Teen Workshop Instructors

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Shari Becker

Shari Becker heads the Your Voice Boston office, a DC-based college essay company committed to ensuring that students' application essays are compelling and unique. Shari is the founder of Whale Rock Workshops, LLC, a writing program designed to teach both academic and creative writing to students of all ages. Classes range from in-home, small-group workshops to larger-scale, week-long retreats with award-winning authors and editors. She works with students one-on-one and has taught large groups at local elementary and middle schools. 

Shari is also the author of four books, including the critically acclaimed young adult novel The Stellow Project (Skyscape 2015) and the award-winning picture book Maxwell’s Mountain (Charlesbridge 2006). She is co-author of the upcoming picture book The James Herman Banning Story (Crown Books 2020). Shari has written, created and developed original content for Nickelodeon, Time for Kids, Disney-owned companies, and an Emmy Award–winning puppeteer. She holds an MA from New York University.

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Louisa Jaggar

Louisa Jaggar is the co-founder of Education in Action LLC and the creator/ coauthor of the Smithsonian’s Saving Stuff (Fireside 2005). Saving Stuff received national attention from and was featured in Parade Magazine as a Parade Picks, The Washington Post, Real Simple, Country Living, on NPR’s All Things Considered and she served as lead writer on over fifteen national science curriculum guides for the Smithsonian, PBS, Chicago’s Field Museum, the United States Navy, and others. Jaggar won the 1994 Smithsonian award for Best in School Programs for her part in creating the Smithsonian Institution’s community-based educational program Learning is a Family Experience.

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Lisa Rubin-Johnson, MS

Lisa Rubin-Johnson's career has spanned over 20 years including combined expertise in strategic marketing, management, and educational consulting. The founder of in!Admissions College Consulting, Lisa is committed to helping students find their best fit schools. She maintains a low ratio of 1 counselor to 12 students per grade, ensuring that each student receives an in-depth, personalized experience with one-to-one attention. Lisa specializes in helping students stand-out in the college application process for their unique set of strengths. She is a professional member of the IECA, HECA, OACAC organizations and is a graduate of Brown, Harvard, and UC Irvine. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. at Northeastern University in Boston.

Lisa also volunteers as a mentor to inner-city First-Generation college applicants at the Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) in Boston, Massachusetts and is an advisor to their Roadmap to College program.