Wondering what would make you choose Vita Cohen as your educational consultant?

About Vita Cohen, Certified Educational Planner

"What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" –Mary Oliver

Poet Mary Oliver’s question informs every moment of my work as a college consultant, academic coach, and award-winning educator. For over 25 years, I taught Writing, English, History, and Humanities (honors and AP levels) in private and public high schools in Chicago, Seattle, and Tampa. In 2006, I transitioned out of the classroom and into coaching and tutoring, specifically working with students on writing skills and the pursuit of their college dream.

Guiding students as they navigate their academic journeys is my passion. As a highly trained educational consultant with an Ivy League education, I have a proven record of success in helping students discover their own strengths and interests. I take great pride in cheering young adults on as they head out to begin their own wild and precious lives.

Professional Training and Memberships

As an Independent Educational Consultant, I have completed all the professional training available (the profession does not have licensure requirements), including the prestigious Summer Training Institute of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. I also am a member of all related professional organizations.

  • Certified Educational Planner, American Institute of Certified Educational Planners, 2015
  • Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), Summer Training Institute, 2008
  • Certificate, Independent Educational Consulting, University of California-Irvine, 2012
  • Professional Member, Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
  • Member, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • Member, Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA)
  • Member, National College Advocacy Group (NCAG)
  • Member, Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC)
  • Member, Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC)
  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Educator Member, International Dyslexia Association (MN-IDA)
  • MAT, Teaching and English, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • MA, History, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY (attended freshman and sophomore college years)
  • Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

My husband Jerry and I have one wonderful daughter, Hannah, is a Montessori educator.

"Vita is tireless in her support of her clients, intuitive and validating in her ability to help students find his/her true self, and put their “best” selves forward as they move through the college search process. We are pleased to enthusiastically recommend Vita Cohen as a college consultant."
-Phyllis T. and Clarke P.

Vita Cohen, College Consultant

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
–William Butler Yeats