Katy Dunn

Educational Counselor


  • Career Prep
  • Educational Counselors
  • Educational Planning
  • Mock Interviews
  • Resumes



  • Bethesda, MD
  • McLean, VA
  • Remote (Zoom, etc.)
  • Tenleytown, DC


Katy Dunn has more than fifteen years of experience educating and advising thousands of students as a teacher, counselor, and administrator throughout the DC metropolitan region. The primary lesson she has learned along the way is that each student needs and deserves a focused educational plan, designed to maximize attention and opportunity while minimizing unhealthful stress.

Each component of a college or high school application offers only a glimpse of insight into a student’s story and represents far more than can be fully conveyed. Katy helps students optimize the process by building strong personal and education goals, ultimately showcasing these and the resulting achievements through the application process. Every student has something to say; Katy helps find the best way to say it. She does this work through building a personal relationship with each student, while coaching, directing, and encouraging them along the way. With her guidance, students take risks, dig deeper, and find success.

School transitions are especially critical moments on the educational journey, so Katy believes it is important to engage in a thoughtful process for both high school and college admissions. In previous roles, she designed high school transition programs, served on admissions committees, conducted evaluative interviews for college admissions, and helped students plan personal pathways from late middle school through college. Most recently, while serving as principal of a DC private high school, she led a redesign of the college guidance process to more fully focus on these individual student pathways. She is a sought-after speaker on secondary education, education equality, and the state of college admissions.

Katy is a native Washingtonian and graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. She holds master’s degrees in both English and art history, and she has extended her graduate study deeply in to educational leadership. Katy serves on the Alumnae Board of her alma mater, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. She is a voting member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Independent Educational Consultants Association.


“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
-Harriet Tubman


Katy has been wonderful!!  My daughter is thrilled to be in the home stretch.  She has been working hard, and the essays are self-reflective which has made them interesting to write.  

My daughter seems quite relaxed and not stressed about her college process.  Thank you for all your guidance and help.  Having you on her team has definitely made this entire process less daunting.  

- Alexandria Mom

I just wanted to thank you once again for your help over these last few months with our daughter, as well as your guidance and support for me.  Your edits were really helpful for my essays.  Our daughter is completely done with hers and feels great about them.


My daughter said that she loved working with you, and was actually sorry to hear we are done with your portion of the Prep Matters program.  We would love to work with you for our other child in 2 years, and for our daughter again in 4 as we look at colleges!!  

- Great Falls Mom

I got in!!! Thank you so much for your support and for everything you did to help me get here. It was quite the journey but I couldn’t have done it without your help and constant support!

Thank you so much! You made a very stressful process a lot less stressful. We are excited for him and can’t thank you enough for helping him (and us)!

- McLean Family