The Essay Adviser - Workshop Presenters
The Essay Adviser - The path to the perfect essay.
Workshop Presenters and Essay Coaches
Elly Swartz– Founder and president of The Essay Adviser, As a parent of two sons, one a junior at Middlebury College and the other a senior at Noble and Greenough school (heading to Middlebury College), Elly knows the challenges and joys of the college process. As a lawyer, children’s book author, and former Legal Research and Writing instructor at Boston University School of Law, writing is what she knows best. Elly has enjoyed helping numerous students find their voice and supporting their families through the hurdles of the application process. For her full bio, click on About the Essay Adviser at

Anna Kontos -- Throughout her close to twenty years of teaching, Anna has worked at a number of public and private schools where she has taught English, served as a department head, and authored several curricula. After receiving her M.Ed. at Harvard, Anna served as a literacy coach training and supporting administrators and teachers. In addition to her time in schools, Anna has worked individually with numerous students guiding them through the challenges of academic classes, preparing them for standardized tests, and assisting them with their college essays. During her years as the founding director of the Boston office of Academic Approach, a customized test preparation company, Anna not only helped students pursue their college goals but also supported their families through the often-tricky college admission process. Currently, she works as a learning specialist at a local independent school.
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