For more than twenty years, Becky Claster has been working with college-bound students as a teacher, tutor, advisor and mentor.
After receiving a Bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley, Becky taught for The Princeton Review, helping students at all score levels prepare for the SAT, LSAT, GMAT and GRE. During this time, she also taught math, reading and social studies in public schools in New York City and on Long Island while earning a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Adelphi University.
Becky then relocated to Washington, DC where she worked in education and youth policy for the federal government. She served for more than a dozen years as a legislative aide for a senior Member of Congress and four at the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs the AmeriCorps national service program. During this time she continued to work directly with students and families in DC, Maryland and Virginia, providing SAT and graduate school test prep and guidance on the college admissions process.
Becky is deeply committed to service and volunteering and is proud of her work with several award-winning nonprofit organizations in Washington DC. She currently provides pro bono college counseling through several community-based organizations and co-founded “IECs Who Give Back,” a forum for independent educational consultants to share experiences and best practices for pro bono work.
Becky holds a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension. She is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and is a Member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC), and the Gap Year Association. In addition to being an IEC, she is the founding College Counselor at Blyth-Templeton Academy and serves as the school’s Service-Learning Coordinator. She lives on Capitol Hill with her husband and three children.