Joan Franklin has had a long career in a variety of educational, healthcare and mental health fields relevant to the process of counseling students about college. Joan has a master’s degree from Yale University and is a pediatric nurse practitioner. She is also a certified school counselor. She completed a yearlong internship at Newport High School as a guidance counselor and was working in the Issaquah School District as a school counselor. She has developed special expertise in working with students with ADHD and learning differences, although her practice encompasses the full range of students seeking less competitive to the most selective colleges. Joan’s experience includes teaching at the graduate level at the University of Washington and City University. She completed the Summer Institute Training for independent college counselors at Claremont College with the Independent Educational Consultants Association. She has spent summers touring colleges throughout the Northwest with the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling as well as visiting colleges in California, Texas and the East coast (see Colleges Visited page). She is currently a member of HECA and Seattle Area College Consultants. She writes The College Counselor column in the Mercer Island Reporter. Joan has three daughters. Her oldest is a graduate of Yale College and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Her middle daughter is a graduate of Washington State University. Her youngest daughter attends Dartmouth College . Her husband is a pediatrician.