About Brenda S. Williams

        Principal, Designing Steps to Academic Success 
        Guidance Consultant (East Orange, NJ School District)
        Substitute High School Counselor (West Orange, and Montclair, NJ)
1992-2003  High School Guidance Director (Montclair, NJ)
1971-1992  High School Guidance Counselor (Montclair, NJ)
1968-1970  Junior High School Teacher - English (Montclair, NJ)
1966-1968  Junior High School Teacher - English and French (East Orange, NJ)

Professional Memberships
NACAC    National Association for College Admission Counseling
NJACAC  New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling
IECA      Independent Educational Consultants Association (in process)

Professional Achievement and Recognition
Preparing For Tomorrow - Educational Opportunities for Minority Students, Presenter, Dartmouth College
College Planning, Presenter-Women's History Month,"Where Will You Be in the 21st Century?"
High Cost of Financing a College Education, CBS TV Mini Series Interview
The Impact of Non-Tagged Non Standard SAT, NJ12 TV Interview
Most Pressing Problems Facing Teens and Parents, Panelist-TV Pilot Program
Counselor of the Year Award, INROADS, Northern New Jersey Inc.
Excellence in Education Award, West Essex Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Certificate of Appreciation, Montclair Branch, N.A.A.C.P. Thurgood Marshall Freedom Fund Awards Dinner (1991 Certificate, 1993 Dinner)
Nominee, Weston Award
Certificate of Appreciation, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of Essex County
Certificate of Appreciation, Montclair Public Schools for 25 years of Service
Owl Award, Montclair High School for exceptional service to Montclair High School
Honoree, Improving Montclair Achievement Network Initiative
Three-Time Honoree, Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence
Professional Certifications
Student Personnel Services/Guidance
Secondary School Teacher - French
Secondary School Teacher - English

M.A. Student Personnel Services/Guidance
B.S. English

"As an educator and parent I find nothing more rewarding and exciting than working with students in their quest to achieve their educational and college acceptance goals.  Today’s students are exceptionally engaging, interesting, and sometimes challenging; and I absolutely love the experience of visiting the wide variety of college and university campuses. In fact, to understand the other side of the desk in college admissions, I participated in a “mini-internship” at Drew University, a New Jersey liberal arts institution, which revealed exactly how the admissions and placement process is conducted once the application is received.  I look forward to working with you and your student in a collaborative process that will transform your college aspirations into a reality."

Designing Steps to Academic Success
Brenda S. Williams, M.A.


8 Carlton Drive

Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

973-783-8324 office

973-452-8774 cell

973-783-0148 fax


Office hours by appointment only.

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