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College Counseling

Helping YOU help your child find

the best college for happiness and success


 Creating the vision of the optimal college

Creation of the initial college exploration list

Admissions evaluation

Advice on how to improve admissions likelihood

Structured college process game plan

Essay and application editing (and, for some, interview prep)

 Guidance related to admissions strategy, particularly Early Decision/Action



The Team:

Daryl Capuano

Daryl Capuano Daryl_Capuanohas been providing college guidance to Connecticut families for the last two decades.  Daryl’s deep expertise in education issues is unsurpassed in Connecticut.

Daryl’s best practices approach to college counseling has simplified the college  admissions process for families who are stressed due to college admissions frenzy. Specifically, our unique college process methodology streamlines the process into distinct segments: (1) College shopping and (2) College admissions. The initial phase is designed to help students find schools that fit their needs. These needs can loosely be described as personal and practical fit.  Personal factors relate to the college experience itself. Type of students, campus, size of the student body and every idiosyncratic part of college such as dorms and activities fit into this category. Practical factors relate to what happens after college, specifically employment. Here, we have an enormous advantage due to our career counseling practice.

In relation to college admissions, we counsel students to develop excellence in the generic admissions portfolio: grades, tests, and activities.  Here, we provide another distinct advantage because of our academic and test prep work.  We also have deep expertise guiding student athletes and other special talents through the admissions process.


Stephen Staunton

After attending the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, Stephen graduated from the University of Vermont with BA degrees in economics and English. Although the bulk of his professional experience was spent in finance, education has always played a role in Stephen’s life. Throughout his career on Wall Street, Stephen volunteered his time teaching students on a variety of subjects. After closing his investment fund in 2015, Stephen decided to focus his professional energies on what had been his long-held passion: helping others through education. In addition to tutoring students in high school and college level economics, math and English, Stephen has recently been made Director of Fairfield County and as such is immersed in finding and developing tutors and expanding TLC’s reach to families within Fairfield County.


Meg Ryan

Meghan Ryan has been working in the field of college admissions since 1998. After serving on the Board of Admissions at Boston University, she joined The Williams School in New London, Connecticut as Director of College Counseling.

Among her other responsibilities were roles on the school’s administrative team, strategic planning committee, advanced courses committee, and serving as a student advisor.

She joined the college counseling office at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey in 2013, and also serves as a student advisor and admissions reader. Meghan finds it exciting to work with students throughout the college application and admissions process – from building the initial college list to brainstorming essay topics. She also very much enjoys connecting with her colleagues on the college admissions side of the desk.

Meghan earned her B.A. in English from Connecticut College and her M.S. in Journalism from Boston University. She has experience SAT tutoring and freelance writing, and in her free time she enjoys reading, writing, yoga, biking and cooking with her family.

Jackie Lefebvre

Jackie Lefebvre has been a successful educator for the past 30 years, serving at some of the best independent schools in the Northeast. A college counselor for the past 20 years who is deeply committed to helping students find their fit, Jackie has enjoyed getting to know each of her college counseling advisees, helping over a thousand students find that “perfect match.”

Throughout her years in education, Jackie has worked as a Director of College Counseling, English teacher, and coach of a nationally ranked debate team. At both Poly Prep Country Day School and The Dalton School in New York City, she served as an Associate Director of College Counseling, while at Bancroft School and The Williams School, she served as a Director of College Counseling. At her previous schools, Jackie additionally served on the Education Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Diversity Committee, the Global Studies Committee, and the Committee on Learning, Instruction, and Curriculum. 

Having attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning her BA in Comparative Literature and minoring in Political Science, as well as her MA in English at Boston College, Jackie has additionally taught writing at the college and high school levels. She has taught introductory freshman writing classes at both Boston College and Fordham University, where she took classes towards her PhD. While she was teaching high school English, Jackie was additionally hired by the College Board as an AP English Literature exam reader, grading student essays for several years. Helping students find their voice through their essays has been a labor of love for her. Jackie additionally served as a college counselor with the Summerfuel program, working with international and domestic students on the Columbia, Tufts, and University of California at Berkeley campuses. 

Jackie attended the Stanley H. King Counseling Institute, focusing on adolescent development, and was additionally awarded a Summer Fellowship in Independent School Leadership through the Peabody School at Vanderbilt University. She has visited hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the world to help students gauge their best personal fit. She has run both in-person and virtual college fairs, as well as offering Case Study events. Her writing has been published in Polytext, Margins, and the Irish Literary Supplement.