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Ellen Gaddie, Principal, College Consultant College consultant in Orange County - Ellen Gaddie

Ellen brings years of varied and relevant experience to her role as a college consultant. Following a successful career in public relations, she embraced her job of ‘raising her children’ and focused on education issues as soon as her eldest entered school. She spent time advocating for all children and was active in the PTA, holding several leadership positions at both the school and council level.

This volunteer work was the starting point of a passion that has carried her into her role as college consultant today. She loves working with teens, fostering them from apprehensive or anxious, to confident college-bound young adults. Her recent experience with her own children during the college process, gives Ellen a timely and unique ability to understand what parents and students are feeling and works to bring about a sense of calmness for her clients.

Ellen monitors admissions trends, regularly visits colleges and universities throughout the United States, and regularly attends professional conferences to ensure she has the most current and up-to-date information for her clients. A self-described organizational aficionado, Ellen keeps her students on track and provides personalized support to all clients throughout the entire college admissions process. Her previous experience as a journalist is an invaluable asset for her students, whether it’s editing down the too long essay, streamlining the academic resume, or asking just the right investigative questions to find an essay topic. She has practical insights to help parents along this sometimes-overwhelming journey too.

Ellen graduated with a BA in Journalism from San Jose State University. She is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Western Association for College Admissions Counseling, Higher Education Consultants Association and is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, and subscribes to the professional standards and ethics statements for each organization. Ellen earned a certificate in college consulting from UC Irvine Extension in 2017 to augment her hands-on experience.

She is a proud mom of two college graduates from the University of Oregon and  Colorado State University. On any given football Saturday, you’ll find Ellen dressed in Thunder Green and Lightning Yellow (Go Ducks!) or Forest Green and Las Vegas Gold (Go Rams!) to cheer on her kid’s college football teams. But, she’s a quick change artist and dons her Blue, Gold and White to root on her Spartans.

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Simply College Prep is a member of The College Crew, a small-group collaborative of local south Orange County and San Diego County independent college consultants. Each member is dedicated to providing a superior level of student support throughout the college admission process. In monthly meetings we share information learned in our practices and beyond, and educate one another on the ever-changing issues in the college admissions world. We all subscribe to the standards of good practices in the national and regional professional organizations to which we each belong.