Shari Schussel

Shari Schussel

Program Director

Shari is a holistic counselor with 14+ years working with Bay Area families. She worked for 8 years at Monta Vista High School which is a top ranked STEM school in California. Shari also is an External Reader at UC Berkeley and serves as the UCEazy’s Director of the Xcellerator Program.


I have worked with high school students and their families for 14 years and I am totally obsessed with the entire process of student development with college admissions in mind! I spent my first 8 years as a counselor the #1 Math/Science school in California. My position at Monta Vista allowed me to guide students through the college process and earn admissions into the top universities. I spent a few years at an International Baccalaureate high school in the Bay Area building programs to meet the wellness needs of our high stressed students. My love for college admissions and desire to develop the whole child, makes me a great fit for leading our spectacular College Prep Program team.

Counseling Style:

My approach to college admissions is very simple, helping students reach their highest potential. That being said, I enjoy helping students find the path that is theirs and capitalizing on those natural gifts and talents in the college admissions process.


My family and I make outdoor activities a priority. We love hiking, running, skiing, swimming, riding and everything in between. I have two young children and we love living in the Bay Area.


  • BA in Psychology
  • MA in Educational Counseling with California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential

Professional Affiliation(s):

  • Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC)


“Shari is one of the top High School & college entrance counselors that we’ve had the privilege of working since my daughter started at Monta Vista High School.”

“Shari has been an invaluable asset to my daughter and wife in helping to guide them thru the most efficient path to getting into the right college.”

– Aaron

“Mrs. Schussel was our daughter and son’s counselor. She is very relatable and her knowledge of the college application process is invaluable.”

“She has helped the process less daunting and more manageable. We can’t say or thank her enough for her help”.

– Irene