IEC PROFILE: Eileen Sullivan Studdert

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Meet Eileen Sullivan Studdert, owner of Performance Prep & College Admissions in western Connecticut. Eileen is a rigorous academic who helps students reach top test score potential and builds upon their test success to assist them in crafting unique and compelling college applications.

Eileen began her career in magazine publishing and capped 12 years in the profession as Promotion Director for Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Propelled by a New Horizons Scholarship from Fordham University, Eileen went back to school to earn her M.A. in English Education. She began teaching middle and high school English, before relocating with her family to Southbury, Connecticut. Juggling work and family, Eileen held part-time positions as a Literacy Instructor, Executive Functioning Coach, and SAT Tutor for Excel, a small boutique tutoring company. It was there that Eileen developed her passion for test prep and fascination with every component of the college admissions process.

In January 2014, after Excel relocated out of state, Eileen launched her own consulting firm. Initially focused on concierge test prep with successful outcomes, she became aware of the vital need for college consulting in her community. Eileen expanded her services and went back to school to earn her College Consulting Certification from UCI Irvine to grow her expertise.

Today, Performance Prep offers a full range of college consulting services, including college list building, personal, supplemental, and scholarship essay writing, and financial aid guidance. Performance Prep’s mission is twofold: to empower students to take charge of the college admissions process and alleviate parents’ stress.

Eileen is a proud member of the Independent Education Consultant Association (IECA) and National Test Prep Association (NTPA) and appreciates the collective wisdom of experts in these organizations who have helped her expand her knowledge, grow her business, and serve her community.

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