Meet Dr. Hagerman
Dr. Parnell Hagerman, founder of Consult Schools, is passionate about helping young people achieve their academic dreams and has devoted her life to advising and counseling students. After receiving a doctorate in Psychology and Education from the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Hagerman went on to serve as Associate Director of Admissions at Deerfield Academy for 12 years and as Dean of Admissions at The Hotchkiss School for another 12 years.
Most recently, Dr. Hagerman lent her expertise to the Oldfields School where she served as Head of School; following 5 years spent as Associate Head of School. At the Oldfields School, the oldest women’s boarding school in Maryland, Dr. Hagerman oversaw the school’s day to day operation in addition to the well-being of all her students. Over the course of her career, Dr. Hagerman has provided advice and guidance to hundreds of students as they prepare for the future. Because admissions is so critical to the overall health of any school, Dr. Hagerman can provide day and boarding schools with more tools for a desired outcome.
Dr. Hagerman has also spent time working with a consulting firm that focused on assisting students of Asian descent; providing students with resources and placement into colleges and independent schools in the United States. Prior, Dr. Hagerman was involved with the admissions process at Harvard Business School as well as serving as Vice President – Academic Affairs of ConnectEdu, Inc., a Boston-based company providing online educational solutions as a “go to college” platform.
For Dr. Hagerman, independent education is a family business. In addition to teaching, coaching, and administrative work, Dr. Hagerman also raised four daughters who attended Hotchkiss (2), Deerfield, and Brooks, and went onto Dartmouth, Harvard, Middlebury, and Virginia; where they competed at the ECAC, NCAA, and Olympic levels. Dr. Hagerman’s daughters have since joined her in the field of independent education and work in boarding school admissions and college placement.
Meet Lee Young
Lee brings 33 years of independent school experience working with prospective students and families as Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Phillips Exeter Academy. She has interviewed thousands of applicants and evaluated even more applications, and knows firsthand how important it is to present a strong candidacy as well as to find the right school for each individual.
During Lee’s lengthy career in the admissions office at Exeter, she oversaw many special interest groups such as music, dance, arts, drama, and most notably athletics. Lee was Exeter’s first athletic liaison and worked closely with applicants and coaches of all sports. She served on the Athletic Policy Committee and was also a member of the Financial Aid Committee.
During her career at Exeter, Lee was head of both a girls’ and a boys’ dorm, an advisor to hundreds of boarding and day students, and she coached girls’ varsity ice hockey and boys’ club lacrosse. She won the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Championship in 2000 and was named Coach of the Year.
Lee graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy before attending Hamilton College where she earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology. She played twelve seasons of competitive sports, and was a three-sport captain of the varsity field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse teams in her senior year.
Lee understands the importance of both timing and fit for secondary schools as she has experienced it with her own children. Both her daughter and son attended public high school before transferring to different independent schools for individual reasons. Lee believes that the high school years are the most formative years in one’s education, and she knows the school choices her own children made were pivotal in preparing them for college.
What excites Lee about consulting is the opportunity to share her knowledge of schools and the intricacies of the application process. She enjoys making connections with families by not only getting to know the applicant, but also by managing parental expectations. She is thrilled about the opportunity to help students by using her established professional network and hopes to lead all families to desirable results.