College Placement Consulting, LLC, is a college planning firm located in Easton, MD, providing students with invaluable college planning, college test prep, and tutoring services with flexible scheduling options. Our team of dedicated professional instructors and planners uses the valuable resources of time, experience and customized digital tools and personal connections to help students achieve their educational goals. We strive in every student interaction to boost confidence, reduce stress and make college planning fun.
Our doors opened in August 2000 when an extremely energetic retired high school principal Susan Patterson recognized the need for more specialized counseling in an ever-changing college planning environment. As CPC’s current coordinator of college planners, Susan has visited over 400 colleges. CPC has served over 2000 students since opening. After almost two decades, the company continues to offer paramount services, while also embracing new technological advances that can assist students and their families in the college search process.
Today’s parents have the desire but perhaps not the time to invest in full college planning. While students now have access to a vast amount of information about potential schools and more educational choices, the financial and emotional investment in selecting the right college can be overwhelming. College Placement Consulting’s expert planners help students and families identify the schools where each student will flourish academically, and socially, as well as, pave the road to acceptance. Easy to understand organizational strategies, student assessments, on demand research tools and online notification systems lighten the load. Through advanced technology, instructors recognize each student’s learning process and create strategies for success, boosting students’ confidence in mapping a vision for their future.
Betsy loves data and how using information and technology can help a student understand his/her key college criteria and provide him/her the confidence and motivation to stretch beyond original expectations. She strongly believes in making advanced college planning available to all students, regardless of academic or social background and is dedicated to working with the community. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Richmond and is an associate member of IECA. She is married to Kevin and has three sons. A native of Pittsburgh, she has lived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for over 13 years where she enjoys cutting her lawn, running when time allows, and cooking big meals for friends and family, particularly with last minute notice.
Coordinator of College Counseling
Susan is energized by books, theater, and golf. However, she is also energized by students and particularly working with them to find the college that makes their eyes light up. Her 17 years of individualized college counseling, coupled with her visits to over 400 campuses, qualifies Susan as the perfect trainer to oversee our entire college planning staff. She has addressed national conventions on counseling students towards the service academies and remains an integral part of our College Placement Consulting family.
Coordinator of Test Prep & Tutoring
Known as “Dr. P,” Larry has worked in education since 1966 and has been a tutor and SAT instructor since College Placement Consulting opened. He believes that every student can be successful in math and has spent his career trying to prove that. After retiring from public school administration, he spent over five years teaching math to students who were not successful in a regular school program. He also has studied the SAT and developed a program to help students increase their scores in math. His greatest motivation is to help students who struggle in math to recognize that they can do it and enjoy math – just ask some of his successes.
Barbara has taught English literature and composition at the high school and college levels for more than 20 years. After completing her MA in English with thesis distinction at Trinity College (Hartford, CT), she taught at various secondary schools where she also served as a class advisor, literary magazine advisor, National Honor Society advisor, and director of an international students program. She also has taught as an Adjunct Professor of English at Anne Arundel and Chesapeake Community Colleges and has been an active member of the CPC team teaching SAT and ACT Reading/Writing prep classes since 2005. Barbara notes: “I treasure the time I have spent working with students, especially one-on-one, sharing my love of literature and literary analysis and giving students both the skills and confidence to read more thoughtfully and to express themselves clearly and effectively in their oral presentations as well as in their writing."
Marci excels in helping students discover their strengths and interests as they explore finding the right “fit” for their college experience. She is a strong advocate for targeted planning throughout high school so students can be active participants in their educational journeys. As director of Continuing Education and Workforce Training at Chesapeake College, she is skilled in connecting learners with unique opportunities. Along with her duties at Chesapeake College, she also works part-time with Chesapeake’s Adult Basic Education program. Her goal for learners of all ages is for them to realize their fullest potential. Marci has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a music emphasis, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with marketing concentrations from Salisbury University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of South Dakota. A lifelong Shore resident, she is also a member of the Shore Leadership class of 2016 and an active member of several community organizations. She lives in Easton with her husband, Mike, daughter Gabrielle and a menagerie of furry and feathery critters.
Michelle has 15 years of financial analysis and business planning experience from a variety of industries. This experience translates well when counseling students in college decision-making. She has experience in looking at many options, analyzing the options to find the best fit, and implementing an action plan based on a final decision. Even though Michelle joins College Placement Consulting as a newcomer, she has a skill set that will be beneficial to students seeking help in making the best decision possible in furthering their education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Business with a concentration in Finance, French and German from Immaculata University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Temple University. As a student at Immaculata University, she worked in the Admissions Department, assisting prospective students with application questions and deliverables. Michelle is married with two girls. She lived in Pennsylvania for 12 years, gaining college and career experience, before returning to the Eastern Shore in 2010. She enjoys singing, camping, and traveling with her family. As a working mother, Michelle understands the challenges related to balancing a busy schedule and meeting important deadlines.
Gail is a MSDE certified school counselor and believes that any student, regardless of learning or physical differences, can have a fulfilling experience at a great college. She will help students find the school that best meets their needs and passions. Gail graduated from UMBC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, with a Psychology minor, and from Loyola University with a Master’s Degree in Education. She currently works as a Mental Health Consultant for the Child Care Resource Center at Chesapeake College and as a Home Hospital Instructor for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. Gail has lived on the Eastern Shore for 16 years with her husband and two teenage sons. She is an active member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and volunteers at Saint Vincent DePaul Society. In her spare time, she loves to read, craft, and bake (but not cook!).
English Test Prep Instructor
Karen’s approach to teaching is to create a dynamic, rigorous learning environment built on mutual respect, achievement for all, and plain old fun. She brings over 10 years of experience teaching teenagers reading comprehension, writing, and grammar at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School. An avid reader, Karen creates killer reading lists for students and also volunteers her vacation time to help a small Catholic Parish in Guatemala sustain its school and promote learning. Karen looks forward to working with College Placement Consulting students, helping them reach their full potential and boosting their scores in Critical Reading and Writing.
Dr. Ron Lesher
AP Calculus & Physics Tutor
Ron Lesher has an A.B. degree in mathematics from Lafayette College and an Ed.D. in Research and Measurement from Lehigh University. With more than two decades in the evaluation of innovative educational programs in New Jersey and almost two decades in the classroom teaching mathematics and physics in Pennsylvania and Maryland, he is well prepared to help students to understand mathematics and its applications. Memorization may be helpful in the short-term but frequently does not lead to understanding or the ability to solve problems. Understanding and problem solving are the keys to success in mathematics and life in general.
English Test Prep Instructor
Mark has tutored at the Writing Center at Anne Arundel Community College for five years, working one-on-one with students from diverse backgrounds to improve their writing through revision strategies and editing techniques. An advocate of the Socratic Method, Mark emphasizes analytical and critical thinking in a collaborative, active, and respectful environment. His goal is not only to help students improve their SAT scores, but also to offer a pleasurable and enriching experience in the classroom. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. With more than 10 years of experience in teaching at both the college and the high school level, Mark has a proven ability to create successful classes and teach across disciplines. At the college level, he has taught English 111, 112, 121, Ethics 111, Philosophy 111, Latin 111, 112 and Ancient Greek 111. At the high school level, he has taught Latin 1-4 and Spanish 1.
Will is a recent graduate of Kalamazoo College, where he received a B.A. in German Studies. He recently returned from a year in Germany as a post-graduate fellow at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. While in Germany, he taught English at a local high school and tutored other university students as well. Will has a passion for history and world languages, in particular, French and German, and can support CPC students as needed.