Who We Are
Currently, Stacy Bennett serves as founder of Prosper College Prep. As an independent college counselor, Stacy assists students and their families with the complex college admissions process. Prior to counseling in Virginia, Stacy served as Director of a college counseling center in Silicon Valley, one of the most competitive areas in the nation within college admissions. Stacy has assisted over 500+ students in gaining admission to many colleges including University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, UNC-Chapel Hill, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Penn, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, MIT, CalTech, Duke, Georgetown, George Washington, James Madison, William and Mary, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, NYU, Boston University, Texas – Austin, Barnard, Swarthmore, and many others.
Stacy's interest in both college admissions counseling and business has been influenced by her past work and service endeavors. Before college counseling, she worked briefly in the for-profit consulting realm as an Operations Manager and as a Program Manager at a non-profit called Net Impact, where she focused on implementing the 2008 Net Impact Conference: The Sustainable Advantage that inspired the 2400+ participants to use business to positively impact the environment and society.
On the education side, Stacy has worked directly with students and programs in college admissions, Greek life, academic initiatives, and student activities at Stanford, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has also enjoyed serving as an academic tutor to both children and college students for over 15 years, starting with the private tutoring business that she developed in high school.
Outside of work, Stacy serves as a college admissions mentor to at-risk high school students. Stacy graduated with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and from Stanford University with an MA in Education with a focus on Higher Education and Student Affairs.
Through a collaborative partnership, Conquest Analytics, LLC is addressing unsolved problems within test prep alongside Prosper College Prep. Conquest Analytics, LLC was founded by Dr. Erik Corona, who received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Informatics and his B.S. from University of California, San Diego in Computer Science.
Dr. Corona was trained in using large datasets to answer complex questions. He has authored multiple research publications and is using his informatics, data science, and statistical training to improve outcomes in the test prep industry. Dr. Corona has spearheaded various projects in academia and industry with the goal of incorporating the “data driven” approach to solving problems. In the test prep industry, this means that the methodology developed will be driven by evidence supported by actual student outcomes rather than tutor intuition or personal experience. The methodology developed is constantly reassessing itself and improving as more and more data for “what works” is accumulated. This approach represents the most modern and cutting edge endeavor to improving test prep outcomes in the industry. Dr. Corona is developing novel software solutions specifically designed for students of Prosper College Prep drawing from his Informatics training at Stanford University, his previous consulting experience in the field, and Stacy's knowledge regarding student needs.
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