...Dean Jacoby, Guidance Counselor at The American School of Madrid (ASM) in Spain, was recently named Director of College Guidance by Princeton Day School.Mr. Jacoby will replace Kathy Kraus, who is leaving PDS to take a position at another school in Germany.
...Mr. Jacoby now oversees the college selection process at ASM for students interested in attending international schools; most of these schools in the United States.
...- Mr. JacobyMr. Jacoby
also helps run a variety of programs such as the AP
program and the Student Council
.He chairs the Optimal Match student services team, supervises SAT, PSAT, IOWA, and ACT testing, and meets with students to talk about both academic and personal problems.
"I also play left half for the Real Madrid soccer team," joked Mr. Jacoby
, whose favorite soccer team is the British Leeds United Football Club
."Okay, I'm dreaming on that one."Prior to Mr. Jacoby's two years at ASM, he worked in the admissions office of his alma mater, Bates College in Maine, for five years.During that time, he was promoted to Assistant Dean of Admissions and Coordinator for International Admissions at Bates.Mr. Jacoby then moved to Waterloo, Belgium where he accepted a position as Acting Director of Guidance at Saint John's International School.Besides working in secondary education, Mr. Jacoby has done many other unusual things, including working as an archaeologist in Oregon, coaching wrestling on a Navajo reservation in Arizona, and teaching English in Mexico.He also spent several months working as an apprentice to a cabinetmaker in Maine.Mr. Jacoby
heard about the job available at PDS
through a company that specializes in finding jobs for teachers in independent schools around the nation.He
met Ms. Kraus and Carlton Tucker, Head of the Upper School, at a job recruitment fair in Boston in February.
"Thankfully, Ms. Kraus and Mr. Tucker somehow realized that my incoherent mumbling might have been caused by jet lag, and gave me another chance to come and visit the school and try again," quipped Mr. Jacoby
Ms. Kraus said, "We were really impressed with Dean
...Mr. Jacoby decided to leave ASM before making his decision to come to PDS.He
felt after an "incredible three years in Europe," it was time to come home to the States."I chose PDS
because the food in the cafeteria was better than at other schools and my clothes already matched the school colors," Mr. Jacoby
"No, that's only most of the reason.The other reason had a lot to do with Princeton and this part of New Jersey feeling a bit like home.The strong teaching staff I met, and, no lie, the really impressive thinking skills the students showed in class were also a main reason."Mr. Jacoby
will contribute to PDS
by bringing positive things such as a broad perspective, admissions experience, and love of education and students.
"I have read thousands of applications and essays and interviewed thousands of students from all over the world, and have worked with families of over 50 nationalities," described Mr. Jacoby
."I know how to work well with all sorts of people, to see issues as part of a very large world filled with opportunity, and to keep my eye on the big picture."Mr. Jacoby
believes that the single most important quality a college guidance counselor should possess, "A sense of humor.Most students lose theirs when they walk into the college office."Mr. Jacoby grew up in Concord, Massachusetts where he attended The Fenn School from sixth to ninth grade and then attended Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school in Connecticut.
Coming from a family of teachers, Mr. Jacoby's
brother is a professor of US History at Brown University
in Providence, Rhode Island, where he
father worked at his
alma mater, MIT
, in the computing and financial office for many years.His
mother taught at Rosemary Hall before it merged with Choate, then later became a trustee at Bryn Mawr College, Choate Rosemary Hall
To all of the junior class parents who seem worried about a new replacement for Ms. Kraus, Mr. Jacoby
understands the concern, but the college counselor isn't the person who gets students into schools.
"They [college guidance counselors] can shape the picture and sometimes make really important suggestions, but it has more to do with what the student has done for four years academically and in other aspects of life," he
Junior Thomas Bohnett, who met with Mr. Jacoby
on his visit to PDS
in April, commented, "I only spoke with him for twenty minutes, but his receptivity to students' voices was evident.
...Courtesy of Dean JacobyDean Jacoby is named new Director of College Guidance