Some Comments about Dr. Martha Gagnon:
“I have known Martha Gagnon for more than 20 years and consider her professionally competent and conscientious. She displays energy, enthusiasm and good judgement. People making college and career decisions have turned to Martha for guidance and have found a counselor with patience, experience, and a sincere desire to help.”
Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. Former President, Loyola College (1990)
“Martha Gagnon demonstrates a high level of professional competence, and she performs her work with impressive confidence and style. She is intelligent, humanly sensitive and deeply committed to her work as a tutor and counselor.”
Dr. Ralph C. John, President Emeritus, Western Maryland College (1990)
“Martha Gagnon’s extensive experience in college admissions combined with her deep personal interest in attaining the best possible opportunity for each student places her at the top of the list of college admissions consultants. I find her completely dependable, involved and effective.”
Rev. James McAndrews, S.J. former president Loyola Blakefield High School
“RE: “THANK YOU FOR AN AWESOME JOB WITH MY KIDS!!
I want to personally thank you for the wonderful job in tutoring my two children. I could not be happier with their performance!
I definitely know that your coaching made a measurable contribution to their SAT scores. Both my children’s’ SAT scores went up by applying the methods of test taking you taught them. In addition to that, your experience as a former college admissions officer provided valuable insight into resume preparation and the quite confusing college application process.
The best measure of our experience with you is in my children’s success in applying to colleges. Neither of my kids was an academic “superstar” in high school. But their SAT test scores were solid – largely a result of the coaching you gave! My daughter received 5 out of 5 college acceptances, including one scholarship valued at $92,000, and two others that totaled $50,000 between them. My son made it into the top 10% of Service Academy applicants, which I know would not have been possible had his scores not been where they were, again – because of the coaching you provided. He was accepted at 4 out of 4 other colleges that he applied for, including acceptance into 3 top flight engineering programs.
As a parent I questioned whether the cost of tuition was worth it. In retrospect I can say resoundingly “YES”! The one-on-one coaching you provided is without a doubt worth it. As a third party you bring a level of credibility and discipline in this most critical area that I as a parent don’t have. I made the decision to invest in my kids by preparing them for this most critical test which would help them qualify for scholarships. I was NOT disappointed.”
Mr. Tim Kraft, Ellicott City
“Martha Gagnon was a crucial factor in getting my son into Wharton (School of Business-University of Pennsylvania). His sessions with her boosted his knowledge and his confidence, allowing him to increase his SAT scores dramatically, while securing a high score on his first SAT II Writing exam. This was a worthwhile investment.”
Ms. Patricia Fiori, Charles Town, West Virginia
“Dr. Martha Gagnon was a member of The College Board staff for 18 years, updating students, parents, educators on preparing for the PSAT and SAT. Year after year she received top ratings for her knowledge and teaching style. She has an excellent perspective combining theory and practice.”
John A. Diamond Jr., former Director of Higher Education, The College Board, Dean,Alvernia College, Pennsylvania
“Dr. Gagnon has been instrumental in helping our children find a college that matched their varying interests. Without Dr. Gagnon’s assistance and knowledge, we would have been lost in the process. Thank you, Dr. Gagnon, for creating order out of chaos.”
Mr. Chris Kline, Ijamsville, Maryland
“Dr. Gagnon is a wonderful teacher. She helps you learn material you have trouble understanding. I think the best thing she helped me with was believing in myself.”
Mr. Patrick Davis, Student, Ellicott City, Maryland
“Dr. Gagnon has been conducting SAT prep classes at our high school for several years. Not only has her instruction been instrumental in improving our students’ scores, but her generosity in donating a portion of each student’s fee to our PTSA has made her program one of our most lucrative fund raisers.”
Ms. Lynne Sepich, Volunteer, Mt. Hebron HS PTSA
“Our daughter is a special needs student who had a goal of attending college. Dr. Gagnon helped her improve her score on the SAT by 300 points and provided information that allowed our daughter to take the SAT with extended time. Not only did she get into the college of her choice, she was also awarded a scholarship in part due to her SAT scores.”
Ms. Kathleen A., Ellicott City, Maryland
“Dr. Gagnon has conducted our SAT prep classes for more than a decade and the feedback that I’ve received from students and parents has been very positive. The course is always conducted in a very professional manner and students frequently comment very favorably as to their satisfaction with the instruction.
Mr. Jack Murtaugh, Director of Counseling, Calvert Hall College, Towson, Maryland
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Gagnon since I was an undergraduate at Loyola College. As the admissions director, she was very helpful and professional. Now that I have had the opportunity to work with her in my position as Director of Guidance, I am glad that she was the one who helped me 20 years ago. Dr. Gagnon has provided excellent service to my students. Not only has she taught SAT prep courses at our school, but she has also conducted very successful workshops for parents on analyzing the PSAT and SAT. She has been an invaluable resource.”
Mr. David Glenn, Howard High School, Ellicott City, MD
“Not only did Dr. Gagnon analyze and identify our son’s relevant academic strengths and weaknesses, she most aptly developed a personalized stystem of study for the SAT that ensured positive results. While honing our son’s essay writing skills in preparation for the SAT II exam, she seeded the concentration and confidence necessary for a successful testing experience. We greatly appreciate her efforts and results and have already engaged her services for our daughter.
Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence S. Schieken, Columbia, Maryland
“Dr. Gagnon has provided an invaluable service to Glenelg’s students and parents for many years. Our community has come to rely on her to deliver the latest information and trends in SAT’s. Although they can’t all raise their scores by 400 points (as did one young man 2 years ago), the students who participate in her classes are all well served by her competence!”
Ms. Ruth Drucker, former Guidance Director, Glenelg High School, Glenelg, Maryland
“Dear Martha and Rebecca,
Hope this finds you well, we know you are very busy with the new SAT testing prep!
Just wanted to update you on ( ) our daughter’s results from the Feb/rescheduled Jan SAT:
Math: 600 (previous was 510)
CR: 620 (previous was 560)
CW: 600 (previous was 560)
She is very happy with her improved scores to 1820/1220 and believes they can place her in her choice of schools.
Thank you for your help, and wishing the best as you complete the testing season!”
S. and J. Glenelg, Maryland
“For the last four years, Dr. Martha Gagnon has facilitated our SAT review for a group of high achieving students in their sophomore year. Her vast knowledge as an educator, administrator, counselor and consultant came together to focus all her expertise and talents on developing the skills of our students. Her desire, dedication, and nurturing presence contributed to our students’ phenomenal gains on their PSAT and SAT. In addition, her test interpretation skills have been a great benefit to our staff and aided them in the revision of our curriculum. Dr. Gagnon genuinely cares about the impact of her program, as evidenced by her dependable follow up.”
Ms. Susan MacPherson, Guidance Director, St. Elizabeth H.S., Wilmington, Delaware