Barbara Connolly

Barbara Connolly received a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law. She has been counseling students and their families in the admissions process for more than 15 years. She was an admissions reader at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP), a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and a member of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC). She is also an attorney. Her skills as a lawyer are fully utilized as she helps students advocate for themselves in the competitive college admissions process. In addition, Barbara and her husband are the parents of four children. All of Barbara's children were admitted to Ivy League and other selective colleges. Her experience as a parent has been a tremendous benefit to the families who have worked with College Choice Counseling..​

Her students have been admitted to many fine colleges and universities, including:

  • Amherst College
  • American University
  • Barnard College
  • Baylor University
  • Berkeley
  • Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • University of Southern California (UCLA)
  • University of Chicago
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University
  • Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Cornell Law School
  • Dartmouth University
  • Duke University
  • Emerson College
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgetown Law School
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard College
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • McGill University
  • Miami University, Ohio
  • Michigan State University (MSU)
  • Middlebury College
  • New School, New York
  • New York University (NYU)
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business
  • Northwestern University
  • Pace University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • UPenn, Wharton
  • Princeton University
  • University of Southern California
  • Rice University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • The College of Wooster
  • Tufts University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Vassar College
  • Washington University St. Louis
  • Washington University St. Louis Law School
  • Williams College
  • Yale University


Natasha graduated with a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan Honors College with a double major in Creative Writing and French. She is a past recipient of the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing. She has tutored ACT/SAT, English, French and math for five years.

In addition, Sasha counsels students on applications to musical and theater programs. Sasha attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, on scholarship. She was asked to be a member of the third year repertory company and was signed by the top agent Don Buchwald Associates at the showcase. She also placed into the final round of auditions (the third round), in her Juiliard application, having been selected from among the top 20 girls who applied nationally. Sasha has performed in theater productions in New York, on the West End, and at the Geffen in Los Angeles.


Sam, an emeritus tutor for College Choice Counseling, graduated cum laude with an A.B. from Harvard. He also graduated summa cum laude and ranked 1st in his class with a Juris Doctorate from Washington University St. Louis Law School. He has been a participant in the Harvard Alumni Interview program since 2012. Before he retired to practice law, Sam tutored ACT/SAT for over ten years for College Choice Counseling.



Teagan graduated magna cum laude with a joint A.B. in Social Studies and African Studies from Harvard. While at Harvard, his senior thesis received the Hoopes Prize, a selective award recognizing outstanding academic performance. After graduating, he worked as an Associate Consultant for Bain & Company. He has worked with numerous students to find their ideal writing voice for college applications, critical essays, and research papers. He also helps students prepare for standardized exams, improve their study habits, and master high school subjects.



Jeremy is a tutor and teacher as well as an actor and musician who recently transplanted from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Born in Rhode Island and a Harvard University graduate, he has been tutoring for 15 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He has also taught Chemistry, Precalculus, and Algebra II Honors at Marlborough High School in Los Angeles. He has recorded two full-length albums and has toured extensively as a singer-songwriter as well as guitar and bass player for various acts. His film-score work has garnered great praise, including the Monte Carlo International Award for Best Film Score.



Lisa is a college counselor with 28 years of experience. She has an MA degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication and an MA degree in Counseling. She is a licensed teacher in English, Speech, Journalism, Theater, Radio/Television/Film and has appeared in national television and radio commercials. Lisa has worked as a faculty member for Bowling Green State University, Central Michigan University, and Oakland University and worked as an essay grader for ACT and SAT. Lisa currently works as a guidance and college counselor at the top ranked high school in Michigan. Lisa provides full college counseling and ACT tutoring for College Choice Counseling clients.



Abigail is a former MIT student and graduate of UAlbany with a BS in Mathematics and Statistics and a minor in Economics. She has been tutoring math, chemistry, physics, and SAT / ACT prep for over ten years. While at MIT, she was admissions intern and became a Kaplan-trained SAT tutor. Abigail lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband and two cats.



Jacob graduated from Tufts University, with a bachelor of arts degree, including semesters at Harvard University, Balliol College and Oxford University. He attended grad school at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He has had four years of personal executive function training with Dr. Ned Hallowell, author of Driven to Distraction. He has worked as a tutor for academic subjects, test prep, and executive function coach for 15 years. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, where he also works as a writer.



Nicole holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from UCLA, where she was the recipient of the Barbra Streisand/Sony Award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Award, the Charles and Lucile King Family Foundation Fellowship, among others.

Nicole has taught at UCLA and UCLA Extension. For four summers, she taught in and coordinated the filmmaking program at the pre-college academic enrichment program, Summer Discovery at UCLA. She has tutored English, Latin, writing, and filmmaking.



Derek received his Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction from Purdue University in the field of Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a major in Secondary Education from Wayne State University. He has taught at Bloomfield Hills High School since 2006 where he has developed a wide variety of classes ranging from Algebra 1 to AP Calculus BC. His AP Calculus BC students have an average score of 4.3 which is well above the global mean score.

Derek presents his ideas in mathematics education at both the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics statewide conference and Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference. His sessions over the past ten years have been well attended by educators throughout Michigan. He has tutored mathematics for five years covering topics from Algebra 1, ACT/SAT prep, through Calculus 4 at university. In addition he has been trained as an International Baccalaureate High Level (HL) Mathematics instructor and tutored HL maths.



Stephen graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies. This will be Stephen's seventh year helping students with the college application process. He is particularly skilled at working with applicants to elevate their writing skills. As a screenwriter turned novelist, Stephen understands the importance of effectively communicating through the written word. He has also worked as an SAT and high school subject tutor.



Alicja graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Music and also from Eastern Michigan University with a Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities and a Master of Arts in Counseling. She was a teacher and counselor in the Bloomfield Hills Schools for over 30 years. Alicja provides full college counseling support to College Choice Counseling clients. She is an IECA associate member.



Phil received his B.S. (Management) from Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City. He is the Director of Human Resources for Entertainment® in Troy, Michigan. He has worked within Human Resources for the past 13 years. A regular component of his day is to review resumes from prospective employees and determine if they may be a potential match for his organization. Prior to joining corporate America, Phil was employed at Rochester College (Rochester Hills, Michigan) for 9 years. During this period, he served as the Dean of Enrollment Services and then the Dean of Enrollment for Accelerated Learning. Throughout his career, Phil has enjoyed working with students as they plan for their academic and professional futures. Phil can assist College Choice Counseling clients with preparation of scholastic and professional resumes.

Brian Scholten


Brian is a full-time tutor from the Metro Detroit area. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oakland University with a BS in Mathematics and minors in Computer Science and Business. Brian tutors many subjects from elementary through college. He also helps with standardized tests, including ACT/SAT, and essay writing. His focus is on a true understanding of the material. In addition to tutoring, Brian has written a full novel and programmed over a dozen video games.



David graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in History and a minor in Film Studies. Originally from Baltimore, MD and now based in Los Angeles, CA, David has taught in high schools in Atlanta and Los Angeles and has over 20 years of tutoring experience, covering both the SAT/ACT, direct subject support for English and History, and Executive Functioning and study skills coaching.

In addition to teaching, David spent 12 years in Hollywood as a development executive and literary manager, working closely with film and television writers before switching sides to become a writer himself.



John taught for 31 years in the Southfield and Birmingham, Michigan Public Schools. He has reviewed large numbers of college applications and essays for his students. He also wrote numerous recommendation letters for them. Throughout his career, John has coached championship high school debate. Before becoming a high school teacher, John was a litigator and appellate attorney. John edits and provides comments on application essays for College Choice Counseling, helping students craft essays that impress colleges.

John received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.