Charlotte M. Klaar, PhD, is the founder and director of Klaar College Consulting, based in Brunswick, Maryland. Klaar College Consulting serves clients in the Frederick, Greater Washington DC and Northern Virginia areas through office locations in Brunswick, Rockville and Northern Virginia, and in central Massachusetts through an office in Westborough MA. Through Skype, Charlotte works with students and parents nationwide.
A Career Choice Inspired by Real Life Experience
While searching for colleges with her own daughters, Charlotte became acutely aware of the struggles and stress young people and their parents go through during the college selection and admissions process. She realized that many families needed professional, knowledgeable guidance. Her previous business background as a manager with a blue-chip Fortune 500 company, her experience as a school teacher, and her real-life experience inspired her to enter the field of educational consulting.
In 1995, Charlotte founded College Consulting Services, based in MetroWest Massachusetts. She successfully built her business over the next 15 years, educating the members of her community on the need for and the benefit of using an independent educational consultant in their search for the right college fit for their children. She eventually sold that business, relocated to Maryland, and launched Klaar College Consulting in 2010.
Charlotte is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) with 16 years of experience in her field. Klaar College Consulting serves two client bases: 1) college-bound students and their parents and 2) other educational consultants, in particular, those who are new to the field.
A Life-long Learner Committed to Helping Other Students Succeed
Charlotte holds a BA in liberal studies from the University of the State of New York, a teaching certificate from William Patterson University, an MS in interdisciplinary science studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in general psychology from Capella University. Her graduate work was focused in the area of family psychology, and she is well-versed in the issues facing teens and their parents.
Charlotte consistently strives to keep her professional knowledge up-to-date by visiting colleges nationwide, attending conferences, and keeping up on changes in her profession.
Charlotte is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC). She previously served the IECA as a Board Member and as chair of the Board Development Committee. Charlotte has also served as an instructor in IECA's Summer Training Institute (formerly Practices and Principles Training Institute) for most of the past 13 years and has twice served as Chair of the Institute. Currently, she teaches for both the College Counseling program at UCLA Extension and the Certificate in Independent Educational Consulting at UC-Irvine. She has also taught at Assumption College in its Masters in School Counseling program.
Charlotte has been trained to administer and interpret the Holland Self-Directed Search (SDS), the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII).
We are proud to welcome two new associates to Klaar College Consulting:
Natalie Gipson's interest in the college search process began with her daughter's college search, and she soon became known for her knowledge of the admissions process. She decided to pursue this career path in hopes of helping other students and families through the arduous admissions process, and to help students find colleges that will be the best fit socially, academically and financially.
Natalie earned her BS degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from George Mason University. She spent more than 10 years working in the pharmaceutical industry as a managed care contractor, business unit leader and pharmaceutical specialist.
Dianne Keilholtz is the first in her family to attend college, and passionately believes that affordable and high-quality education should be accessible to everyone.
Dianne has more than 28 years of experience in public education as both a teacher and guidance counselor. She is a National Certified Counselor and is a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors, NACAC and IECA.
She earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Hood College, and her MS in Guidance and Counseling from Western Maryland College.
Charlotte Klaar, PhD, Certified Educational Planner with more than 16 years of experience
PHONE 301-834-6888 / FAX 301-302-0887 / EMAIL Charlotte@cklaar.com