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Mr. Dean A. Jacoby

Wrong Dean A. Jacoby?

Director of College Guidance

Albuquerque Academy
6400 Wyoming Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
United States

 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • The Fenn School
Web References
the Spokesman Online
spokesman.pds.org, 1 Jan 2001 [cached]
Jacoby Hired to
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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.
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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.
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- Mr. Jacoby
Mr. 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.
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Ms. Kraus said, "We were really impressed with Dean.
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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 laughed.
"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 believes he 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 attended college.His 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 and Fenn.
To all of the junior class parents who seem worried about a new replacement for Ms. Kraus, Mr. Jacoby said he 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 stated.
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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.
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Courtesy of Dean Jacoby
Dean Jacoby is named new Director of College Guidance
2006 Appointments
www.wickenden.com, 1 July 2006 [cached]
Dean A. JacobyDirector of College GuidancePrinceton Day School
Zinch Board of Advisors | Zinch.com
www.zinch.com, 17 Feb 2009 [cached]
Dean Jacoby
Associate Director of College Counseling, Albuquerque Academy
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Dean Jacoby has spent his professional life at various rungs on the educational ladder either as an admissions officer at Bates College—the first college in the country to be completely test optional—to stints as a college counselor at five different high schools. During the summer, Dean has spent the past several years volunteering with College Horizons, a residential college preparatory program for Native American and Alaska/Pacific Island Natives. Educated at Bates College through the beneficence of his grandparents, Dean is fascinated by the issues and trends in selective college admissions and dedicated to the ideals of access and equity. Dean sees Zinch as an important player in broadening the discussion of how college admission offices can evaluate talent and future success in college.
American School of Madrid
www.amerschmad.org, 21 July 2001 [cached]
Dean Jacoby
US Counselor
Faculty
www.pds.org, 18 April 2001 [cached]
Dean Jacoby, Director of College Guidance
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