Cammie Bertram
The Joys of Consulting
My heart is in my work, and it is the most gratifying career I could ever imagine. The rewards are manifold. It’s just plain fun to watch these youngsters transform into caring, kind, and responsible young adults. Knowing that I have contributed to this growth and transformation is deeply rewarding.
I strive to provide families with the knowledge and current information while navigating them through the school selection and application process. I guide and teach. And I listen.

I strive to help students grow and become self-reflective, responsible and reach their full potential – as an individual, not just as a student.

Mine is not only a “helping” career but a healing one, particularly when it comes to serving children and families in crisis.
Finding the Right Fit
I am a matchmaker when it comes to students and boarding schools. I have spent decades building a knowledge base of schools and programs – I know what differentiates each school and program and the profiles of applicants that succeed. Coupling the knowledge of schools and programs with my assessment of the candidate is very important and leads to a successful outcome for my candidate.

For three decades, my profession and my career have always been based on TRUST – and developing trusting, interpersonal relationships with my colleagues in the schools – as well as with my candidates and their families.

I always look for the “goodness” in each of my students and establish solid trust through honest exchange and interaction. Having fun with my candidates is my favorite part of my job.

I know my limitations and articulate them upfront. I emphasize the importance of working together as a team with my families. I will always serve as my candidate’s cheerleader, but I, at the same time, teach these youngsters self-advocacy, encourage self-discovery and demonstrate their interest in specific schools that are the right match for them.

I am the informed GPS for families seeking independent schools for their children.

I engage with my students in a meaningful way.

Nothing in my practice is considered “standard protocol.” Every child is unique and deserves a personal, individualized experience.

I start with hopes and dreams, interest in extra-curricular and sports, then geography, size, co-ed or single gender, urban or off the beaten track, then emphasize how we will work as a team in order to instill confidence in the family.

I like being an expert in a specific area of education that resonates with me. I was born and raised on a boarding school campus with parents engaged in every dimension of the extraordinary academic and residential community. Boarding school advising is deeply rooted in my bones – and in my blood.

I adhere to IECA’s Principles of Good Practice and uphold sound ethical judgment. Mention CEP here?

No discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, ethnicity, disability, or religion.

Confidentiality. Trust. First and foremost.

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