Making Sure Aftercare is not an “Afterthought”

IECA National Conference in Boston May 4-7, 2016 One of the breakout sessions I attended at a recent conference was about transition from a therapeutic program to a step down program. This is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. Why? Prior to becoming a professional educational consultant, I worked in the area of Organizational Development … Read More

Summer and Gap Year Options

May and I like this particular firm for both summer and gap year options!  Have you thought about how to help your child learn as much in the summer as he/she does in the winter? Especially hands on, active learning? It’s February. The snow is falling. It’s time to plan ahead for the summer. Where There Be Dragons – Summer … Read More

Our First Trip to Oregon: Day 1 & 2

Day 1: For both of us, this is our first trip to Oregon!  We are loving the scenery. We have already been in a high desert and a Douglas Fir forest.  We were very excited to finally get to see Dragonfly Transitions for the first time! We have known Mona and Glenn for years and have felt that our young adults … Read More

Off to Montcalm School We Go

May and Louise traveled to Michigan on August 13th and 14th to tour Montcalm School.  This program is part of a long running nonprofit called Starr Commonwealth. They have run public programs and provided services to children and families for years.  The campus, in Albion, Michigan, is beautiful and the weather was great too for our tour!  We were amazed … Read More

Idaho & Montana: Day 5, 6 & 7

Day 5: This morning, Wednesday July 31st,  we had a beautiful drive from Sandpoint, Idaho to Eureka, Montana.  We went to see Chrysalis and were sorry that we missed Mary Alexine, one of the founders, who was visiting family.  We met Carrie Kaare, the Admissions Director, and also got to spend time with Kenny Pannell, the other founder.  The campus was as … Read More

Idaho & Montana Trip: Day 2, 3 & 4

  Day 2: On Sunday, June 28, we started the day touring a young adult program called Focus Point .  Ron and Heidi Mendenhall, previously at Monarch School for 11 years, started this young adult transition program last year in August. This was the same time that their son, Alexander came one month early!  They own a big beautiful house in Hayden, Idaho. Ranel Hanson … Read More

Travels with Louise to Idaho & Montana Day 1

Hello all! It’s Louise here and I’m traveling again. Unfortunately, due to a family issue, May Peach is not with me this week.  I am traveling with two other educational consultants, one from California and one from New York.  Yesterday we arrived in Spokane, Washington and traveled to the beautiful college town of Coeur d’ Alene.  We spent about two hours touring … Read More


We had to share this news release about TrekEpic. Enjoy reading about a wonderful program! TrekEpic revives tradition of youth self-discovery through adventure, made affordable through foundation support Educational Consultant Andrew Bryan integrates countryside treks with educational counseling, core gift process to guide young adults Believe it or not, the ancient practice of young people going on an adventure to … Read More

Auldern Academy and Carlbrook School

On Wednesday, November 28th, we traveled to Chapel Hill, NC and met Jane Samuel and Amanda Woolard for a wonderful dinner before spending the next day at Auldern Academy.  It had been a long time since we had been on this campus. However, we have stayed up to date with the changes at Auldern through our families and their children’s … Read More

October Utah Trip: Day Three and Four Continued & Day Five

Click here for our first post of these two days! On Wednesday and Thursday, May and Louise attended an Aspen Professional Development Workshop (PDW) hosted by Aspen Education Group, a division of CRC Health. LINK.  After a warm welcome from Andy Erkard, Aspen’s Senior Management team  presented their commitment to a client-centered approach. They are conducting  a long term research … Read More