Victoria Newman, MS Ed, CEP

Founder & Executive Director, Greenwich Education Group
Co-Director, Day & Boarding School Advisory Services

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Vicky founded Greenwich Education Group (GEG) in 2003 and is the Executive Director and Operations Manager of all GEG divisions. She is also the Director of Day & Boarding School Advisory Services. Vicky began her career as a teacher in the Stamford Public Schools and went on to teach in the Greenwich Public Schools. She is deeply knowledgeable about the academic curriculum in both public and private school arenas.

Vicky has received a number of distinguished awards, notably the 2016 Small Business Association Award for Connecticut, The YWCA Greenwich 2015 BRAVA Award, as well as receiving her Certified Educational Planner designation in 2017.

Vicky graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York. After earning her BS from Syracuse University School of Education, Vicky received her master’s degree and wrote a thesis on the differentiation of instruction at the elementary school level, while interning in the Stamford Public Schools. Vicky holds a Connecticut Professional Teachers’ Certificate and is a professional member of IECA, ERB, SSATB, TABS and SBSA. She serves on the board of the Arch Street Teen Center and the Distinguished Teacher Committee for the Greenwich Public Schools. Vicky also serves as an AVID mentor and is an active volunteer with the Greenwich High School PTA.

Vicky’s international sub-specialty designation is from IECA and she works with families that are moving to the US from abroad. Vicky has placed over 1,000 students in private day and boarding schools throughout the country. In her spare time, Vicky loves to travel, exercise, read, and watch TED conference videos. She lives in Greenwich with her two daughters and two dogs.


Muffy Fox, MS Ed

Director, Day & Boarding School Advisory Services

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Raised in Riverside, Muffy graduated from Greenwich Country Day and Choate Rosemary Hall. She received a BS in elementary education from Skidmore College and holds a Master's Degree in elementary education from Bank Street College of Education. Muffy taught at the Brearley, Buckley and Nightingale-Bamford Schools in New York City, and also assisted with the kindergarten admissions testing at Nightingale-Bamford. She also taught third grade at the Latin School of Chicago and Greenwich Country Day. Most recently, Muffy worked as a senior editor at Greenwich Magazine. Muffy lives in Greenwich with her husband Andy. They have three boys who attended a variety of public, private and boarding schools based on their individual educational needs and profiles. All three graduated from Elon University. Muffy has served on the boards of Arch Street Teen Center, the Boys and Girls Club Greenwich, Greenwich Adult Care’s River House, the Berkshire School Parents Committee and was Co-Chairman of the Parent’s Committee at Elon University. As an educational consultant, Muffy advises families on the most suitable match schools for their child, allowing them to work closer to their potential. Muffy is a professional member of the IECA.


Peggy Hersam

Day & Boarding School Educational Consultant

Born in Darien and having lived in locations along the Eastern Seaboard and the West Coast, Peggy brings a unique perspective to a wide range of day and boarding schools. Graduating from Denison University with an MA in English and history, she comes from a business background in advertising, media sales, executive recruiting, and residential real estate sales. Peggy has raised her three children in Darien and the West Coast for the past 20 years. Among them, they have attended boarding schools, independent day schools, and public schools. With experience assisting her own children throughout the search and application process on both coasts, Peggy currently helps families find the “best fit” schools for their children, guiding them throughout the process.

Peggy has held numerous volunteer leadership positions in the community, including serving on the board of the Darien Library, school parent boards, the board of OPUS for person-to-person, and is currently the Commodore of Noroton Yacht Club. She also ran several alumni events for Denison University and sat on the fundraising committee for the Gillen Brewer School in New York City. She enjoys skiing, tennis, paddle, and competitive sailing.


Linnie Pickering, LMSW

Day & Boarding School Consulting Coordinator

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Linnie grew up in San Francisco, CA, where she attended the Hamlin School from grades K―12. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, where she won the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement. Linnie has presented educational workshops to educators, as well as student and community groups, on topics such as child abuse prevention, sexual assault (date rape) prevention, suicide prevention, and dating and domestic violence prevention. Linnie has been a substitute teacher, on the board of two private day schools, and an active volunteer in a multiple of academic environments. She is married with two grown children who attended various private day and boarding schools. Linnie is an author and avid writer, reader and traveler.


Hilary Stark

Associate Director, College Consulting

Hilary Stark has been assisting high school students prepare for college since 2008, most recently in the College/Career Center at Greenwich High School.

Prior to that Hilary was a vice president at Lehman Brothers and manager of the Firm’s global reentry program, Encore ®. While there, she collaborated with the firm’s management to create and implement a comprehensive on-ramping program that included on-boarding and professional development. She also served as the program’s ongoing career advisor and assisted with performance management.

Hilary received a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. She lives in Greenwich and is getting used to being an empty nester.


Anne-Marie Hesser, MS ED

Educational Consulting Associate, Day and Boarding School Advisory Services

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Anne-Marie received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also began her career in educational and documentary television.  She was honored to work on many award winning programs, including one that earned her an Emmy Award.  Anne-Marie’s interest in Art History eventually led her to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she worked as a docent in the Education Department and now serves as a docent in the American Art department.  Anne-Marie lives in Greenwich with her husband, Van, and their three children who attend Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, and The School of American Ballet in NYC.  Anne-Marie brings personal knowledge of the independent schools admissions process in NYC and CT, as well as experience with the challenges of homeschooling.  Anne-Marie’s role at Greenwich Education Group allows her to support students and their families as they navigate their educational choices and goals.


Marie Dolan

College Admissions Consultant

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Marie Dolan has experience helping students and families successfully navigate the college admissions process to find the school best suited to the student’s individual needs and goals. Marie helps students present the best possible application. She stays current on educational trends and campuses by visiting more than forty schools a year. Marie is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and attended IECA’s Summer Training Institute. She is completing coursework for a College Counseling Certificate at UCLA.

Marie is a graduate of Lafayette College, with a dual degree in English and Government. Earlier in her career, she was a private banker at JP Morgan Chase and also worked at Institutional Investor Magazine. Marie is on the board of Girls Write Now, and was previously a board member of Child Advocates of Connecticut. She served on the Greenwich RTM, and was a volunteer at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has two daughters and has survived the college process.