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Independent educational Consultants in Fairfield, CT
Joan Franklin, Psy.D.
Joan Franklin, Psy.D. has been working as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Fairfield, CT, largely with adolescents and their families, for over 25 years. Over the past two decades she has also worked in the public school system, from pre-school through high school as an educator as well as a school psychologist She has worked at several colleges including the City College of New York, Baruch College and Norwalk Community College. Her professional roles in academia have included individual and group counselor and teacher, as well as academic advisor and placement counselor, facilitator of Freshman Orientation seminar programs, and peer group counseling program supervisor.
Dr. Franklin received her B.A. in psychology from U.C.L.A and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University. She also holds Masters degrees in Mental Health Services from the New School for Social Research, and in Educational Technology from Fairfield University. She currently serves as Chair of the Town of Fairfield’s Board of Education Advisory Committee: Curriculum for Family Life, and has been a member of this community advisory committee for over a decade.
Dr. Franklin is passionate about higher education as evidenced by her pursuit of several advanced degrees and is delighted to share her wealth of experience and enthusiasm to help others achieve their dreams.
Vicki Boudin, Psy.D.
Vicki Boudin, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in Fairfield , CT for almost 30 years. She has worked with a wide range of clients in individual, couple and family therapy. For the past 25 years Dr. Boudin has also worked at The University School, an individualized high school program in Connecticut for regular and special education students. She has coordinated with staff from The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and The Boston Regional Job Corps. In her role as counselor, educator and transition specialist Dr. Boudin has helped students to assess their strengths and goals and successfully gain admission into college.
Dr. Boudin received her B.A. in psychology from The University of California at Berkeley, her Masters degree in psychology from The New School For Social Research in New York City, and an M.A. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University in New York.
Within her practice working with adolescents and their families, as well as in her role as high school consultant, Dr. Boudin has seen students obtain great academic opportunities. Among the skills she focuses on as a college planner are: helping students analyze the available information, evaluate their skills, clarify their goals, organize their time and utilize professionals to help edit their written work.
Arleen Block, Ph.D., NCSP
Special Education Consultant
Arleen Block, Ph.D., a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, has worked in a variety of educational settings with students with mild to severe disabilities, as well as talented and gifted students. She has worked as a teacher, behavioral consultant and school psychologist with children with special needs. She was a board member of the CT Association for the Gifted, planned a New England Regional Conference on Education for the Gifted and coordinated several local programs for high school students through the Johns Hopkins Talent Search. Dr. Block was a member of the Board of Directors of Inclusion Teaming, an organization dedicated to supporting secondary students with communication disorders.
Dr. Block earned a B.A. in Psychology and Education from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, a Master's degree in Human Development from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, and her doctorate in School Psychology from Fordham University. She regularly attends college disability and college planning conferences sponsored by such organizations as AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability), IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association), NEACAC (New England Association for College Admission Counseling) and NASP (National Association of School Psychologists). In addition, Dr. Block routinely participates in advanced workshops and seminars in child development and school psychology, with special attention to learning disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, executive functioning issues, and students with chronic illness.
Dr. Block meets with guidance counselors and college disability specialists to help find college programs that are tailored to the needs of students with special needs in order to maximize their potential. She is a strong proponent of focusing on students' strengths and finding great college matches that provide educational, social and creative opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom.
Alex Racheotes, M.A.
Alex received his B.A. as a double major in history and government from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. While at The University of Maryland at College Park he received his Masters degree in government and politics and is currently working on his dissertation for his Ph.D. in political science. Alex has a long history of tutoring students, from helping to tutor his peers in both middle and high school math and English to serving as a writing tutor for upper level classes at Wesleyan University. He worked as a teaching assistant at The Johns Hopkins Summer Youth Program, has done SAT prep with high school students from Fairfield County, and most recently spent the last three years as a graduate teaching assistant as well as filling in for professors and lecturing for numerous college courses at UMaryland. He plans to attain his doctorate with the goal of becoming a college professor of political science.
The range of subjects that Alex is capable of tutoring is very broad, even beyond his core specialties in the social sciences. They include English - from the fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary to comprehension, to more advanced writing skills such as formulating and defending persuasive arguments, as well as making sure one's writing is clear and accessible to the reader; Math - including Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and Statistics; Biology and Physics ; as well as a specific focus on SAT/GRE and college admissions testing. Of course, he is also more than happy to work within his primary field and tutor students in History, Political Science, Philosophy, Logic, and related disciplines.
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