Brooke Fernandez - Marks Education Counselor

Brooke Fernandez has been a Marks Education counselor since 2006. Prior to her time at Marks, Brooke served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Brooke has had a long and seasoned career as an independent educational counselor; she brings a depth of knowledge about the ever-changing college landscape, which allows her to support clients with varied academic and extracurricular interests throughout their high school careers as well as through their individual application processes.

Over the years, Brooke has worked with a wide variety of students pursuing both the humanities and STEM fields, including athletic recruits and students with learning challenges, among many others. From helping students navigate the Common Application to finalizing essays for college admission, Brooke brings a warm, personalized approach to her work with each student and family. She values education and the importance of finding the best fit for each student, and if her 15 years as an independent academic consultant has taught her anything, it’s that every student’s situation is unique and requires a personalized touch.

Brooke is also a member of the Advisory Council for Collegiate Directions, Inc., our sister non-profit committed to closing the education, achievement, and opportunity gap for low-income, primarily first-generation-to-college students. Brooke is still in touch with CDI scholars from its founding years who are now successful in their careers, a testimony to how the program benefits students through college and beyond. She co-chaired Collegiate Directions’ Annual Benefit in 2017 and 2018.

Brooke is a proud mother of three. She loves traveling, running, and animals, especially dogs, and looks forward to spending time with family and friends on the weekends.

Brooke is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC). She is available to work with students virtually and in-person at the Bethesda, MD, Washington, DC, and McLean, VA offices of Marks Education.

Education:

  • Montgomery County Public Schools: Westbrook Elementary
  • National Cathedral School
  • Trinity College, BA in Political Science
  • The Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions

 

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Brooke was beyond helpful in making sure each application was pristine. From almost daily conversations, she was always available and supported me in eliminating anxiety when approaching a deadline or decision. I was beyond thankful for all of Brooke’s help with emails, essays, and interview preparation. Her technique and skills were incredibly helpful, and I never once doubted her advice. She never left my side and was so much more than just a college counselor. I will always thank Brooke for helping me get to where I am today.

— MEMBER OF WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY’S CLASS OF 2023

Brooke has been the best counselor I could have imagined. She helped me with every single essay, setting my draft deadlines and working consistently throughout the summer and fall of my senior year. She helped me order my ideas and put them in meaningful stories that became a very realistic and enhancing picture of myself. Brooke was extremely patient and would review all of my changes to the texts. She made great relevant suggestions but still helped me keep the essay how I wanted it. Her knowledge of the college admission process helped me have the best applications strategy and timing. At the same time, Brooke was always respectful of my final college choices and showed me the advantages and disadvantages of every one of them. She was always available and answered all my questions. As a result, I was accepted to seven of the ten colleges I applied to, and I was offered merit scholarships to five of them, and I am happy to say I am going to the best college I could go to. I owe a lot of this to Brooke. I feel very fortunate to have had her as my college counselor.

— MEMBER OF BABSON COLLEGE’S CLASS OF 2025

My daughter worked closely with Brooke throughout the application process, and ultimately the decision-making process. Brooke brought both mature insight — helping her to see the “long view,” to understand what she hoped for in her college experience and what kind of community she would best flourish in — and an uncanny ability to see the process through the eyes of a high school junior, then senior, and all of the uncertainty, excitement, reluctance, distraction, and wide-ranging emotion that the college selection process seems to call up within students. And, their parents. She combined wise counsel with encouragement, thoughtful questioning and practical advice. For both the student and his or her parent, it can be difficult to balance the stress and uncertainty of the college selection process, while continuing to live the rest of life “normally” — Brooke’s first-hand experience on both sides of this process, her willingness to invest enough of herself to get to know (really know) a student’s strengths and character, and her honest and respectful feedback were invaluable . . . My daughter LOVED working with her!

— PARENT OF GRADUATE FROM HAVERFORD COLLEGE’S CLASS OF 2011