College Consultant Davida Amkraut serves as the saving grace for students and families in crisis who are navigating the complex college application process. Whether a student finds themselves in trouble and is applying to college for the first time, or is transitioning from one university to another due to a Title IX or other university-related misconduct claim, Davida helps young adults shape their stories so that they gain acceptance into college.
Working in conjunction with partners Susan Stone and Kristina Supler, Davida helps students develop a plan for their next chapter. She provides invaluable coaching, helping these students navigate the ever-changing Common App and craft a narrative that portrays them in the best possible light. In addition to her experience working with students who have gone through disciplinary cases, Davida also assists students with disabilities, such as those on the Autism spectrum or those with learning differences, identify schools that would be a good fit.
Throughout the course of her career, Davida has counseled and advised hundreds of students – including her own children, two of whom are currently in college and one in high school. She has a long history of empowering and advocating for students, serving as a middle school advisor and a college essay specialist. Davida helps students write essays that are reflective of their authentic voice. She is valued as a mentor, and is regularly consulted to guide students through the essay writing and college application process, in addition to conducting career assessments and interviews.
Davida discovered her passion for helping teens navigate the college application journey after working for nearly three decades as a middle school English teacher, as her wisdom was often sought out by former students. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from SUNY Albany and a master’s in curriculum and design from Columbia University Teachers College. Davida is also certified in college guidance, and is fluent in Hebrew and proficient in Spanish.
- UCLA Extension Program, Certificate in College Guidance, 2018
- Columbia University Teachers College, M.A., Curriculum and Design, 1992
- SUNY Albany, B.A., Sociology, 1991
- Minor in Spanish
- Hebrew University in Israel, Semester Abroad, 1990
- Young Judaea Year Course, 1987-88
- National Council of Teachers of English
- Gross Schechter Day School Teacher of the Year
- Jewish Education Center of Cleveland – Steiger Award for Teaching Excellence
- Grinspoon Foundation Award of Teaching Excellence