Bonnie Stewart is a Smart College Selection Consultant
After having been an educator for 25 years, I joined Smart College Selection to build on my experiences connecting with students and parents, inspiring my students, and challenging them to discover their voices so they can clearly articulate who they are and confidently express what they think through the college application process.
There’s something about the energy and opportunity buzzing on college campuses that has long drawn me to visit campuses (more than 75 so far!) and informally support young people and their parents as they discover the possibilities of the college search process. After being trained as an Alumni Recruiter and Interviewer for Vanderbilt University and completing UCLA’s Certificate in College Counseling, I realized that I wanted to work full-time with families to demystify the college selection process and help teenagers find a college where they will be challenged enough to grow but comfortable enough to be happy.
I received my undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and my Ed. M. in Language and Literacy from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. I am a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the Indiana Association of College Admission Counseling (IACAC). I completed a yearlong internship in the College Counseling office at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School and also worked as a college counselor for Matchlighters Scholarship Program. Until I joined Smart College Selection, I taught Humanities at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis.
When I’m not teaching or advising students, I can often be found mentoring the young people I know and with whom I’ve had the privilege to work, advising and supporting them through challenges, assisting them with their writing, and helping them showcase their best selves. It’s work I love to do.
I live in the Meridian-Kessler area of Indianapolis and spend my downtime reading, training for marathons, and traveling with my husband, often to visit and enjoy our three college-aged sons. Yes, I have been through the college selection process with my three boys which definitely brings perspective, empathy, and humor to my work with teenagers and their parents.