special needs, learning disabilities or emotional / behavioral issues. Ms. Edwards works collaboratively with other professionals to identify appropriate therapeutic placements. She serves as a student advocate at private and public schools and attends PPT, IEP, and CSE meetings when appropriate. A Certified Educational Consultant and member of the Independent Educational Consultants' Association, Ms. Edwards attends national and regional conferences regularly. She frequently visits campuses, maintaining relationships with admissions, school/college/ program directors, and teachers.

Mary Lou Kelly

College Consulting LLC
Mary Lou Kelly, Consultant
23 Sherman Street
Fairfield, Ct. 06824
203 255-3651   
203 505-5168 (c)


     * 25 years experience in College Placement
     * Your College Education, that decisive step to a successful future, necessitates "the right fit" for you. I can help you get there without stress.
     * At College Consulting LLC, you will work with an experienced professional who knows the College Admission Process, and has worked with hundreds of students like you with excellent results.
     * You will benefit from expert help, customized to your needs.
     * You will gain knowledge of Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships.
     * You will broaden your special talents(creative,artistic,athletic) and be empowered to use them to your advantage.
     * Whether you are a Freshman in high school or a Senior, it is not too early to begin or too late to receive the help you deserve.

Pathfinder Counseling

Francine Schwartz, M.A., LPC, NCC
Founder and President
Pathfinder Counseling LLC - College Bound Direction



Pathfinder Counseling provides expert individualized guidance to help students and families navigate the college bound path with sound choices leading to future success. Finding the right college match is more than being accepted by a school. Most importantly it is finding a fit that provides the best environment where a student can thrive and experience educational and personal growth. Pathfinder Counseling will optimize your family investment of time and financial resources while making all phases of the college search and application process as stress free as possible. You can rely on Pathfinder Counseling to get to the heart of your student's aspirations and empower them to be ready for the next step in life.







Connecticut Experiential Learning Center

203-433-4658 / 203-215-2317


A dynamic middle school program, CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) of Branford provides small classes that combine exceptional academics with hands-on and real-world learning experiences to fit the academic, social, and emotional needs of the 5th - 8th grade student.

Camp Connection

The Camp Connection
(800) 834-CAMP (2267)


Since 1984, we have been a reputable source of reliable information on: 
      * Summer Sleepaway Camps
      * Specialty Sports Programs
      * Summer Teen Tours
      * Community Service Programs
      * Pre-College Summer Programs
      * Academic Programs
      * Travel Abroad
      * Domestic & Int'l Summer Travel Program
 Our FREE service will provide information and guidance on appropriate types of summer sleepaway camp programs and travel programs for children and teens. We can accommodate partial and full season needs. Chat with a camp consultant and learn about some of the 500 programs available for your students' summer. We can advise you on camps for boys, camps for girls, co-ed camps and camps for teens. Information, videos and DVDs will be mailed promptly to you. Whatever your needs, our camp experts have the perfect summer solutions for your child or teen. 

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