DEB DONLEY COLLEGE COUNSELING
A post-high school counselor at New Trier Township High School for twenty-five years, Deb spent the majority of her professional life helping high school students design their program of studies, investigate and select postsecondary options, and complete every step of the college admission and selection process. She has worked with over 3000 high school students, including student-athletes, students with disabilities, and candidates applying to visual and performing arts programs.
While at New Trier Deb initiated the essay seminars; the college application processing night (CAPS); created and wrote newsletters for seniors, juniors, and for the parents of sophomores; coordinated all office publications, and; created the post-high school binder, a complete guide to the post-high school process at New Trier and its subsequent assignment sequence which was designed to break up the process into easily manageable tasks.
Before her time at New Trier, Deb was a generalist counselor at Hinsdale Central High School and completed nine years in admissions at Purdue University, Drake University and The Firelands College of Bowling Green State University. She also worked in other student services capacities at Northern Illinois University, Purdue, and The Firelands College of Bowling Green State University. She holds a Master's Degree in College Student Personnel and another M.A. in Guidance and Counseling.
Deb also teaches college counseling to graduate students, school counselors, independent counselors, and other interested individuals through The Academy for College Admission Counseling. She is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Higher Education Consultants Association. She has frequently presented at IACAC's state and regional conferences, and has been a regular participant on WBBM during their higher education events.
A self-professed grammar geek, she also taught high school English and is a strong advocate of the Oxford comma. While most students find the college essay terrifying, Deb loves it.