Maureen Delaney

Educational Counselor


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


As a Counselor in Educational Planning, Maureen Delaney considers the strengths and interests of students and helps them to achieve their academic and personal goals. As the former Director of College Guidance at independent schools in both the Washington DC area and Manhattan, Maureen uses her deep experience to establish authentic connections both to students planning for college and those advancing from undergraduate to graduate school. As an engaged partner, she identifies each individual’s strengths, cultivates his or her self-awareness, and guides each to a unique personal narrative. Her work emphasizes a strong strategic approach in addition to encouraging ownership of the application process. As an Education Counselor, Maureen lends clarity to the planning for college process and helps students to navigate from their strongest position. Specifically, in her work with students, she

    • Develops a strategy for dealing with short-term objectives while taking long-term goals into account
    • Inspires a student’s developing narrative as she listens to a student’s growing insight about themselves and identifies each student’s positive attributes
    • Utilizes interim milestones in coaching students through the admission process
    • Identifies solutions to problems or potential issues and evaluates colleges through the lens of their personal narratives
    • Uses her knowledge of both undergraduate and graduate admissions to guide students in developing their academic plan and personal narratives

Maureen believes that the process of evaluating options and choosing a college or university not only produces the immediate goal as intended but can also be the basis for developing skills for future decision-making. Thus, college counseling is about asking questions and creating a structure that not only supports decision-making about college choice but also stands as a model for addressing future decision points. Maureen uses her strategic insight and years of experience to assist students in making a series of decisions that prioritize their interests and enhances the strengths of their applications when planning for college. A native of Potomac, MD and alumna of Churchill High School, Maureen has a deep understanding of DC area schools to complement her broad knowledge of the college and graduate admissions processes. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching from the George Washington University.


The college admission process requires a certain degree of introspection, which is especially helpful when it comes to writing a personal statement that should represent key aspects of the student’s personality, background and interests. Key to the counselor’s role in this endeavor is eliciting the information that will help each student craft a unique narrative that differentiates him or her from other applicants. As students write essays, prepare for and take standardized tests, assemble portfolios, and otherwise complete applications, they draw on their previous thinking even while they apply the new skills they are learning. An effective college counselor not only helps students achieve successful results but also uses the process to help them move toward personal growth and independence.

Maureen brings a wealth of experience to her role at PrepMatters. As the former Director of College Guidance at an independent school in Manhattan, NY, she developed successful school-based programs that fostered students’ growth and decision-making skills as they prepared for their transition from high school to college. In addition to her knowledge of colleges and universities in the U.S., Maureen has a proven record of successfully directing students toward admittance to undergraduate and graduate schools abroad.
Maureen Delaney received her Master of Arts in Teaching and her Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University.


Prep Matters quickly assessed my child's needs, zeroed in on the gaps and struggles, and helped her address them. They were great and effective communicators and the scores showed it! And they developed a great working rapport over skype and Facetime since we live far from the D.C. area!
- Public School Parent