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Jessie Peck Martin, MEd, is the founder of CompassU Educational Consulting, LLC, dba "Elevated Admissions". She launched her business in 2014 with 25 years of experience in classrooms, in educational publishing, and in youth advocacy. Jessie visits an average of twenty colleges and schools annually. She also meets with admissions officers and colleagues and attends national conventions to stay up-to-date on the ever-shifting landscape of admissions. Jessie was named a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) in 2019, and she is also an active member of the New Jersey Association of College Admissions Counselors (NJACAC), New Jersey Independent Educational Consultant Association Regional Group (NJIECA), and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC). Jessie earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing and a master’s degree in education from Lehigh University (go Brown and White!).
When she is not meeting with students, Jessie is busy raising four children. She and her husband have launched two college graduates (University of Chicago `18, Lehigh University `19) and they are currently busy cheering on their younger son and daughter on the slopes at boarding school (Stratton Mountain School `22 & `24). Jessie enjoys a yoga class here and there, cares for a sweet and needy Vizsla and a hyperactive German Shorthair Pointer, and she volunteers extensively around northwest New Jersey. When not coaching alpine ski racing or running his business, her husband, Dave, is an active participant in the chaos.
TEST PREP and TUTORING
Vic Choudhry is a certified, professional, and award-winning tutor in an array of subjects, including SAT, ACT, GRE, GED, Mathematics (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus 1), Physics, Chemistry, English, and general study skills. With over 15 years of experience, Vic has worked with hundreds of students, both one-on-one and in classroom settings. Vic has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics with a minor in mathematics from Rutgers University, and earned a master’s degree in physics from Illinois Institute of Technology.
He is an elite instructor, tutor and mentor who received the “Tutor of the Year” award in 2018 from the National Tutoring Association. Vic was also awarded “Best of Thumbtack” (thumbtack.com) in 2015 and 2016. Vic previously worked as a chemist and physicist.
ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT and LD/ND SPECIALIST
K. Melissa Miller, MEd, joins our Elevated Admissions team with 20 years of classroom and educational experience, informed by the unique perspective gained while parenting a child who struggles with dyslexia. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont and a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education from NYU, Melissa began her teaching career in 2000 at the School of the Future, a New York City Public School funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where technology was incorporated into the everyday classroom. Additional teaching endeavors have included teaching mathematics at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT and at New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, CT. Most recently, she taught middle school math and science at Stratton Mountain School in Stratton, VT. Currently, she tutors high school mathematics students. Melissa prides herself on applying her own experience working with kids with learning differences to her teaching and tutoring processes.
When she isn’t chasing Oscar, her Aussiemo (Australian Cattle Dog / American Eskimo Dog) puppy, she can be found running between events for her three children who attend independent schools in New England.
PRO BONO COORDINATOR and EDITOR
Natalie Martin joined Elevated Admissions officially in 2019 but has been chiming in with savvy essay advice since the beginning. One of her roles is to help our pro bono students manage the admissions process. Natalie graduated with Honors from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Health, Medicine and Society ('19). She enjoys working with students who have a passion for STEM and business aspirations. In her free time, Natalie likes to volunteer, travel, ski, and spend quality time with her Cavapoo puppy, Bella.
RESEARCH SPECIALIST and COLLEGE ATHLETIC RECRUITMENT
Kasey Higgins joined Elevated Admissions 2020 after graduating from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in psychology and minors in education and business. She is currently attending The College of New Jersey to earn her masters in school counseling. She was a student athlete at Gettysburg, so she provides valuable insight on college recruiting and can help students navigate that unique process. In Kasey’s free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her new pup, Mac.
“Jessie made the whole college application process stress-free for two of my children. She provided timelines, guidance, and support, making what can be an overwhelming undertaking, one that can be navigated with ease. I recommend Jessie 100% when it comes time to begin your college search.”