Hannah Serota

Co-Director of College Counseling

In the fall of 2000, I joined McLean School as the College Counselor in the newly established Upper School. Coming to McLean brought the opportunity to build a college counseling program from the ground up. I had spent the prior nine years working in college admissions at my undergraduate alma mater, Oberlin College, where I had earned a BA in Philosophy. During my last few years working at Oberlin I served in a regional capacity, enabling me to attend graduate school part time. I earned a Masters in Education with a focus on Counseling & Development from George Mason University.
I don’t know anyone who plans on a career in college admission or college counseling at a high school. It’s a career path that we discover or stumble into, but for those of us who have been around for a while, it becomes our passion. My first exposure to college admission was as a student at Oberlin where I worked as a tour guide – a much better job prospect to meet my financial aid work-study obligation than the unpleasant alternative of cafeteria drudgery. As a college senior I landed a coveted paid internship in the Office of Admission – and that’s where I discovered a love for the college admission profession.
I enjoy shepherding students and families through the admission process. Over the years, I’ve developed an expertise in college admission, enhanced by my time devoted to college visits, my membership and participation in professional organizations, and my speaking engagements at various conferences and events. I was proud to be invited to serve a 2-year term as an inaugural member of the University of Arizona’s Out-of-State Counselor Advisory Committee. I always return from my travels invigorated by campus visits and filled with new information about the state of college admission; information that I am eager to share with our community.
Away from McLean, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, especially my husband and teenage son. I’m originally from NYC, so I love exploring cities - their cultural, artistic, musical offerings, as well as their diverse cuisine. But, I also value natural settings, places of beauty and solace. Travel and exploration – both physical and intellectual - are important to me. 

K-12 College Preparatory School Supporting Bright Students’ Individual Strengths and Challenges.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. McLean has for over sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges related to anxiety and executive functioning. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
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