M.S.Ed. University of Pennsylvania, 1988
MSS Bryn Mawr College, 1994
Mindyjane grew up at the foot of the Catskill Mountains in New York State. She attended the State University of New York at Binghamton on a partial scholarship and graduated in three years with highest honors and a BS in Psychology. Upon receiving her Masters degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, Mindyjane taught middle school history and English at a private school on the Main Line of Philadelphia. In 1994 she graduated from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and counseled college students at Bryn Mawr College and Philadelphia University, formerly known as the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.
Mindyjane is a licensed clinical social worker. She has served as a consultant within the traditional, online, and alternative school communities for the last 17 years. She is the mother of two sons who spent their primary and secondary school years as home-schooled and online students while balancing pre-professional music careers. The older is a recent graduate of Princeton University and lives and works in Washington D.C.. The younger is a junior at Princeton University who also studies at Juilliard.
Mindyjane is active in the Philadelphia scene of youth music and serves as Co-Director of Marketing on the board of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra. She is the current President of the Princeton Parents’ Committee and board member of the Princeton Club of Philadelphia.
BA English, Tufts University, 1989
MS Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1992
A former staff editor at The Atlantic, Amy has worked for NPR and PBS, and she freelances for commercial magazines and art publications. Amy is the proud parent of a graduate of Wesleyan University and a high-school student.
When a student hears, “Show. Don’t tell,” their eyes glaze over. What does that actually mean? Through in-person, FaceTime or Skype meetings, as well as detailed editing, Amy helps her students understand the difference between just saying something and allowing the reader to see it through engaging description. Students learn to use examples to back up their assertions, fact check their statements, and employ action verbs and adjectives that enhance the impact and economy of their messages. Authenticity and clarity are hallmarks of the essays her students achieve, always in their own voices and without falling back on cliches or flowery prose. Amy begins the writing process by creating a welcoming, safe environment that gets students speaking. Students work with Amy to verbalize their thoughts, memories and ideas, and then transfer them, carefully and grammatically, to the page. The result is a memorable, personal story that enables admissions counselors to get to know the student applicants and allows students to elevate their transcripts and accomplishments with revelatory and compelling writing.