Ann Marie Strauss Appointed Director of College Counseling
Head of School Sue Sadler announced the appointment of Ann Marie Strauss to the position of Director of College Counseling beginning July 1, 2020.
"In a field of incredibly talented candidates from around the country, Ann Marie was a clear fit for Bryn Mawr with her experience in leading a strong and comprehensive college counseling curriculum and establishing forward-thinking programs for a diverse community of students and parents," said Ms. Sadler. "With a background in professional counseling, Ann Marie has a deep commitment to wellbeing, particularly in girls, and is adept at guiding each student through the college search process in a way that honors her distinctive needs, desires and dreams."
Ann Marie has worked in college counseling in public and independent school settings since 2000. She is
currently the Director of College Counseling at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland. She was previously a school counselor in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and served as the Co-Director of College Counseling and Senior Grade Dean at Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, Maryland. At Garrison Forest, Ann Marie has strengthened and expanded the college counseling curriculum for Upper School students and designed significant new programs and events that are developmentally appropriate, data-driven and culturally competent. She is active on the national scene in the college counseling field as a frequent presenter for professional organizations such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC). She serves as the Executive Vice President for PCACAC and also chairs the Current Trends and Futures Issues committee. Ann Marie holds a B.A. in psychology from Allegheny College and M.Ed. from University of Virginia.
“I am excited to get to know Bryn Mawr's students and families,” Ms. Strauss shared. “I was impressed and inspired by the students, faculty and staff with whom I had the opportunity to meet during the search process. I am ready to embark on this journey with energy and enthusiasm and cannot wait to get started.”
Ms. Sadler expressed her thanks for Patti Whalen’s leadership of Bryn Mawr’s College Counseling team for the last two decades and her commitment to helping Bryn Mawr girls find their best fit schools. Ms. Whalen will retire at the end of this calendar year. Ms. Sadler also thanked Courtney Watkins for serving as Bryn Mawr's Interim Director of College Counseling this year, calling her a "positive and steady leader through this year of transition." Ms. Watkins will return to her College Counselor role in July.