Amy Christie, M.A.Chair, College Planning Practice
As Chair of the College Planning Practice at McMillan Education, Amy’s leadership of the firm’s team of college counselors embodies her love of leveraging the college planning process to help students discover their own personal strengths, passions and interests. In addition to her leadership role, Amy continues to work directly with a small group of students and families in college and graduate program planning. A highly experienced educational counselor, she skillfully guides both our team of college counselors and the students with whom she works directly to use that process of emerging self-understanding as the foundation on which students identify the educational learning environment where they will thrive. In close coordination with McMillan Education’s leadership team, Amy is responsible for designing a robust professional development curriculum for our college counseling team as well as overseeing its daily operations and resources development. Amy brings her discernible warmth and signature active listening to her work with everyone — colleagues, students and families alike. In addition to her college and graduate program admission expertise, Amy enjoys helping young adults sort through options after college, and has guided them towards a variety of graduate school options, including business, law and medical school. She also finds working with transfer students extremely fulfilling.
While Amy brings over 15 years as a college counselor in independent schools to her work guiding McMillan Education families, her experience encompasses knowledge of the distinctive opportunities and complexities posed by a wide range of college- and graduate school-bound students, from the high achieving traditional student to the student with learning differences. Amy is also an expert in college counseling with international students being educated abroad who come from all over the world and are seeking university placement in both U.S. and international colleges. In addition to serving as director of the college counseling offices at Dexter Southfield School and Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall School in the Greater Boston area, Amy spent eight years as a college counselor and English teacher in London at TASIS, The American School in England. She also held the positions of English teacher, coach and dorm supervisor at Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana and English teacher at Stratford Academy in Macon, Georgia. Amy’s day and boarding school experience as a teacher and administrator informs her work in counseling students towards the educational fit that best fits their interests, strengths, passions and needs.
Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from Washington and Lee University and a master’s degree in English from Middlebury College. She enjoys drawing on her extensive training and background as a teacher of Literature and writing as she guides students through the process of crafting meaningful and powerful essays for college applications.
Amy and her husband, also an educator who teaches at an independent school, live in the Worcester area and are kept busy by their three young children. In addition to spending time with her family, Amy loves reading, crafts, yoga and spending time on the beach on Cape Cod in her spare time.