Get to know who would be helping you/your son or daughter:

 W. Laird Durley 

 

Independent College Consultant

Retired College Professor

 

Educational Background:

 

  • B.A. English from Ripon College (WI)

 

  • B.A. double major Philosophy and Math from St. John's College (NM)

 

  • Certificate, Institut Catholique de Paris (FR)

         

  • M.A. Liberal Education from St. John's College (NM)

 

  • Paralegal Certificate, (highest honors) College of San Mateo (CA)

 

  • Two years doctoral studies in Rhetoric at UC Berkley (CA)

 

  • California Community College Teaching Credentials in:                                                 1)Philosophy&Religion                                                                                   2)Language Arts&Literature

 

  • Independent Educational Consultant Certificate, UC Irvine
  • IECA STi Institute

 

 

 

Professional Career:

 

  • 7 years prep-school teaching at the Dunn, Crystal Springs and Uplands, and Woodside Priory Schools in every subject but physics and chemistry
  • 3 1/2 years private tutoring in math, French, English
  • 23 years in Community Colleges teaching English and Philosophy, the last 20 as head of Philosophy at Reedley College (CA)

 

College Consulting:

 

  • I have been working these last 96 months with:
  • a recently retired public school college counselor of 30 years and
  • a recently retired independent college counselor of 20 years and
  • most recently, the highly regarded HECA, IECA, NACAC and WACAC

 

  • I have conducted over 217 college visits over the past eight years,
  • 112 of them by invitation and individually over that time. 
  • counseled over 70 individual clients
  • compleated the UCI Counseling Cert