My background consists of a successful career in the corporate arena for over 30 years in varying managerial and director positions. I’ve demonstrated success in project coordination and organization development and am a creative problem solver with the ability to generate new ideas and initiate change.
I have three children who, over a ten-year period, have been through the many stages of the college admissions process. I managed each of their college journeys successfully using all resources available to me. I am happy to say that they all graduated within four years, are gainfully employed, and living on their own. Over time, I had other parents and students come to me for guidance with their college admissions journey, successfully helping each of them with their college selection and admissions direction.
Through my interactions with students and their families, I realized how passionate I was to help them navigate this journey. Understanding their college choice will be one of the most important and significant decisions they will ever make, I wanted to pursue this career as an Independent Educational Consultant, where I could help others on an individualized path to success. I earned my certificate in College Admissions Counseling, have visited over 300 colleges, and counting, and began my journey of helping families through this daunting process.
Certifications and Associations
Graduate from Boston University, Business Administration
UCLA College Admissions Counseling Certificate
Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) – Professional Member
IECA Summer Institute for College Admissions Counseling
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Meet the Signature College Counseling Team
Flori graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Drama, taking graduate courses at NYU and The School of The Visual Arts and earning her Master of Teaching at Manhattanville College. She taught high school English and drama for twenty-nine years at Ardsley High School.
In addition to teaching twelfth grade English and a variety of senior electives, including AP Literature, Flori is also experienced with the college essay process throughout her teaching tenure and beyond. Her enthusiasm for writing includes memoir writing, playwriting, as well as teaching the research paper. In addition, she assisted in developing the curriculum for a critical writing and research course. Prior to teaching, she worked in advertising and theatre.
Flori loves working with students, guiding them through the college essay process bringing out their true selves through their work.
John is a graduate of LeMoyne College with a Bachelors in Accounting. He is happily married and the father of two daughters who are both gainfully employed after earning their Masters degrees. He is retired from IBM, after 35 years of service, holding numerous jobs in Accounting, Finance, and Business Operations. In addition to working with students on their applications through Signature College Counseling, in his spare time, he likes to read, travel and volunteer at Meals on Wheels.
Dana is an experienced business professional, classroom instructor and coach. Currently, Dana serves as Assistant Professor of Communication with SUNY Orange in Middletown, NY where she has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 2004. She launched a consulting practice in 2010 and provides coaching support in the areas of interview preparation, presentation skills and business communication for multi-lingual professionals.
Dana recently returned from living in Munich, Germany where she facilitated a lecture series and coaching for the Amerikahaus and Bavarian International School. During her time abroad, Dana achieved TESOL and Google for Education (GAFE) certifications which are foundational elements of her business coaching practice for non-native English-speaking executives.
Michelle has been helping students with their college application essays for more than a decade. She holds a Masters degree in Teaching from The New School and a B.A. in History and Journalism from the Pennsylvania State University. In addition to helping students write their college application essays, Michelle tutors students for high-stakes exams such as the SAT and ACT, and works with students as an academic writing coach.
MJ began her career as feature writer at Newsday (1992-2002), and after a move to Orange County, continued writing feature stories for, among other publications, the Times Herald Record and Orange Magazine (2002 – 2015). After a stint as editor of Hudson Valley Parent magazine, and self-publishing a novel and self-help book, MJ founded the home-based writing business, MJWRITES, INC. to help others start or finish their first book.
Since 2013, MJ has been coaching high school students on their college admission essays and is of the belief that “everyone is a writer.” She particularly enjoys working with students to look back over their lives to find that one experience that lights up their face, which in turn answers their essay prompt. When that happens, she says, “we’ve struck gold.” You can learn more about MJ at www.needhelpwithbook.com.
Jodi Glaser Taub
Jodi Glaser Taub is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied communications and theatre arts. A former contributor to PBS Sprout for Parents, Jodi has written professionally on such parenting topics as fostering positive reading habits, handling separation anxiety, celebrating holidays with children, and navigating the sometimes daunting New York City school admissions process.
She was formerly the Assistant Director of Publicity at Simon and Schuster Books and on the publicity staff for Hyperion Books and Golden Books Family Entertainment. As a writer, she has written professionally for ABC-TV, ESPN, and for such acclaimed personalities as Joe Torre, Joy Behar, Donny Osmond, John Walsh, Jane Seymour, and Nancy Cartwright (the voice behind the infamous Bart Simpson).
For over fifteen years, Jodi has worked as a private college essay consultant. Many of her former and current students are from high schools in the New York City area, including Saint Ann’s, Poly Prep, Brearley, Hunter, Riverdale, Columbia Prep, Brooklyn Friends, BASIS, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Beacon,and Laguardia. She resides in Brooklyn Heights with her husband and seventeen year-old son.