The ASCC Team

Amy Simon, Founder and President

Amy Simon is an experienced, intuitive educational and college consultant who is committed to understanding and meeting each client's individual needs. She has an extensive knowledge of high school and college counseling, and prides herself on offering every client the highest level of attention and service.

Amy has a meticulous, results-oriented philosophy. Families look to Amy to advise them throughout their students’ high school years, culminating in her expertly shepherding them through their college process. Amy is dedicated to giving all ASCC students caring, nurturing support while bringing their application materials to life.

Before transitioning full time into college consulting, Amy taught history and social sciences for eleven years at Deerfield High School. She also helmed a successful freelance writing business through which she wrote websites and corporate materials for businesses and business executives nationwide.

Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Illinois where she earned a 5.0 G.P.A. and graduated as Valedictorian of her college in only three years. Amy was a William Chandler Bagley Scholar, a James Scholar, and a Bronze Tablet graduate, and was named the Kappa Delta Pi Outstanding Senior in Teacher Education. Amy also has a Master of Arts in History from DePaul University, conferred with highest honors.

Amy now devotes her professional career to guiding and inspiring students to enjoy a positive, successful college application experience. She continually furthers her professional development through visiting colleges and universities, attending professional conferences, and staying current on the latest trends in college admissions.

Paul Haack, Executive Director

Paul Haack is a committed, expert member of the Amy Simon College Consulting team who works with students on all elements of the college process including consulting, essay coaching, and application work. In addition, Paul provides critical logistical support to all ASCC team members and client families while ensuring that the ASCC office adheres to the highest professional standards of service and productivity.

Paul contributes his technological and managerial expertise to ASCC in order to bring maximum precision and efficiency to each student’s college process. Paul’s extensive knowledge of database construction and data management allows the ASCC Team to meticulously track and manage all of our student’s application information and deadlines in our custom built system. Paul leads our team in making certain that each student’s process is impeccably organized and skilfully executed, and he is continually creating innovative systems to take our capabilities to the next level.

Paul has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Northern Illinois University where he graduated Suma Cum Laude in the Honors Program on a full scholarship.

Prior to joining Amy Simon College Consulting Inc., Paul began his work in the field of college admissions as a recruiter for Westwood Technical College. For 10 years he served as a year-round member of the Leadership Team at Banner Day Camp as the Transportation Director and Summer Office Manager. At Banner, Paul helped train and supervise a transportation and summer office staff of over 80 individuals, routed and oversaw all camp transportation, and provided premier customer service to camp parents.

Paul is dedicated to applying his college consulting and managerial skills toward helping our families have a highly professional, enjoyable, and low-stress college application process.

Glenn Simon, Vice President SIMON Test Prep

Glenn Simon’s thirteen years of experience in high school and post-secondary education make him uniquely situated to maximize ASCC students’ potential and to help them to secure prestigious college admissions opportunities.

Glenn is a veteran high school teacher and Associate Principal who has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Education at National-Louis University and as a test item writer for ACT, Inc. Glenn has a sophisticated understanding of factors that lead to student achievement and college admissions success. He uses this knowledge to assist a wide range of students with their college and graduate school applications and essays.

Leading SIMON Test Prep, Glenn brings our families a comprehensive understanding of the  ACT testing framework and of the role standardized assessments play in the college admission process. In his most recent professional experience, Glenn improved and expanded the ACT and Advanced Placement programs in a high school serving 2,000 college-bound students. Glenn utilizes his knowledge of curriculum and instruction, and his experience with teacher training, to ensure that our SIMON Test Prep students receive the highest quality ACT tutoring experience.

Glenn earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctorate from the Northwestern University School of Law. After a brief legal career in Chicago, Glenn returned to Northwestern University to earn his Master of Science in Education and Social Policy.  In addition, Glenn holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Roosevelt University.

Glenn’s career in public education was centered on expanding opportunities for students by designing specialized curricula and delivering targeted academic support. Glenn now applies his skills and vision to help ASCC students convey their potential for success to prospective colleges.

Andrea Goodman, ASCC Consultant

Andrea Goodman is an enthusiastic, motivated professional committed to helping students navigate the college process with confidence, independence and a readiness to enter the college arena. Andrea believes that students thrive when they have the necessary tools and support to accomplish their goals. Her ability to connect with students and her strong knowledge base help her to meet each student's individual needs in a warm, productive and energizing environment.

Andrea specializes in helping students identify pre-college experiences that support their individual strengths while enhancing their interests and admissions opportunities. Andrea offers a range of consulting services including advising on summer college programs, international programs, community service opportunities, college selection, and transition to college preparation. She also works with ASCC students throughout their college application process.

Andrea has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Business from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago. She spent eight years as a school social worker in the Buffalo Grove/Long Grove area, where she created and implemented the district’s character education program and supported students, staff and the parent community.

For the past 6 years, Andrea has worked with the Schuler Scholar Program which offers high- achieving, under-resourced students four years of support to prepare for admission to and success within highly selective colleges. Andrea served as Director of Summer Programs, working with students to identify beneficial summer and community service opportunities. In addition, she implemented transition to college programs to help students successfully navigate college life. Andrea continues to consult with the Schuler Scholar Program in the areas of social emotional support and program development.

Andrea’s college consulting experience, paired with her passion for student success, make her a natural fit for ASCC. Her belief in the “whole child” guides her in developing student’s skills and confidence while offering expert navigation of supplemental programs that will enhance each student’s application profile.

Laura Lew, Executive Administrator

Laura’s commitment to providing professional, ongoing, and responsive communication with our ASCC families is instrumental to the smooth functioning of our program. Laura is responsible for all of the billing and bookkeeping for the ASCC office, in addition to other important office tasks. She brings the highest level of commitment and dedication to these critical logistical functions, making certain we take the best care of our families.

Laura has over twenty years of experience as a bookkeeper and customer service representative at a variety of companies including Simplesse, UreSil, Consumer Surveys, Digital Currency Systems, Imada, Financial Clearings, and Data Managers. She earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Iowa.

Laura’s superior organizational abilities and detail-oriented approach to bookkeeping and her many office responsibilities are essential to the efficiency of the ASCC office.

Lisa Aronson, Project Manager

Lisa has over twenty-five years of leadership experience teaching and mentoring young adults in educational and recreational settings. She brings her passion for providing young people with exceptional opportunities for success to her work with Amy Simon College Consulting.

Lisa advances the ASCC mission by offering critical support on our office staff and customer communications teams. Her commitment to client satisfaction, and her impeccable organization and project management skills, allow ASCC to give all of our clients the attention and highly professional experience they deserve.

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Elementary Education from National-Louis University. She taught second grade for seven years at Romona School in Wilmette, was a substitute teacher in Deerfield District 109 for two years, and has served on the Leadership Team at Banner Day Camp for a total of 20 years.

Lisa’s effusive energy and commitment to 100% customer satisfaction help to create an exceptional college admissions experience for each client.

Beth Kraemer, Independent Essay Writing Coach

Beth Kraemer has taught writing in various capacities for much of her career. She is currently an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she teaches a Legal Writing course for first year law students. She has also taught writing courses at the John Marshall Law School. In addition, Beth tutors students for the English, Reading, and Writing sections of the ACT and enjoys working individually with students to develop their analytic test-taking skills. She is also an independent writing coach and academic tutor for law and high school students.

Beth believes that every student has a unique story to tell and enjoys helping students find their own distinctive voices. Her goal is to guide students through every step of the writing process and enable them to share their individual personalities in creative and well-developed college essays. Beth works hard to build her students’ confidence and loves seeing their excitement when they successfully articulate their thoughts in writing.

After graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Beth earned a Master’s Degree in Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University.  Several years later, she returned to school at the UCLA School of Law, where she earned her J.D. degree. She then practiced law in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins, specializing in employment litigation. She eventually left the practice of law to pursue her passion for teaching. In addition to her various jobs, Beth volunteers her time with several community organizations.

Alice Moody, Independent Essay Writing Coach

Alice Moody, a former high school English teacher in Redding, CT and San Francisco, CA, has always loved teaching writing. For the past three years, she has been a writing instructor for New Trier Extension. Her popular “Just Write” classes encourage students to discover their voice by exploring traditional stylistic conventions such as use of specific detail, strong verbs, dialogue, figurative language, and more.

In addition to teaching writing classes, Alice works as a private tutor with local secondary students, focusing on everything from History and English assignments to college essays. She especially loves the challenge of assisting teenagers who have something to say but feel stymied because their written words and inner thoughts do not mirror one another. Alice subscribes to the belief that anyone, with proper guidance, can create strong essays. With her abundant enthusiasm, energy, and dedication, she helps students create impactful and authentic pieces.

Originally from St. Louis, Alice holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Johns Hopkins University. After a brief stint in the publishing industry, she attended The University of Chicago and graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching English. In addition, Alice spent several years volunteering with students in North Chicago as part of Reading Power, a literacy intervention program for students with limited access to resources. She currently leads book group discussions focused on contemporary fiction at The Bookstall in Winnetka.

Alice understands that the college essay is an integral component of the application process. She strives to help ASCC students create essays that showcase how they think, what they have to say and, most importantly, who they really are beyond their grades and test scores.

Meg Murphy, Independent Essay Writing Coach

Meg Murphy has worked as an English teacher for her entire career, specializing in the teaching of writing. After receiving her Master of Arts degree in English from Northwestern University, Meg taught American literature, writing, and journalism at Hinsdale Central, where she also served as the Academic Adviser for the school’s award-winning yearbook. While at Hinsdale, Meg worked with students to find their voice and develop their thesis in Senior Honors Rhetoric.

For the past six years, Meg has been teaching writing and Humanities as a Visiting Professor of English at DeVry University. Here, Meg engages students in thinking critically about the writing process and helps them to achieve rewarding outcomes including writing with purpose, creating full arguments, and communicating with style. Over the past five years, Meg has also worked as a private writing and literature tutor with individual North Shore students.

Meg relishes working one-on-one with young people, and truly believes that each person has an authentic story to tell. By connecting with her students on a personal level, Meg encourages her students through all stages of the writing process to ensure that their ideas are fully developed and clearly expressed. She is excited to work with ASCC students on writing essays to college admissions departments that illustrate their individuality with competence and imagination.

Jenny Newman, Independent Essay Writing Coach

Jenny Newman is an independent writing instructor with over thirteen years of experience working with students on their college essays.  With an emphasis on the writing process, Jenny has had much success helping college-bound students brainstorm, strategize, organize and write their college application essays. 

Jenny graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a strong emphasis in English.  Jenny furthered her education at National-Louis University in Evanston, IL, where she received her Master’s in Teaching with an endorsement in middle school. Jenny then worked as a teacher aide at Wood Oaks Junior High School in Northbrook and later served as a full-time teacher at The Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago.  After leaving the classroom in 1998, Jenny has spent nearly two decades tutoring both middle school and high school age students in writing, reading, and study skills, in addition to assisting students from across the North Shore in writing their college admissions essays.

With Jenny’s expertise in the college essay writing process, as well as her dedication to each individual student, the stress in the daunting task of writing all-important college essays is greatly reduced.  Though Jenny understands that a blank piece of paper can be a scary thing, she believes that with the proper guidance, as well as a clear idea of what colleges are interested in learning about an applicant, the process can be painless. Jenny strives to partner with each student to create a positive and successful essay writing experience.

Eileen O’Halloran, Independent Essay Writing Coach

Eileen O’Halloran currently teaches English and Writing at DePaul University in Chicago where she strives to develop her students’ love of literature and writing skills. In addition to teaching in the Honors Program, English Department, and First Year Program at DePaul, Eileen has also taught at the University of Michigan/University of Wisconsin study abroad program at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Eileen enjoys working with students to craft their college essays, and specializes in being attuned to the unique story each student has to share. She believes in working together to find and develop a student’s voice. Eileen’s goal is to build confidence within each of her students so they are inspired about their future college plans.

Eileen was awarded a Ph.D. in English with a minor in Composition Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Philosophy in Literature from Trinity College, Dublin. In addition, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Illinois. Eileen’s Ph.D. dissertation earned a rare “honors” distinction, and she has been awarded several fellowships and honors throughout her undergraduate and graduate academic career.

Eileen has had work published in Contemporary Literature and a variety of newspapers and has edited a book on Leopold Bloom (from James Joyce's Ulysses).

Mimi Saks, Independent Essay Writing Coach

Mimi Saks has taught high school and college level English for fifteen years in Hinsdale, Lake Forest, and Chicago. She thrives on getting to know each student’s strengths and interests. In addition to teaching literature and writing, Mimi enjoys working with students in a one-on-one environment where she has the opportunity to guide them individually with each stage of the writing process and help to find their distinctive voices.

By engaging students in the learning process, Mimi motivates her students to set high expectations. She uses these same strategies to assist college applicants in writing winning entrance essays. Mimi is also an accomplished tutor for the English, Reading, and Writing sections of the ACT test and helps facilitate her students’ analytic test-taking skills.

Mimi holds a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After working in advertising and public relations, Mimi returned to school at DePaul University where she was awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching for Secondary English. Mimi also completed additional coursework in Journalism, Reading, and English as a Second Language. She continues to work with student teachers at DePaul University and Northwestern University to assist them in enhancing their teaching skills.

Debby Shulman, Independent Essay Writing Coach

Debby Shulman has been an academic tutor for over fifteen years, concentrating on English, grammar, writing strategies, and college essay development. She is deeply committed to fostering social and emotional growth within her students, focusing on their individual academic strengths and needs.

Debby works hard to create a work environment that is warm, engaging, and rewarding. Her philosophy of teaching encourages competence and confidence and she works closely with each student to create beautifully crafted essays that set them apart from other candidates.

Debby is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Shortly after earning a secondary education teaching certificate, she taught sixth and seventh grade and later served as a writer and research assistant at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Debby has most recently created coursework and written curriculum for Northwestern University’s Saturday Enrichment Program. She has also taught high school honors English to students across the country through Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development.

Debby is currently a columnist for The Northbrook Patch, an online community newspaper. She also serves as a Community Ambassador for Autism Speaks.


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