With a background in both counseling and college admissions, Susannah Files lends her reassuring ear to students and families confronting the challenges of applying to college. She began her school counseling career in 1999 at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC, and has experience evaluating applications for The George Washington University admissions office and as an independent college admissions counselor.
For students with learning differences, the college admissions process can feel challenging, and Susannah offers both expertise and support as they make decisions about standardized testing accommodations, applications, and finding the best fit in a school. She counsels students virtually as well as in-person at the Bethesda, MD, Washington, DC, and McLean, VA offices of Marks Education.
Susannah has a steady and empathetic approach to managing anxiety and stress related to the college admissions process, having worked with adults with mental illness, survivors of the events of September 11, 2001 and, recently, as a hospice volunteer. She was also a college coach for College Summit, a national nonprofit that offers college admissions counseling and support to high-achieving, low-income high school students.
As the parent of a high schooler, Susannah has firsthand knowledge of the environment that students and their families experience today. She is an adoptive parent and understands the unique considerations adoptive families, and other diverse families, might have when supporting their children through the college admissions process. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog Otis, and recharging while gardening.
- Montgomery County Public Schools: Bethesda Elementary, Pyle Middle School, Walt Whitman High School
- National Cathedral School
- Hamilton College, BA in Government
- The George Washington University, MA in School Counseling
- National Certified Counselor (NCC)
- Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions