Maria has been involved with children and education for over 20 years. She grew up in Orlando and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 1991. She worked for The University of Florida in Alumni Relations and for Junior Achievement of Central Florida before starting her family. While being a stay-at-home mom for 16 years, she ran parent committees and volunteered at her children’s schools. For 13 years, she volunteered on many committees at Blankner School, including 7 years as the volunteer ADDitions Coordinator.
In 2014, Maria went back to school and earned a specialized certificate in College Counseling from the University of California, San Diego. She has also been certified in the Track It! college planning curriculum.
Maria has been married since 1991 and has three children. Her husband, Bill, is a partner with Foley and Lardner. They met at the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance as well as his Juris Doctor Degree and Masters of Business Administration. Maria’s on-the-job training as a parent of three teenagers is where, prior to opening The College Map, she initially earned first-hand experience of the college planning process. All three of her children have benefitted from working one-on-one with a college planner and her youngest is a senior currently completing the process. Her oldest was a 2015 high school graduate and is currently completing a bachelors degree at the University of Florida. Her middle child is a 2017 high school graduate and is attending Northeastern University. Her youngest, a student in the class of 2019, is still discovering what her future holds. Maria’s unique experience in having her children in the program, who work with planners other than herself, allows her to see the benefits of our comprehensive program as a professional and a parent. She has insight as a parent and mother that allows her to listen to her students and build a relationship with them that enables her to successfully complete her students’ college search and application processes.
Success to Maria is when a student returns from his/her first semester of college and says, “Mrs. Guthrie, thank you! I am certain I am at the right school for me to continue my education and have found a home away from home with wonderful friends and mentors.” We must remember the right fit isn’t always the same for friends, siblings, or family members. This is the student’s journey and she is honored to be a part of it! You can reach Maria at The College Map at 407-757-0702 or via email.
Julie is an educational consultant and a 25-year veteran school counselor, English teacher (middle and high school levels), and SAT/ACT instructor with demonstrated ability to guide her students through every facet of college planning from self-assessment to college acceptance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Master’s in College Student Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Florida. She completed post-Master’s work in School Counseling and Guidance and executive leadership training (Accendo LEAD Forward Roundtables) from Rollins College. Additionally, she holds a gifted education endorsement certification from the State of Florida Department of Education.
Julie brings experience, levity, and transparency to her relationships with students and their families; she works to diffuse emotions that surround an often unfamiliar, competitive, and seemingly impersonal college admission process. She offers her students advanced, expert college guidance within a framework of a comprehensive curriculum delivery model. She approaches the college planning process with the whole “child” in mind: an academic, social, emotional, and spiritual college fit where her students will not only succeed, but thrive.
The “college search” is paramount in the process. She addresses students’ “key college criteria” as she educates students on the “art of college visits” (pre, during, and post visit). She opens students’ eyes to additional college choices as she works with students to create a balanced college list in terms of both admission probability and financial feasibility (i.e., the ROI). She strives to help her students cultivate their passions for service in order to bring these passions to their college campuses and, ultimately, into the world to make a difference.
The College Map is a professional member of NACAC (the National Association of College Admission Counselors) and subscribes to the Principles of Good Practice. Julie consults regularly with college admission counselors, attends national conferences, and visits college campuses throughout the year in order to disseminate the latest information pertinent to a current admission cycle.
Julie is married to Mark who holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from Rollins College. He is a business consultant who works on both the technical and functional sides of software systems implementations. They have two children: a daughter who is a sophomore at Florida State University majoring in Nursing, and a middle school aged son. When she is not at The College Map, she enjoys boating, ballroom dancing, traveling (college visits!), lay leadership and fellowship at First United Methodist Church Orlando, and snow skiing.
Barbara joined The College Map in January 2016 as a College Planning Consultant. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and German from Stetson University in 1991 and a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina in 1994. After leaving the business world to start her family, she began volunteering and working in the school system. Barbara was a substitute teacher at Thornebrooke Elementary from 2005 to 2015, in addition to teaching religious education classes at her church and tutoring elementary school students. She has also served as a school and classroom volunteer and worked on committees for the PTA organizations at Thornebrooke Elementary School, Gotha Middle School, and Olympia High School.
She is currently enrolled in the College Counseling Program at the University of California, San Diego, and has completed training in the Track It! college planning curriculum.
Barbara and her husband, Caesar, have lived in Central Florida for over twenty years. Caesar is a Director of Portfolio Management in the Parks Technology Division (IT) at Universal Studios and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree in Technology Management from the University of Miami. Caesar and Barbara have two children: a senior at Olympia High School who is actively engaged in the college planning process, and a sophomore at the University of Florida. Going through the college selection and application process with her own children has given Barbara a thorough appreciation and understanding of the journey and she enjoys helping students at The College Map find their unique college fit.
You can reach her at The College Map at (407) 757-0702 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacqueline Maddron has been with the College Map for almost two years as a College Planner. She served in the Orange County Public Schools for over 14 years and most recently as a College and Career Specialist at the high school level with Orange County Public Schools, where she facilitated the college transition process for upcoming juniors and graduating seniors. She knows first-hand the importance of thoughtful college planning and the difference it can make in a student’s future. Her passion is working with high school students so they know the best course loads to take, the importance of test preparation and test taking, the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to them, and the characteristics colleges and universities are looking for in student applications and interviews. Preparing to enter college is a stressful time for students – and parents! As a mother of a high school junior and current college student, she understands the real day to day pressures high school students face to get accepted into their school of choice.
Her ongoing experience with public high schools brings a unique perspective to our team. Jacqueline has gone through the process at The College Map herself, and combined with her intricate knowledge of how public-school systems interface with college admissions offices, she is well versed in academic planning and how The College Map compliments the public-school resources available to students. Jacqueline is married to Kevin Maddron and they have two children – Nicholas is 20, a sophomore at The University of Florida and Grace is 16, a junior at Hagerty High School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Central Florida in 1993. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and watching her children compete in their respective sport and hobbies. Jacqueline decided to join The College Map team because she truly believes every student needs an advocate – whether it be in their academic and career goals, financial situation, or just an ear to listen.
Liz has been a guidance counselor in Florida since 1992. A long-time resident of Orlando, she has worked in the same community at public high schools and K-8 schools since 1998. Liz works hard to help students see the relationship between coursework and extracurricular activities as a means of clarifying their focus to the right college and career path. She believes firmly that the path of self-discovery is important in helping students find the right fit in their post-secondary journey.
Liz graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Communication and later received her Master’s in Counseling Education from the University of South Florida. She has worked at all grade levels as a counselor but prefers to work with middle school and high school age students.
Liz and her husband, Todd, have lived in Orlando for over 20 years. They have three children. Her oldest is a recent Political Science graduate from the University of Florida and was a member of the Gator Men’s Basketball team. Her middle also attends the University of Florida and is pursuing a degree in Building Construction Management. Her youngest attends a local high school and will be exploring colleges both in-state and out of state. Liz has learned from the different paths that her own children have taken that there is no singular checklist that will help all students. Liz looks forward to working with students at The College Map and helping them uncover the many possibilities that await them. You can reach Liz at The College Map at 407-757-0702 or via email.
Katlyn comes to the College Map with ten years experience in high school guidance counseling and two years experience as a college admissions counselor. As a school counselor at the high school level, she brings experience in academic planning and preparing for college transition. She knows firsthand how stressful the college planning process can be and her passion is helping students find the right fit. She knows that the path to college is as unique as the students themselves. Financial aid planning, scholarship applications, course rigor, and extracurricular activities all play a crucial role in helping a student discover who they are and help to define what they want out of post-secondary education.
A Pittsburgh native, Katlyn attended West Virginia University and received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. She then moved to Philadelphia to attend Rosemont graduate college where she studied counseling psychology with a specialization in school guidance and counseling. She worked at Rosemont as a graduate admissions counselor full time while working toward her Masters of Arts degree. She graduated from Rosemont and immediately began working for the Philadelphia school district before moving to Orlando, Florida and working for the Orange County public school system.
Katlyn and her fiancé Mark Segreto have a beautiful baby girl, Elena. Katlyn met Mark at West Virginia University where they became close friends. Fifteen years later they reunited, fell in love, and started a family. Katlyn found another life passion in motherhood.
Katlyn brings a unique and fun attitude and approach to working with high school students. She is excited to join the wonderful team at the College Map where she can unite both of her passions- working with students in transitioning into one of the most exciting times of their lives and staying home to raise her daughter.
You can reach her at email@example.com.
Jennifer brings her unique perspective of the college application process to The College Map. A 1990 graduate from The University of the South with a Bachelor’s degree in English, she began her professional career in Healthcare Management with Orlando Health, where she remained for almost ten years.
Subsequently, as a stay at home mom, she logged countless volunteer hours at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School and Bishop Moore Catholic High School. She served as the St. Margaret Mary School Board President and has Co-Chaired the Bishop Moore Catholic Legacy Gala twice.
More recently, Jennifer has gained respect for her experience in editing college essays. For the past five years, she has served as an independent College Essay Consultant to students at various schools in the Orlando area. Jennifer prides herself on helping her students create a well-crafted story that is both memorable and authentic. She is certified in the Track It! college planning curriculum and recently went back to school to earn a specialized certification in College Counseling at the University of California, San Diego.
Jennifer is married to Jim, the managing partner of Baker Hostetler’s Orlando office and they have three children. Their oldest daughter is a junior at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and their middle daughter is a sophomore at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Their son is currently a junior at Bishop Moore Catholic High School and in the midst of his own preparation for college. Jennifer credits her three children with being her initial instructors in course planning, college essays and the application process overall! Her first hand knowledge, coupled with her ability to relate to her students and offer sound advice, allows her to effectively guide them as they navigate their college searches and the application process. Jennifer’s passion is helping her students uncover that special school where they can flourish and realize their full potential.
Grace is a high school English teacher from Atlanta, Georgia who moved to Orlando in June of 2015. She served as the English Department Chair at her previous school in Atlanta and was a two-time finalist for Teacher of the Year. She is certified in the Middle Years Programme, as well as Advanced Placement for Literature. She is passionate about student success in both the reading and writing processes. Grace graduated from the University of Georgia and went on to pursue a Master’s of Teaching at Georgia State University.
Grace has been away from the classroom since moving to Orlando in order to be at home with her two daughters, 5 and 3 and her son, 1. She is excited about the opportunity to interact with students as they prepare for the SAT and ACT, as well as their collegiate future. Grace is married to Jeff, a University of Texas graduate in engineering who is the Business Development director at Turner Construction. Grace loves to give motivational speeches about the importance of focused reading and would love to challenge any of her students to a grammar-off.
You can reach Grace at The College Map at 407-757-0702 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kai has been gaining experience as a math tutor and instructor ever since he began volunteering at Boone High School’s Math Center about a decade ago. Since then, he has also completed numerous tutoring assignments in widely-ranging topics including everything from US History and Biology, to Chemistry and Pre-Calculus.
In addition, he has worked as a substitute teacher for the past three years earning special recognition from Kelly Services as an excellent sub. Moreover, it is from this background that he gained a very favorable reputation in the Boone community as the “go-to” sub that can fill in for the teachers and successfully teach the material. When a teacher is out for an extended period of time, Kai is the guest instructor you are most likely to find regardless of the subject matter, and he is regularly seen on the Boone Campus being greeted by numerous students he has taught in the past. It is estimated that he has tutored or taught close to 1000 students.
Kai is a proud graduate of Boone High School and the University of Florida where he received a degree in Anthropology. Kai excelled in school earning multiple Student of the Year awards, honor societies memberships, and valedictorian status. He has also completed the requisites for becoming a Certified 6-12 Mathematics Teacher in Florida. In conjunction with tutoring advanced math courses up to calculus, he has also helped elementary students learn the very fundamentals of mathematics. With this wide range of perspectives, he strives to provide a novel, holistic, and straightforward approach to arithmetic that will help your student succeed. You can reach Kai at The College Map at 407-757-0702 or via email.
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