Valerie Engel Yellin

JD, MS, National Certified Counselor (NCC), IECA Associate Member


  • Comprehensive Application Guidance
  • College List Development
  • College Essay Topics
  • College Essay Writing and Editing
  • Comprehensive Interview Skills 



  • Emory University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in English
  • New York University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Mercer University, Master of Science in School Counseling


Summary of Experience

Valerie, a former attorney, has been an educational consultant with Access Test Prep & Tutoring since 2014. She received a Master of Science degree in School Counseling in 2015, where she was inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling Honor Society. During her year-and-a-half long field placement in the College Counseling Department at the Weber School and through her experience as an application reader for Emory University from 2013 to 2017, Valerie gained the knowledge and skills to be able to understand what colleges are looking for in applicants. 

At Access Test Prep & Tutoring, Valerie helps students identify their ideal college lists, brainstorm college essay topics, and write beautiful essays. Her goal is to take as much stress out of the process as possible by keeping students organized and having them begin their applications during the summer before senior year. Valerie tailors her approach to the individual needs of each student, giving them the attention they need to create applications that perfectly express their passions and interests. 

Valerie’s students have been accepted at Dartmouth College, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, Emory University, Haverford College, University of Georgia Honors Program, Georgia Institute of Technology Honors Program, University of Florida Honors Program, UCLA, University of Southern California, Duke University, Michigan University, Wake Forest, Williams College, Amherst College, Colorado College, Washington & Lee, Skidmore College and many more.

Valerie is board certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). She participates in educational IECA conferences in order to stay current on trends in admissions and counseling.

Valerie's interests include hiking, cooking, reading, and travel.