Hello! I'm Coach Michelle.

I’m an application coach with student advisor experience. Holding a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership focusing on Higher Education, I’ve worked with college students and alumni in over 1,000 advising appointments. As a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, I met individually with students to coach them through the transition from college to the working world. At the Career Services Department of a local community college, I enjoyed teaching workshops on campus and in the community.

My college application work with families began over a decade ago when I served as the PTSO President of Ann Arbor Huron High School. I knew many families, and noticed a few high achieving seniors slipping past deadlines. With children of my own receiving generous scholarships at top schools, I helped families catch up in applying, and these students did very well with admission and scholarship offers. 

Through a friend, I met a former Dean of Northwestern University – in a brief conversation it was she who encouraged me to create a business so I could help more families. My first official client received a full scholarship at a college that I introduced him to! 

As of 2021, my students’ scholarship offer tally is over $10 million at top schools across the nation.

Speaker & Presenter

As part of my commitment to the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling, I support access and equity in the Statement of Principles of Good Practice through the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC): I often host College Application talks to educate families about the transition to college.

Contributor to our Schools

Supporting schools by serving along side parents, students, faculty, and staff is important to me.

Previous service include:

  • Parent Council, Calvin College (now Calvin University)
  • PTSO President, Ann Arbor Huron High School
  • PTSO President, Clague Middle School
  • Director of Marketing, Ann Arbor Christian School
  • Consultant to Ann Arbor Public Schools Facilities
  • Consultant to Ann Arbor Public Schools Bond
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools Transportation Safety Committee

Running Coach

September to June, I coach running with my friend Karen Yamada. The first middle school students I coached are now college graduates! Several high schooler runners come back to run with our middle school runners – great fun!

Our Clague Middle School Cross Country team roster has +100 runners each year. Our team won the City Trophy for both Boys and Girls Cross Country a few times.

Winter Running Club is full of snowy running adventures, while Grade 6 Track teaches the basics of a great team sport. I’m happy to know so many runners in Ann Arbor!