Today we’d like to introduce you to Peter Rockwell Wright.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Shortly after graduate school, I embarked on my first teaching position fully intending to spend my career teaching at the high school level. I loved interacting with students in my role as teacher, school counselor, and coach (basketball, lacrosse, and crew). Nevertheless, I was often frustrated with the limitations of my job. There were times, for instance, where I knew a student was in crisis, yet I could not stop my class to address their problem.
Similarly, as a school counselor, my time was very limited and it was not possible to offer a majority of students in my caseload the proper amount of time to look over application essays, discuss their likes and dislikes after school visits, etc. After the 2009-2010 school year, I left full-time teaching and, utilizing the skills I had accumulated over my career as an educator, I began offering placement support to clients who were looking to apply to independent schools and colleges. At the time, I was in the process of completing a graduate degree in mental health counseling, which provided me the opportunity as well to begin placing clients with learning differences and emotional/social needs as well as to provide counseling to individual clients and families. Any one of our dogs are often in my office during my conferences with clients (except for those who are allergic) and serve as therapy dogs for those suffering from anxiety, depression, etc. I encourage my clients to pursue healthy lifestyles, e.g., healthy diets, exercise, etc. I played basketball in high school and college. On a part-time basis, I have also taught spinning classes/worked as a fitness trainer.
Has it been a smooth road?
Some clients/families may have unrealistic expectations, particularly in regards to their college search process. While I encourage all of my clients looking to apply to schools or college to aim high, it is also my responsibility to provide them with ample information in order for them to make sound choices.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
In addition to traditional independent/private school and college placement support (which includes all of the facets involved in the application process) we also specialize in working with clients who have learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD, ASD (autism), and those clients who are in need of therapeutic programs, schools, and support programs while attending college. We provide academic-based Executive Function Coaching for K-12 and college students, and provide non-clinical counseling/Coach-Mentoring for clients and families. Many of our clients require standardized test preparation support and subject tutoring, and we have wonderful tutors or related companies who provide this support.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
The industry outlook for educational consultants who specialize in school and college placement is quite promising. According to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), in 2013, the average public school counselor has a caseload of over 470 students.
- Address: 181 River Street, Norwell, Massachusetts 02061
- Website: http://www.wrighteducationalconsulting.com
- Phone: (617) 872-2968
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: Peter R. Wright
- Twitter: @PRockwellWright
Photos courtesy of Peter Wright