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College Counseling Team

College Counseling

 

Karen Mason

Karen Mason_Germantown Academy_College Counseling

 

Title: Director of College Counseling

Degrees: M.A., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Wilkes University

Biography: Karen joined Germantown Academy in 2009 after serving as Director of College Guidance at Wyoming Seminary (a national co-ed boarding school in Kingston, PA) for 13 years. Karen also taught English and served as a member of the administrative team at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and wrote a monthly column for The Times Leader. She earned her BA in English from Wilkes, and her MA in English Literature from Penn State University. At GA, she hosts an advisory as a member of Alcott Day House. Karen is Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) and has presented at conferences held by NACAC, PACAC, and the Middle States Mid-Atlantic Region of the College Board.


 

Susan Merrill
 

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Titles: Associate Director of College Counseling, Head of Osbourn House

Degrees: B.A., Franklin & Marshall College
M.S., University of Pennsylvania

Biography: Susan joined Germantown Academy in 2011 after serving as Director of College Counseling at Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli, PA for seven years. Susan also taught Science and assisted with college counseling in the gifted program at Spring Ford High School in Royersford, PA. She earned her BA in Biology and Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and her M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. Susan serves as the Head of Osbourn House. She is a member of PACAC and NACAC.


 

Daniel Evans
 

Daniel St. Jean

 

Title: Associate Director of College Counseling

Degree: B.A., University of Richmond

Biography: Daniel joined the Germantown Academy College Counseling team in 2020 with 30 years of experience working in college admissions. He has extensive experience working on the East and West Coasts at small liberal arts colleges and a large research university. He has been a senior admissions officer at Elizabethtown College, Lafayette College, the University of Puget Sound (where he served as director), and the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as an admission officer and athletic liaison. He joined the William Penn Charter School in 2004 as the Director of College Counseling and served in that position and as a member of the senior management team for 16 years.

Dan has served as a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth College Colloquium and the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) Summer Institute. He also served as a member of the PACAC Executive Committee. He has been featured in books, newspapers and magazine articles discussing the college application process. He and his wife have three children; two of whom have successfully navigated the college search process and the youngest is a member of the GA Class of 2025.


 

Jonathan Na

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Titles: Assistant Director of College Counseling, Director of Testing

Biography: Jonathan Na joined the College Counseling team in the 2018-19 school year as the Assistant Director of College Counseling and the Director of Testing. Mr. Na brings an interesting perspective to college counseling with a background as a pastor and youth minister. He is well versed in counseling teens as they grapple with becoming their best selves.

An undergraduate major in music history at Dickinson College where he studied abroad in England for a year, Mr. Na spent the summer prior to joining GA attending intensive college counseling training for new counselors. Charismatic with an infectious enthusiasm for life, a sharp intellect, and well-honed writing talents, Mr. Na is eager to plunge into the GA community in this pivotal role. Mr. Na will also be on the coaching staff of volleyball and serve as an advisor


 

Daniel St. Jean

Daniel St. Jean_Germantown Academy

 

Titles: English Teacher, Academic Enrichment Teacher, College Counselor

Degrees B.A., Yale University

Biography:   Dan St. Jean has taught at GA since 2010 and joined the college counseling team in 2016. He earned a B.A. in English at Yale University and an M.A. in English at Middlebury College. Before coming to GA, he taught at The White Mountain School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, where he chaired the English department, led experiential field courses, and served as an advisor and dorm parent. In addition to teaching English 9 and upper-level literature courses, he also coaches Middle School cross country, coordinates the Project HOME tutoring program, and advises juniors and seniors in Osbourn house. He loves his work and is excited to mentor students as they transition from high school to college.


 

Anne Leonard

Anne Leonard_Germantown Academy

 

Titles: Assistant Director of College Counseling, Director of Testing

Degrees: B.A., Rosemont College
M.A., Arcadia Univeristy
M.L.S., Kutztown University

Biography: Anne joined the Office of College Counseling in 2021 after having served as the Assistant to the Head of the Middle School at Germantown Academy for four years. Anne previously worked in the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at Arcadia University for nine years and in college admissions at both Arcadia University and at Rosemont College for seven years. She earned her BA in English Literature from Rosemont College, her MA in English from Arcadia University and her MLS from Kutztown University.