Tedeschi Educational Consulting
I launched Tedeschi Educational Consulting to continue the work of Georgia K. Irvin & Associates when Georgia retired. For more than a decade, I worked side by side with Ms. Irvin and was mentored about the admission process, and visited many day schools, boarding schools and therapeutic programs. I worked with more than 1500 students on school placements. I emerged as a leader in the Educational Consulting community, and have lectured to parents and professionals in the field of education. I also tutored many students. Georgia K. Irvin and Associates was one of the country’s leading educational consulting firms for more than 26 years. On transitioning her business to me, Georgia had this to say:
“Pamela is uniquely well qualified for this role. She and I have worked side by side for eleven years and I know that we have the same values, commitment to excellence, and goals”
I received my B.A. in Elementary Education from Emory University and my M.S.Ed. from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton (now Binghamton University) in Special Education with a course concentration in learning disabilities and behavior disorders. Post graduate work includes classes at University of Georgia and Georgia State University in School Administration and Gifted Education. I continually attend conferences to keep current with trends in the fields of education and psychology.
I am a Certified Educational Planner (CEP); to become a CEP a consultant must pass a rigorous process that includes holding a Master’s degree, visiting a large number of schools, participating in educational conferences, demonstrating consulting expertise and high ethical standards. A lengthy, comprehensive examination must be passed as well.
“The CEP designation is a mark of distinction demonstrating knowledge and commitment to the profession. It gives families the assurance they need that they are working with a qualified professional who is committed to maintaining the highest quality of service to students.” (www.aicep.org)
I have been a Professional Member of Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) since 2003 (www.iecaonline.com). IECA is recognized as the nation’s leading professional organization for those educational placement advisors working in private practice. IECA’s required qualifications include: a master’s degree, at least three years of admissions counseling experience, and experience working with many students before considering an applicant for membership. IECA also requires extensive campus visits.
Here is a list of schools Ms. Tedeschi has personally visited.
In 2009 I was appointed Chairperson of IECA’s Learning Disabilities Committee. This was a unique opportunity to educate other consultants, develop school tours, increase the committee’s visibility in IECA and enhance IECA’s relationship with other organizations. IECA was so impressed with my accomplishments that I was asked to chair the committee a second year breaking a precedent which limited the chairperson to serving a single year. I served as Vice Chairperson of IECA’s Therapeutic Committee in 2014-15 and was Chairperson of the Therapeutic Committee for 2015-16. In May 2017 I was elected to the IECA Board of Directors for a three year term.
Other professional memberships include SSATB - Secondary School Admission Test Board (www.ssat.org), NATSAP National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (www.natsap.org), TABS - The Association of Boarding Schools (www.boardingschools.com) and Learning Disabilities of America (www.LDAAmerica.org) and The Collaborative Resource Network (www.collaborativeresourcenetwork.com).
In addition to my role as President of Tedeschi Educational Consulting, I served on the Board of the Oakland School in Keswick, Virginia from 2010-2016..
Past Professional Experience
I began my career teaching students in grades k-12 in large public schools systems (Montgomery County, Maryland and Fulton County, Georgia). I also developed a resource room and assessed and taught students in grades 7-12 in a small rural school system (Candor, New York) where I was promoted to Department Head during my second year. My last teaching job was at the McLean School of Maryland, an independent day school whose mission is to make learning accessible to a broad range of learners.
My experience with pre-school age students includes a position as the Director of one of the Creative Carousel Pre-Schools in Montgomery County, Maryland. The founder of Hands on Science (a science enrichment program) hired me to teach in the after school elementary program and to mentor new teachers. I interned at the Georgia Department of Education and have been a featured guest speaker on radio talk shows about learning differences.