Tracy Ganzer Haferling, M.Ed.
I hold an Independent Educational Consultant Certificate from UC Irvine, a master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University, a California Single Subject Professional Clear Teaching Credential in English, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from CSUN. I am a member of the Higher Education Consultant Association (HECA), Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC) and also regularly seek out professional development opportunities. I have dedicated my entire career to working with teenagers and have spent 17 years in the classroom teaching English, including nine years at The Archer School for Girls, a highly regarded independent school in Los Angeles that sends its graduates to some of the most selective colleges across the nation, and seven years at Agoura High School in Las Virgenes Unified School District. I truly enjoy working with teenagers and helping them to discover their passions. Having worked with over 2,000 students and provided feedback on over 8,000 essays, I have the expertise to guide students in finding their voice in the college essay. I stay current with college trends and data and utilize that information to give my clients the best guidance in the college admissions process.
Why Hire Me?
I work with families to demystify the college process guiding them through all aspects of the college search and application process.
All of my guidance and recommendations stem from finding the right match for each student I work with. I spend time meeting with students individually and getting to know their preferences. Typically, the earlier I start working with a student, the richer and more productive that relationship becomes.
I use the data culled from students’ academic and personal profiles as well as from the colleges to guide my recommendations.
College data changes each year, and I am vigilant about getting the most up-to-date information. It is crucial that students understand their admissions chances, and I provide detailed, custom narratives as a well as access to data charts that convey this. I make clear recommendations regarding how students can create a balanced list of schools to apply to. It’s all about strategic admissions. As students begin to narrow down their college lists, I look closely at the criteria that each college views as important, and I discuss strategies to maximize their chances.