Amy Christie, M.A.Educational Counselor
Amy brings her discernible warmth and signature active listening to her work with students and families in school and college planning. A highly experienced college counselor, Amy genuinely loves leveraging the college planning process to help students discover their own personal strengths, passions and interests. She skillfully uses that emerging self-understanding as the foundation on which her students identify the college program and higher educational learning environment where they will thrive. As a longtime independent school educator, Amy also employs her deep knowledge of elementary, middle and secondary school education to guide families through the school search process. In addition to her traditional school and college planning expertise, Amy finds working with the school or college-aged student taking a less orthodox path, whether by choice or because something has occurred to derail or disrupt the natural sequence of that young person’s education, 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-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 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 and families looking for the school 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 in a Greater Boston independent school, live outside of Boston 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.