The Mission of Independent Academic Advisors

   To provide honest, objective and informed advice to families and students
   while assisting them through the college search and application process.

   We will strive to facilitate reliable and appropriate educational choices.

Sheila B. Jones, M.Ed.

Sheila Jones, a private and public high school educator for over 25 years, earned her Master of Education degree in Secondary School Guidance from McDaniel College in 1982. She has continued post graduate work in Psychology at Immaculata University. Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She has taught high school Spanish and French, and worked as a high school guidance counselor. While teaching, Ms. Jones also worked as a counselor for International Studies, organizing trips abroad for high school students.

Ms. Jones is a member of Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling, Higher Education Consultants Association, and the National Association of College Admission Counseling. In 2005, Ms. Jones graduated from IECA's Practices and Principles Training Institute at Johns Hopkins University. IECA requires its members to abide by a strict set of ethical guidelines that govern the actions of consultants when working with students and their families, colleges and high schools.

In the community, Ms. Jones is an active volunteer and board member of the College Bound Program for members of San Juan Bautista.


Sheila B. Jones, M.Ed.
Linda Miller

Linda Miller is a seasoned writing and public relations professional who has worked in newspaper and magazine publishing, at a university news bureau, and as a freelance writer and editor.

After her stint as a sports reporter and features writer for a small Pennsylvania newspaper in 1978, she moved on to public relations work in higher education. She spent nearly seven years in Philadelphia as a writer in Temple University's news bureau before moving into research and writing at Rodale Press. She worked on the staff of Prevention and Runner's World.

For the past 20 years she's been freelancing, and her projects range from grant writing to creating publications for public libraries.

She's also a blogger and maintains two blogs that focus on books from her local library ( and vintage food and recipes ( Since 2010, she devotes much of her late summer and fall to reading, researching and critiquing college application essays.

Ms. Miller is a member of Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC).

Linda Miller



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