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Shannon Brady  |  Sharon Yacoubian

Shannon Brady

Director of Academic & College Counseling

Academic and college counseling have always been a part of Shannon’s life. Shannon has a strong passion helping students find the best colleges for their personal preferences, abilities and potential. With her strong college admissions knowledge and ability to connect with families, she is adept at easing anxiety throughout the admissions process.

Originally from the East Coast, Shannon grew up in Bridgewater, New Jersey. After being recruited to play Division 1 & Division 3 lacrosse at several colleges along the Eastern seaboard, Shannon selected Loyola University in Maryland. It was there she completed her undergraduate studies and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Afterwards, she moved to New York City and began her Master's of Education in School Counseling and a professional career at Fordham University. While working for the University's Office of Career Planning, her role as a Career Counselor enabled her to conduct resume-writing seminars, coordination of the internship program, and counsel students as they prepared for the workplace.

Her unique experiences led her to a highly sought after position as the College and Career Counselor at a top rated regional high school in central New Jersey. With a student body of over 3,000 Shannon created a College and Career Center that provided students and parents with the specific resources necessary in post secondary planning and the college admissions process. As the College and Career Counselor, she developed and facilitated multiple college search workshops and college athlete seminars. Shannon became an important figure in the school's community, serving as the Counseling Departments' liaison, providing the grade-level counselors, students, and parents with advice, resources, and support.

In addition to experience in the school setting, Shannon worked for a small college consulting company in Orange County & San Diego County. She worked closely with families counseling them on the appropriate steps to success in the admission process and higher education. Additionally, she was the regional admission representative for a small, private, liberal arts university on the East Coast.

Shannon’s dedication to professional development has led her to visit hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the country, where she has built strong relationships with admission counselors. These relationships have provided Shannon with the opportunity to observe the admissions committees of several competitive liberal arts colleges.

In addition to regular college admission counseling, Shannon has worked with many student-athletes in the college recruiting process and is knowledgeable in NCAA and NAIA rules & regulations. One of her specialties is helping student-athletes navigate the process by giving direction and advice in the recruitment of various sports. With the use of technology, Shannon is also starting to counsel families around the country in the college planning process via Skype.

Shannon is currently an instructor for the UCLA Extension- College Counseling Certificate Program. She teaches Using the Internet for College & Career Counseling.

Shannon is an active member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling, Higher Education Consultant Association, and an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Shannon lives in Carlsbad, California with her husband, Brian and son, Liam & daughter, Shae.

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Sharon Yacoubian

Academic & College Counselor

Sharon Yacoubian has been a teacher of children, teenagers and adults for more than thirty years. She has jumped at the opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses, from her full time career as an educator (currently teaching middle school mathematics), to elective courses on college and career exploration. It was a single course, coupled with her experience working with students that brought her to the realization that she is passionate about assisting families and students with navigation of the college admissions process. There has been no greater thrill than to see students who have flourished as a result of time invested in finding the best college fit and achieving long term academic and career goals.

Sharon immediately dove in to the sea of higher education by completing her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA in 2015. She has had the honor of serving many of her former students as they have embarked on the journey to higher education. She has also successfully counseled three of her four children into different colleges. Her children have done everything from go through the transfer process, to studying abroad. She has a student athlete and an academic scholarship recipient.

Sharon is an active member of the UCLA Alumni Association, and travels to various college fairs as a volunteer recruiter. She also reads applications and interviews students for UCLA alumni scholarships.

A UCLA Bruin for life, Sharon graduated from UCLA with a BS in Biology; later earning her Lifetime teaching credential. College Counseling is the natural next step for this skilled educator.

Sharon lives in South Orange County with her husband of 27 years, and enjoys training for triathlon. She is a member of NACAC and WACAC.

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Amy Whelan

Academic & College Counselor

Amy’s professional career began in Environmental Insurance. After working in insurance for almost three years, she wanted a career in a field where she felt she could help people and have an impact on their lives. An opportunity presented itself to pursue a new profession in college admissions. This chapter began over 17 years ago, first working for Moravian College and then Lafayette College, both small, private liberal arts colleges in Eastern Pennsylvania.

At both institutions, Amy was engaged with many aspects of the college admissions process. She was responsible for interviewing high school seniors, giving her the opportunity to get to know the students and their intellectual curiosities. Overall, reviewing college applications gave Amy the understanding on how a college looks to create their undergraduate class through the student’s academic, extracurricular, and personal statement.

After moving to North Carolina in 2008, Amy began working for Duke University as a first reader for undergraduate admissions. She then made the cross country move to sunny San Diego in 2014 and continued to work for Duke admissions until the Spring of 2017.

Working for three higher education institutions, with vastly different admissions procedures and requirements, Amy found her passion. She found Brady College Counseling to be the ideal platform to become an academic and college counselor, assisting students and their families through the college admissions process from the other side of the desk.

Amy graduated from Bloomsburg University with a B.A. in Geography/Environmental Planning. She regularly volunteers at her daughter’s school, which includes time spent in the classroom helping students improve their reading skills. Amy also serves on the school yearbook committee and is on the executive board for the PTA. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Brian, and their daughter Emily. In her spare time, she loves exploring San Diego, hiking and photography.

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Sarah Hartman

Academic & College Counselor

Sarah Hartman has spent her entire career as an educator, teaching a variety of subjects at various educational levels— Social sciences at a private high school, U.S. History at Cal Poly English Language Institute, leadership and American culture summer programs to international students and teachers at Cal State Long Beach, and leadership at a university in Taiwan. Currently, Sarah teaches junior and senior level high school English and community college U.S. History courses.

At the high school level, Sarah saw the need for well-timed and impartial college guidance as students and parents navigated their way through the complicated maze of college selection, application, and financial aid process and found herself wanting to support these students and families. “I wanted to work with students as they move toward college, giving them encouragement to recognize that they have the intelligence and fortitude to move onto higher education beyond high school.”  

She completed her College Admissions Counseling Certificate at UCR, in addition to the BA and MA in American Studies from Cal State Fullerton and dual credentials in English and Social Sciences she currently holds.

Sarah’s broad background and experience gives her keen insights, which she uses to passionately counsel students through the complicated college process, successfully helping them chart their course for college and career, and ultimately reach their goals with confidence.

Sarah lives in Temecula with her husband John and enjoys hiking and traveling to The Ohio State University to visit their son Jordan.

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