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Meet the College Counseling Team

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Jonathan Ferrell

Jonathan Ferrell

Director of College Counseling

When I began my career in college admissions, “People actually pay you to do that?” was my mother’s response. “When I went to college you just picked one and showed up!”

Her point was fair. The landscape of college admissions is ever changing—and that’s where the Pace Academy Office of College Counseling comes in.

At Pace, we don’t measure our success in outcomes. We believe that when students are reflective, open and honest in the college-search process, the outcomes will follow. Our college counseling team requires that students dig deep and reflect on who they are and who they aspire to be as they determine their next school homes. We also provide students with tools to help them discern what they might be wired to do. Simply put, our office is always focused on the most important people in the process: our students.

While we know that many students and parents feel anxiety around the college admission and selection process, we choose instead to focus on the fun and excitement that come with discovery and, ultimately, finding the perfect fit.   

Pace Academy is an amazing community, and we are fortunate to serve such wonderful students and families. I hope that you’ll take a few minutes to get to know our team, and I hope that you’ll remember that we are always here to help. 

Lena Andrews

Lena Andrews

Associate Director of College Counseling
Amy Ruff

Amy Ruff

Associate Director of College Counseling
Melanie Pope

Melanie Pope

Administrative Assistant for College Counseling