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Rachel Zimmerman

The College Shop is a boutique Independent Educational Consulting practice owned and managed by me, Rachel Zimmerman. After a decade in the college and career readiness industry, and as a former high school teacher, I decided to strike out on my own, equipped with years of experience and a passion for student success. After leaving teaching in 2008, I began a career focused on support students on their path to post-secondary success. I worked for five years at Kaplan Test Prep where I gained invaluable experience developing products and services for college admissions exams for Kaplan’s school and district partners. Most recently, I worked as a Strategic Consultant and Consulting Manager at Naviance (formerly owned by Hobsons). At Naviance, I worked directly with the largest school districts across the country consulting on college and career readiness strategy, post-secondary data analysis, change management, and Naviance software implementation and administration.

When I'm not working with students, I'm kept very busy with my young daughter and twin boys. I can usually be found spending time outside with my family. And if I ever find the time, I love good books, good food, and bad reality tv.


Education & Training

University of California, Los Angeles

Extension School, Certificate in College Counseling

National Louis University

Endorsement in Special Education

DePaul University

Master of Education, Secondary Teaching Certificate

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Arts, American Culture

Education & Training

Professional Memberships

Independent Educational Consultants Association

IECA Associate Member

National Association for College Admissions Counselors


Professional Memberships
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