Gina Gerrato Greenhaus founded Greenhaus College Consulting in 2011, to assist students and their families through the maze of college admissions and create a winning strategy to successfully transition from high school to college. After visiting numerous colleges and meeting with admissions counselors, she has a well-defined interpretation of what matters most to colleges and how they make their decisions.
Gina takes tremendous pride in her role as a mentor, coach and college counselor for high school students. She enjoys over a decade’s worth of experience working with adolescent youth while advising as a professional counselor with community, school based programs and private practice. Her success comes from developing trust with students, partnering with their families, as well as mentoring and coaching. Gina is a trained counselor with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in working with families, children and adolescents. Her professional experience includes working in a variety of counseling settings with both middle and high school students. She has also completed an Educational Consulting Certificate Program through UC Irvine. Her passion for education and counseling has inspired her to develop a comprehensive college counseling model to help students get on track and discover their future goals. Gina is able to create a supportive environment for students to work through their college applications and essays, with less stress and more success.
In addition to working in private practice, Gina reads scholarship applications for the Hillsborough Education Foundation and Scholarship America. Additional experiences include working as an external undergraduate application reader for the University of California in San Diego, undergraduate division and working as an expert witness in the area of college transfer admissions for a local Law Firm in San Diego. She also spent two years mentoring and volunteering her time with first-generation students at YALLA San Diego, a nonprofit organization. Giving back to community has always been important to Gina and she is a great role model for her students. She currently mentors college students at San Diego State University as they transition from college to the work environment. Gina attends conferences and workshops each year to keep current with new information and specific programs that might interest her students.
She is a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors, Higher Education Consultants and Independent Educational Consultants Association. She is also a part of the Education and Training Committee for IECA and has been the co-chair of the San Diego Regional Group of Independent Counselors for the past four years. Her focus is to keep current with admissions trends and changes.
Gina’s mission for every student she works with is to guide and match them with their best-fit college to allow them to grow academically and personally develop their own uniqueness. Her success comes from her innate ability to establish an alliance with students and gain their trust, as well as from being flexible and focused on the needs of each student. Gina is originally from New York and moved to San Diego in 1991. She is married with one son and a golden retriever.
Teresa’s favorite part of the college process is learning about her student’s true passions so that she can quickly help them find their perfect fit colleges. She has an innate way of helping students identify their strengths and formulate their ideas into unique personal statements for both UC admissions and the Common Application. She currently works with our juniors and seniors on refining their applications and essays as well as advising them about college majors and career options. She has vast knowledge and extensive experience in writing and editing, and currently leads all of the virtual essay workshops assisting students to find their unique voice in their essays.
Teresa completed a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech. Her background as an academic advisor at the University of Maryland and an admissions counselor at Kennesaw State College in Georgia has thoroughly prepared her for working with high school students and guiding them towards their goals. Teresa stays current with the changing admissions landscape by attending college fairs, educational workshops, and national college admissions conferences, as well as the UC and Cal State admissions conferences. She is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the Higher Education Consultants Association.