Debbie was a school counselor for 17 years in New York and Florida. She has been an independent college admissions consultant for four years and more recently joined Firat Education in April 2020.  She has over 20 years of experience counseling teens and their families.  Debbie uses her vast counseling experience to help teens pull from their experiences to write powerful and personal college application essays.

Debbie has helped over 200 students through the college admissions process, yielding over 4,000 college acceptances, including 60 from international universities.  Debbie has also helped high school students receive over $1 million in financial aid for college.

Debbie has led various workshops at Long Island libraries, bookstores, and non-profits on The College Application Process and How to Write Your College Application Essays. She has also taught public speaking classes.  In addition, Debbie has directed two camp programs and has a case manager for children.

For the last eight years Debbie and her family have hosted international high school exchange students in their home.  She has helped guide these students through their college applications process and has worked with other international students as well.

Debbie is a native Long Islander who enjoys spending time with her children, volunteering and visiting some of Long Island’s beautiful beaches. She serves clients in neighborhoods on Long Island as well as remotely.

Have a few questions about the college admissions process? Pick Debbie’s Brain by clicking on the brain icon above.

Nassau Counselor’s Association and  Higher Education Consultants Association

Member and Board Member
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

Executive Board Member
Hofstra University’s Parent Council

New York State School Guidance Counselor Certification

BA, Counseling and Sociology
University of Albany – SUNY

MA, School Counseling
Long Island University

Debbie is a Senior College Admissions Consultant who will:

  • Fully assess your student to identify: Personality traits, career matches, academic strengths, learning skills and styles
  • Prepare an individually custom-tailored college preparation plan and academic curriculum to achieve your desired results
  • Provide personalized college counseling and advising services
  • Guide and help you with every step of the college application process, including college essay preparation, resume building, interviews, and campus visits.
To get started, please register for an Educational Assessment here.

The College and Career Assessment is a a three session assessment of personality, interests, skills and abilities in order to identify the most fitting careers, college majors and up to 30 colleges based on size, location, academics, and extracurriculars that are best fit for the student.

If your student is not satisfied with his or her college and major list, Debbie will work with your student to develop a new list that he or she feels confident about while also considering college compatibility.

To schedule a College and Career Assessment with Debbie, please email or call 516-441-7617.

If you are interested in our Testing Analysis service to identify content gaps and the right test for you (ACT or SAT), click here.

In alignment with your college and career goals, Debbie will identify your standardized test objectives, analyze your current test scores (official scores or Firat Education practice testing) to determine the best test for you, and create a strategy with you to hit your score objectives.

The Firat Education’s team of standardized test prep tutors can provide test prep for the ACT/SAT for college admissions.

To schedule practice testing with Firat Education, please call 516-441-7617 ext. 1 or fill out this form.