About Greystone Educational Consulting
At Greystone, every student’s college journey is personal.
Our extensive knowledge of schools and colleges can broaden our client’s potential choices, and provide vital help in weighing factors such as cost, location and curriculum. Your student will have the opportunity to explore a wider variety of options and discuss possibilities in a meaningful way. We are independent consultants and not tied to any specific school or college, as such we are willing to consider all possibilities that might be meaningful to your student.
At Greystone Educational Consulting we think the college admissions process should be an exciting and rewarding time in the lives of high school students. We believe, as educational consultants, it is an important part of our job not only to help our clients get into a great college, but to help them become happy, engaged college students and healthy, successful adults. We understand how to foster this outcome by providing attention to each student’s identity as a scholar, athlete, artist, volunteer and member of the community.
IMPORTANCE OF FIT
When we work with each student and family, we apply our knowledge and energy to their particular set of circumstances in order to guide the student’s personal college journey toward schools that offer the right set of characteristics, always remembering the importance of individual learning style, social manner, academic interests, appropriate level of rigor, extracurricular activities, college size, geographic location, and need for an expansive or more protective school environment.
Our work is tailored to the needs of the student and family and includes guidance in college research techniques, college list development, essay writing, resume building, interviewing skills, financial awareness, and the application process. We help each student coordinate all of the interwoven parts of his/her college search in order to develop an individually well-matched and suitably challenging list of colleges. We then guide students through the application process, teaching each student how to present him or herself in the best possible light, both on paper and in person, in order to optimize individual admissions outcomes.
A large portion of our time is devoted to visiting colleges and continuing professional development. We keep abreast of current trends in college admissions as well as changes happening on individual campuses. Using this knowledge, we introduce students to colleges that match their academic and social goals, often starting conversations about unfamiliar schools that become favorites on the student’s college list.
Who We Are
Co-Founder, Greystone Educational Consulting
Kera is one half of Greystone Educational Consulting along with Maggie Jackson, and their Marblehead, MA based consulting practice is growing rapidly on the Northshore. While most of their clients reside north of Boston, they currently have clients as far away as Montreal and Moscow.
Kera has received her Certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from UC Irvine and she is a member of the Independent Educational Consulting Association (IECA). A former practicing attorney, Kera is a trained mediator who has volunteered in the MA District Courts. She is the Project Coordinator for the Friends of the Performing Arts at Marblehead High School and heads the Marketing Committee for the Board of Directors of The Marblehead Counseling Center. She has successfully guided two of her three children through the college search and admissions process; number three has a couple of years of high school to go.
Kera enjoys getting to know her student clients so well she can individualize each college journey to reflect the strengths, personality and desires of every student. Understanding each student and his or her family and getting to know as many colleges as possible allows Kera to develop individually tailored college lists for each of her students. She is on the road often visiting new colleges around the country.
She applies her legal research, writing, and trial skills to the field of college consulting in order to help students make sense of college websites and to teach them how to gather pertinent information during college visits. This empowers students to make informed decisions about their academic future. “I also make sure students learn to think on their feet through mock interviews so they do well in the real ones with college representatives and learn to present themselves at their best.”
Co-Founder, Greystone Educational Consulting
Maggie is co-founder of Greystone Educational Consulting. Finding the right fit list of colleges for each client and gaining their admission to them is Maggie’s ultimate goal. She does this by visiting many colleges each year, participating as an active member of the Independent Educational Consulting Association (IECA), and by getting to know her clients’ unique educational and extracurricular goals.
Maggie is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences and has earned her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California Irvine. Her past work experience is in public policy administration and university administration. As an assistant to the Provost at Boston University she administered internal and external scholarship programs and helped design new degree initiatives for the University.
For many years, Maggie has served as the Northeast Coordinator for alumni interviewers for her alma mater. She also served on the board of Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools where she was vice president and on the grants committee; and recently helped coordinate their 25th Anniversary campaign. She has been working as an IEC for several years and she gained on the job experience before that as she guided her four sons (two sets of twins) in their college search and application processes. She has worked with students from public and private high schools as well as international students looking to study in the United States.
Maggie’s work at the university level has made her particularly mindful of each family’s own personal and economic circumstances. “I believe each college search is an opportunity for self reflection and growth. I embrace this journey with each client family to prepare them for the next exciting chapter in their lives.”
My son has worked with Kera most of his junior and senior year, getting help with everything from essay writing, to picking the best schools for him. So far he’s been accepted to seven schools with great scholarships to all seven… and we’re not done yet! Thanks!!Robin T.
If you would like to work with Greystone Educational Consulting, please download and fill out the INTAKE FORM. Save and email the PDF Form back to us at info@Greystone4College.com. We will contact you and get the process started.
At Greystone Educational Consulting, our goal is to help our clients get into a great college, as well as become happy, engaged college students and healthy, successful adults.
Kera and Maggie are both Associate Members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.
Contact Greystone Educational Consulting.
Call us at 781.789.8458 or email us with questions to request more information or to set up an appointment.