Marisa Gonzales Silverstein brings a wealth of experience to her educational consulting practice.  A former teacher, counselor, and after school program leader who has recently become an artist and jewelry designer, Marisa has enjoyed a varied career.  With a BA in Art History from Yale and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, Marisa appreciates traditional and non-traditional career paths and the need to find the right fit.  Marisa’s understanding of the admissions world began when she read applications as part of the Admissions Committee at Kellogg.  She began volunteering a few years ago with Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE), coaching teenagers on essay-writing and navigating the college process, and quickly realized that her passion is helping teenagers find the right college for them while reducing their stress.  She has completed the Summer Training Institute with the Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA), and she completed the IEC certificate program at the University of California-Irvine in September 2021.  

Marisa believes that teenagers should take ownership of the college process and do the work to understand who they are and what they are looking for in a college.  Done well, students will feel great pride in completing applications and essays for colleges that they see are an excellent match.  As an Associate  Member of the Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA) and a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), Marisa upholds only the highest ethical standards.  As a WOW Certified Essay Coach, Marisa guides teenagers in finding their voice and completing college essays and applications.  She will never write essays or personal statements for students.


After just a couple sessions with you, our son suddenly had a sense of direction and ownership for the process of selecting and applying to colleges.  It was an amazing transformation!  I was so relieved to find a counselor whose values we could trust and rely on to guide our son.  Your interest in getting to know our son and helping him consider what environments might be a better fit for him made all the difference. I don't think I would have trusted any other college counselor to critique our son's personal essays or help him define what he valued in his search for colleges. Our son was very grateful to have you helping him prioritize so many consuming tasks of college applications.  Before working with you, he felt overwhelmed and unmotivated.  I can't imagine how he would have found inspiration for all that work without your guidance!

MS, Parent of a senior

"Marisa had great rapport with my son. She brought up interesting options that we had not heard of and would not have considered. Her in-depth, soul searching questions allowed him to delve deeply into what he wants from his college experience and answer why he was considering each school. Thanks to this, he'll be happy at any of the schools on his list."

RP, parent of a senior

Marisa is extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and supportive in her approach to help guide parents and their kids through the college application process.  We found her insight into the emotional aspect an added layer of support, and we highly recommend her services.

RM, parent of a senior

"I cannot recommend Marisa of MGS Educational Consulting enough. She takes the panic and frenzy out of the college search and replaces it with sound, comforting advice and a roadmap to finding a just-right-fit college. Marisa has a wealth of knowledge but does not overwhelm parents as she lays things out clearly and succinctly. It feels like you have a partner in the college process."

ER, parent of a senior