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

 W. Laird Durley 


Independent Educational Consultant

Retired College Professor


Educational Background:


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


  • B.A. double major Philosophy and Math/History of Science 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 108 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 255 college visits over the past nine years,
  • 125 of them by invitation and individually over that time. 
  • counseled over 90 individual clients
  • compleated the UCI Counseling Cert