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 , Director of College Counseling, is in her tenth year in the College Counseling office. Prior to coming to Dana Hall, she was a Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Boston University where she managed the University’s on- and off-campus recruitment programs for prospective students. Jacquie began her professional career in college admissions at the University of New Hampshire and then moved on to her first stint at Boston University. After her children were born, she left admissions and was a full-time mom for several years. During this time, Jacquie earned a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in School Counseling from Lesley University. Jacquie has been a chair and faculty member of the New England Association for College Admission Counselors' (NEACAC) Summer Institute and a delegate to the Governing Assembly of the National Association for College Admission Counselors (NACAC). She is a graduate of Wellesley College and lives on Dana's campus.
 joined the College Counseling staff in 2010 as Associate Director. Cara completed her Master's in School Counseling at Boston College. She worked in both undergraduate and graduate admissions at BC, and interned in the Weston High School Guidance Office where she worked with students throughout the college process. Cara attended Emory University for her undergraduate education, majoring in psychology and music. Before coming to the Boston area, Cara worked as an Assistant Dean of Admission at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. In addition to reading applications, participating in committee decisions, and recruiting at high schools across the country, Cara directed the overnight visit program. She was a member of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) and is currently a member of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC).
In January 2018, Liz Paushter will join the College Counseling Office as a part-time Assistant Director. We are thrilled to be able to add a third counselor to our staff. In her six years at Dana Hall, Liz has taught English, provided instructional support to teachers as the Upper School Education Technologist, and spearheaded Dana’s 1:1 iPad program. Prior to Dana Hall, she taught at the University of Vermont, Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, and in the New York City public school system. She has presented about teaching and learning at numerous conferences, including NCTE and NAIS, worked as a technology integration consultant with EdTech and other independent schools, and contributed to multiple publications as a freelance writer.  Liz graduated from Syracuse University and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Vermont.
 is in her 30th year in the College Counseling office at Dana Hall, handling all administrative duties. She is an integral member of the College Counseling team and is the chief administrative contact and support person for students and families in the college application process. Peggy also coordinates the fall schedule for over 150 domestic and international college and university representatives visiting Dana Hall to meet with prospective student applicants. She and her husband, Dan, reside in Holliston and have 4 sons and 13 grandchildren. 

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  • Caroline

    "Middle Eastern Studies has been my favorite Dana Hall class because both the teacher and the discussions always kept me engaged and excited to learn more."
    -Caroline '18