About: Meet Roxana, Tammy, and Charlotte.

Philosophy

At College Calm, we love getting to know our students, listening to their stories, learning what motivates them, and helping them find their voice. We consider it our job to reduce the stress and confusion students and families feel during the college application process. Our personalized approach creates a comfortable environment where we focus on student’s strengths, validate their experiences and build their capacity to calmly and effectively complete their college applications.

We do not view high school and the college process as a means to an end, but rather a time when students can learn about their academic assets and personal interests. We challenge students to think about what they can learn about life through the college process, and encourage them to dream about their futures. We believe students need to start the process early enough to give themselves the time to be (or learn to be) pro-active, organized, and thoughtful. By the end of the process, we want our students to find a college where they will thrive, not just attend.

Meet Roxana

roxanaMy background in education and admissions provides me with the unique combination of knowledge and tools to help students complete the college application process. I have a BA from Georgetown University and an MA in Education from Stanford University. As an application reader in the Stanford University admissions office and an admissions counselor at Santa Clara University, I read and evaluated hundreds of undergraduate applications and have first-hand experience in recognizing what makes the best applications rise to the top. Currently I interview Georgetown applicants as an alumni interviewer, serve as a school coach for the Challenge Success program and mentor AVID students at Sequoia High School. Throughout my 15 years in education, I have tutored students in reading, writing and organizational skills.

As a native of the Bay Area, I attended several local schools, including Nueva, Castilleja, and Menlo School. I currently live in San Carlos with my husband, two young children, and our Bernese Mountain Dog.

Meet Tammy

tammyI am a UC Davis Summa Cum Laude graduate with two BA degrees in Psychology and Spanish. I have an MA in Marriage Family Therapy, as well as a Pupil Personnel Services credential.  I have worked as a high school counselor for 15 years.  In that role, I have served as department head, the Advanced Placement Test Coordinator, the PSAT Coordinator, a WASC Curriculum leader, a Leadership team member and co-created a Latino Parent Group called Voces Latinas.  I have been a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and was a team leader for a district ASCA committee.  Our work culminated in receiving the McDaniel Award for excellence in School Counseling. I have a deep passion for counseling students and helping them on their personal journey.

I am a Bay Area native and San Mateo High School graduate.  I currently live in San Mateo with my husband and two daughters.

Meet Charlotte

My diverse background in education provides a unique perspective on the college admissions process. Having evaluated hundreds of candidates as an application reader at Stanford University’s admissions office, I have key insights into what determines a successful application. I also have extensive experience both educating and advising high school students as they prepare for the next steps in their education. I have served as both the Director of Admissions and Calculus teacher for a high school. My experience also extends to working with high school students with emotional issues and learning disabilities at the Second Nature wilderness therapy program. Finally, I have a broader passion to improve educational outcomes and opportunities for high school and college students. I was the 10th employee at Khan Academy as well as a founding member of an innovative cased based school (School for Ethics and Global Leadership). I received my BA in Psychology from Haverford College and graduated with honors for Psychology research in Narrative Identity. As a 4 year student athlete, I traveled to numerous colleges in the Northeast. I am also very familiar with the International Baccalaureate program, having attended an IB high school. I currently live with my husband in Menlo Park and enjoy playing Squash and Ultimate Frisbee in my spare time.