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Christine Williams

Ms. Williams, Peck’s full-time Director of Secondary School Counseling, has a track record of success helping families enhance the candidacy of their children in the secondary school and college application process. At Peck, she works individually with each student to understand their social, emotional, and academic growth, and to secure the best fit secondary school for every graduate. She has a B.A. in English Literature, an M.A. in Psychological Studies and an Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Recent Posts

4 Tips To Help Your Child Choose the Right Secondary School

Posted by Christine Williams on Apr 1, 2019 12:57:54 PM
Congratulations! Your eighth-grader has received offers from  secondary schools and now the ball is back in your family's court to make a final decision.  Accepted student events can hold a tremendous allure for young teens, but discerning where your child should matriculate must be based on more than a tempting re-visit experience.  Here are four questions to ask your child to consider when making a final school choice: 
  1. Do the teachers and teaching style at the school connect with the way you learn best? Do you enjoy the Harkness-style, for example, or prefer a teacher-led classroom?

  2. Will you feel toward the head of the class, versus the middle or bottom? Will the challenge of the curriculum feel appropriate?

  3. How do you want to grow in the next four years?  Think of yourself not just as a ninth-grader, but all the way through the next four years.  Which environment and set of people will best help you achieve that vision you have for yourself?

  4. In which environment will you be able to most grow as a leader? Will you have the extracurricular opportunities you love and will you be able to grow and develop as a leader within your interest?
Once you decide, be sure to communicate your decision to all of the schools that spent a great deal of time getting to know your child and your family.  Releasing an offer potentially allows a school to tap their waitlist, providing an opportunity to another deserving student.  
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7 Tips To Prepare Your Child for Standardized Admissions Testing

Posted by Christine Williams on Oct 31, 2018 11:40:01 AM

One of the many pieces of the secondary school admissions process is a standardized admissions test.  These tests help admissions officers predict a student's ability to be successful in the school's program. Here are seven ways you can help prepare your child for a stress-free admissions testing experience.

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7 Tips to Help Your Child Prepare for Secondary School Interviews

Posted by Christine Williams on Oct 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM
You've chosen the schools your son or daughter is going to apply for. You've filled out the applications. Now it's time for the dreaded interview. We know this time can be stressful for both parent and student. So our Director of Secondary School Placement Christine Williams offers these seven tips to parents on how to help your child prepare for the all-important secondary school interview.
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