Susan Smith attended the University of Wisconsin, has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Elmhurst College, two Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and extensive postgraduate training in family therapy from the Westchester Family Institute.
In addition to more than twenty-five years of high school and private guidance work, she has tutored learning disabled students at Iona College, been on the staff of The Therapy Center in Bedford Hills, NY and often a presenter at NACAC and local workshops. She co-chaired the 2012 national HECA Conference in Morristown, NJ in 2012. Susan has taught elementary school, owned and directed a day care center, researched and written for children’s television and produced an award-winning short film. For more than four years, she was a volunteer at the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry on the Martin Luther King Campus in New York City, setting up and reinforcing a college culture for inner-city students. She wrote a grant and received funding to bring computers, work stations and a smart board to her students for use in creating a guidance lab for college applications. She is currently volunteering at Yonkers High School through the Yonkers Partners in Education non-profit organization, encouraging seniors to apply to college, and mentoring four freshmen through the maize that is high school.
She is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), the New York Association for College Admissions Counseling (NYACAC), the New York State School Counselor Association, the American Counseling Association, Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the Higher Education Counseling Association (HECA). Susan holds permanent certifications in the State of New York. She has five children and three grandchildren, and waits impatiently for more. She also has two rescued yellow lab sisters, Fannie and May.