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 skillfully 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.

Andrea Goodman, 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.

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).

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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