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Meet The Team

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Katie Garrett

For over twenty years, Katie has shared her passion for academics and education with students and their families. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with degrees in both Cognitive Studies and Psychology and has completed her graduate certificate in Independent Educational Consulting through The University of California-Irvine. Katie has been awarded the designation of Certified Educational Planner by the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners, demonstrating the highest level of professional standards through extensive knowledge, expertise, and experience in the field of educational planning. She is a Professional Member of Independent Educational Consultant Association and serves as Chair of the Charlotte Regional Chapter. In addition, Katie has completed coursework in executive functioning through Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and is a Certified Parent Coach through the International Coaching Federation. 


Katie has personally visited hundreds of college and boarding school campuses and meets with admissions personnel on a regular basis to ensure that she stays abreast of the ever-changing landscape of education and admissions. She is dedicated to helping each student find the school or college environment where they can find their own personal success.

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Martha Anne Krisko
Business Manager

Martha Anne has over twenty years of experience working in various business environments including corporate, non-profit, and entrepreneurial ventures. She has degrees in both Economics and Public Policy Analysis from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Martha Anne manages the day to day business operations of Garrett Educational Consulting and consults with prospective GEC clients.

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Harrison Garrett

Specialty Areas: College & Boarding School Applications, including essay ideation, resume creation, and editing.  Subject Matter Tutoring & SSAT Prep.  Interview Prep

Harrison has 6+ years of experience working with students throughout the boarding school and college application process and is a 2022 graduate of the IECA Summer Institute. Harrison is passionate about finding the right fit for each student, while also ensuring they place themselves in the best light during the application process.


Harrison attended St. Paul's Boarding School in New Hampshire and brings his experience as a student to his boarding school application consulting practice.   He is a Vanderbilt alum, where he double majored in Economics and Health Policy with a minor and Business, graduating Cum Laude. While on campus, Harrison was involved in Greek Life, served as a volunteer coordinator for an inner-city after school program, and was the president of the men’s lacrosse team.


Since graduating from Vanderbilt, Harrison has worked in Management Consulting with a focus on the Healthcare industry and has also served as a member of Deloitte’s recruitment team at Vanderbilt.

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Alex Blackwell

Specialty Areas: College & Boarding School Applications, including essay ideation, resume creation, and editing.  Subject Matter Tutoring and Interview Prep

As a previous intern and now associate at Garrett Educational Consulting, Alex has worked for 7+ years to help families and students plan and prepare for the boarding school and college process.


Alex attended Culver Academies boarding school in Indiana and uses her personal experience as a boarding school student to help guide the boarding school application process with her students.   She graduated Vanderbilt University as Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Human and Organizational Development and Business.


Alex holds certifications from the IECA Summer Institute, Charlotte Mental Health First Aid, and IDEO’s Human Centered Design and Entrepreneurial Cohort. She has worked with Deloitte’s Strategy Consulting, with a focus on customer and workforce experience and design.

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