Meet The Admit NY Team
Whitney Shashou, Founder & President
Whitney graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a B.A. in Urban Studies with a concentration in Urban Education. She received her Master's in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education and is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) as well as the Small Boarding School Association (SBSA). She also has past experience as a formal classroom teacher, curriculum developer, middle school program director and high school placement director at a non-profit in New York.
As the founder and president of Admit NY, Whitney uses her expertise to facilitate the school admissions process, helping each child identify and gain admission to his or her best-fit school. Whitney founded Admit NY to be a reliable resource for families, providing full-time professional support, streamlining the application process and alleviating the stress many parents and children experience as they navigate school admissions. Whitney offers her families deep insight into the school landscape and the admissions cycle itself, and with this competitive advantage, her students have had incredible success with acceptances to their top choice institutions.
Whitney started her career in education by working as a part-time public school teacher in West Philadelphia while also overseeing an academic program that provided small group and individualized reading and literacy instruction for low-performing elementary school students. In 2011, she developed and taught the curriculum for the 8th-grade writing course at Breakthrough New York, a college-access non-profit based in New York City. She subsequently taught English at an underserved high school in Cape Town, South Africa and volunteered as an elementary school teacher at an orphanage in Khayelitsha, considered one of the largest and fastest growing townships in South Africa. In 2012, Whitney joined Teach for America as a 4th grade classroom teacher and a 4th grade writing curriculum developer at Achievement First in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Following these experiences, Whitney returned to Breakthrough New York, where she first became the Middle School Program Director and then, the High School Placement Director. She managed program curriculum development, teacher training development and execution, student data analysis, student recruitment and admissions, seasonal staff recruitment and hiring, and high school placement. In this capacity, she was responsible for planning, leading and overseeing high school placement for 65 + students and she increased independent school acceptances by 54%, ensuring that 100% of 8th grade students matriculated to college-prep high schools across the country. Whitney served as the primary contact for over 100 independent day and boarding schools, deepening those relationships while learning the ins-and-outs of each school's community, academic program, and unique admissions policies.
Taryn Siegelberg, Education & Admissions Expert
Taryn grew up in New York City, where she attended elite public schools—The Lab School and LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from Tulane University and went on to receive an M.P.P from Georgetown University, concentrating on Maternal and Child Healthcare, and the effects of education on health outcomes.
Taryn spent 13 years at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College of New York. She was responsible for advancing the twofold mission of the school-- to expand access to medical careers among underrepresented minorities, and to encourage the pursuit of primary care specialties among graduates. She was also responsible for interviewing prospective students. After having two children of her own, Taryn became an active lead tour guide for the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. She also became an expert on the process of evaluating a schools methodology, academic rigor and ethos, after going thru the process with her own children.
Having realized her passion and vocation were in schools and admissions, Taryn joined the Avenues school as the Admissions Data Manager. She was responsible for processing over 1,200 applications and establishing relationships with feeder schools. She ensured each family had an enjoyable and positive experience as they navigated the stressful journey of identifying a school that is the right match for their child.
Taryn joins Admit NY with a keen eye and perspective of someone who has been through this process and survived! She believes families benefit from the small team approach we offer and the valuable knowledge we have accumulated over the past 15 years.
Erica Suskin, Education Adviser & Special Services Expert
A born and raised New Yorker, Erica brings her energy, compassion, and efficiency to the Admit NY team. She attended The Spence School in Manhattan, and graduated Cum Laude from Tulane University with a B.A. in Latin American studies. While in New Orleans, Erica spent time working in a 6th grade classroom of an all-boys private school, where she assisted in increasing the students’ writing and language comprehension skills.
After returning to NYC, Erica worked for a Manhattan Charter School, where she coordinated and facilitated all school testing and special education services. Erica later earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University, furthering her passion for helping people through the challenging and exciting moments in life.
She spent the last 6 years as the Head Program Supervisor at a YAI Day Program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, honing her expertise and perspective to be truly "strengths-based." There, Erica was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program, supporting 85 people with different abilities, and 25 Direct Support Professional staff. She was often the first point of contact for crisis intervention and prevention, and gained extensive experience in engaging with people who communicate in non-traditional manners. Erica upheld strict adherence to corporate compliance standards, state and federal regulations, while providing individual and group supervision, offering supportive and developmental feedback. She also led collaborative teams to create and re-evaluate Individualized Service Plans, which included personalized goals and specific techniques and strategies to achieve them. Erica recognizes and encourages individual interests, traits, and abilities, while helping people realize their potential.
With a vast background in special needs services and individualized support, Erica contributes meticulous attention to detail combined with her fun spirit to Admit NY, and is thrilled to support all students and families through their unique school admissions processes.