Elise L.


Elise grew up in a school run by her parents on a small farm in northern Vermont. With that background, it was inevitable that she would go into education herself one day. Elise went to Williams College, majoring in Political Philosophy, graduating Cum Laude. After taking a few years to substitute teach, coach track, and travel the world, she arrived at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She graduated with an M.Ed. in Administration and Social Policy in 2001.

Elise has spent the past twenty years working in top-tier independent schools in the South and New England; most recently, she was the Head of Upper School at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island. She spent thirteen years as a Director and Associate Director of College Counseling, including five years working in the College Counseling Office at St. Mark’s School (MA). In addition to her administrative work, which included three years as a Dean of Students, Elise has maintained a presence in the classroom. She has taught English, math, and philosophy with courses ranging from American Literature, to Geometry, to Ethics. Elise genuinely loves working with students to help them to discover their purpose and articulate their passions. She is particularly passionate about working with students and families on the college admissions and secondary school admissions processes, as those speak to her vast experiences in independent schools. Her background as an English teacher allows her to provide specific and targeted support for all of the essay writing that accompanies applications.

In her spare time, you can find Elise baking, doing yoga, and spending time with her family and dogs.


Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, MEd Administration, Planning, and Social Policy
  • Head of Upper School, Moses Brown School (2019-2020)
  • Associate Director of College Counseling, St. Mark's School (2014-2019)
  • Faculty, St. Mark's School (2014-2019)
  • Dean of Students, Carolina Friends School (2011-2014)
  • College Counselor, Carolina Friends School (2006-2014)
  • Upper School Teacher and Advisor, Carolina Friends School (2001-2014)
  • Williams College, BA Political Science
  • English & Literature
  • Expository Writing & the Essay
  • Homework Help & Study Skills
  • Mathematics
  • College Admissions Coaching
  • High School Admissions Coaching