Certified College Counselor
Neal has been providing academic and college planning services to Westchester County students since 2004. He earned his College Counseling Certification, with distinction, from UCLA Extension.
College Planning of Westchester provides a holistic approach to the academic, college prep and search process. By addressing and assisting with all academic, college planning, application and financial needs, students are supported every step of the way through their pre-college years.
Neal is president of the Armonk Chamber of Commerce and is on the Union College Alumni Council. Neal also volunteers with YPIE at Yonkers High School advising students through the college process. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady. His wife is an optometrist in Westchester County. He has three college graduates who all live and work in NYC.
Neal is a CEP (Certified Educational Planner) and a member of NYSACAC and the Higher Education Consultant Association and subscribes to HECA standards of good practice
Or view the video interview:
Get to hear Neal's perspective on college counseling at 13:28 into the podcast/video.
SAT and ACT, English
Laura is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School and most recently received her Masters in English Education from Manhattanville. She has been tutoring SAT/ACT and high school English since 2012 in Westchester County. She has a number of published books and essays.
Math SAT/ACT, Science ACT
Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus
Lester has been tutoring in both Westchester and Fairfield Counties for the past seven years. In addition to tutoring students for the SAT and ACT math/science, he also tutors Pre-Algebra through to AP Calculus. Lester is a math teacher in a Connecticut school when he is not at College Planning of Westchester, which helps him stay current on changes to curriculum. Lester worked in Banking prior to his educational career. A graduate of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Carnegie Mellon, Lester brings a broad background of experience to CPW and our students
College Application Advisor; Essays
Stacy has been part of the the CPW team since 2011. She has worked with students to capture and devleop their unique stories into memorable and distinctive college essays. Her 30 years of writing and editing experience, both in the corporate and private sector, make her uniquely qualified to help advise students through the writing elements of the college process.
Additionally, Stacy volunteers in the Yonkers high schools, mentoring students in the college counseling center to help guide them through the college application and essay writing experience. She is also a co-chair of the Armonk Outdoor Art Show.
College Applications, SAT and ACT, English; French
Kaila is an English and French tutor. In addition to working with students on their SAT and ACT test prep, she also helps to read and edit college application essays. She has worked as a translator for English/French and has taught in France. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School, her broad background in languages is enhanced by her background in music. We are delighted to have Kaila on our team..
SAT/ACT, English and History
Janel is a New York state-certified social studies teacher with her Master's in history and education. She has been the lead tutor at College Planning of Westchester for SAT/ACT prep, reading, writing, and English since 2004.
SAT/ACT, Math and Science, Biology, Chemistry
Jonathan holds a B.S. in Biology from Stony Brook University. Growing up in a family of educators, he admittedly learned how to teach and tutor from a very early age. Jonathan is extremely thorough and in combination with his ability to connect with so many students, he is still able to get the results students/parents are looking for.
SAT and ACT, English
Tama is a lover of books, language and writing, with a BA from Connecticut College and graduate studies in Latin, English and business. She taught English and Latin for nine years, before changing paths to run a small business. She has since returned to her passion for preparing high school students for their college entrance exams and mentoring their path to winning essays and scores.
Tama brings a fresh and collaborative style to working with students. She is flexible yet focused in her approach, tailoring each session to the individual student's needs and interests.
ISEE and SSAT, Language Arts and Social Studies
Ariel earned her MA in teaching and is New York state certified in early childhood education. She has extensive experience as a student teacher and substitute teacher in elementary schools. Ariel is a qualified reading, writing, and math tutor for younger students.
SAT/ACT, English and Reading; English, English Literature; U.S. History; Special Education
Nichole holds a B.A. from Western Connecticut and is finishing up her Masters in Professional Studies at Manhattanville College. Nichole's expertise and interests are in literature and writing, specifically twentieth century fiction and poetry, as well as creative and essay writing.
SAT/ACT Math; Algebra/Geometry/Trig; Special Education
Andrea holds a Master of Science in both Mathematics Education and Students with Disabilities from Mercy College. She currently teaches High School Math at a public school in Northern Westchester. We are thrilled to have her on board!
College Applications, SAT and ACT, English
Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in English (Secondary) Education and went on to earn her MA in English Curriculum & Instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University. Lauren worked with Neal previously and recently reconnected with him because of their shared interest in education consulting.
Lauren currently resides in Saratoga Springs where she spent the last 8 years teaching English at the public high school in Clifton Park. Her greatest joy was providing support for students as they planned for their lives after graduation: She has written hundreds of recommendation letters, provided lessons for SAT/ACT Prep, and held writing conferences for the college essay.