Teare Pic2Chris Teare is senior associate director of independent school and counselor relations at Drew University, a Contributor to, and an educational consultant specializing in independent schools and the college admissions process. Immediately prior to his current roles, he was Director of College Counseling at Antilles School on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. A graduate of Amherst College (BA, English), Columbia University (MS, Journalism) and St. John’s College (MA, Liberal Arts), Chris has spent most of the past 35 years in independent secondary education, first as a teacher, coach and college counselor at William Penn Charter School, returning to that post in the late 1980’s after a stint as a television news anchorman. In the 1990’s, Chris was a teacher and counselor at the International School of Brussels, then served as Upper School Director at the Berkeley Carroll School, and as Head of Pingree School. In 2003, he became Assistant Head of Antilles School, then focused exclusively on college counseling after spending one year as dean of college counseling at The Benjamin School, returning to Antilles in 2007. In addition to his work in schools, Chris has written articles for Independent School magazine, Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and now Forbes. His weekly column, “Finding A College That Fits,” ran in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Virgin Islands Daily News, and he produced and hosted a weekly radio show, “Making The College Choice.” He has presented at NJAIS Trustee Enrichment Day on the topics of “Caring for Your Head of School” and “The Changing World of College Admissions and Reality for Trustees,” the latter with colleagues from Columbia and Princeton, and chaired the five-year NJAIS reaccreditation team for the Dwight-Englewood School. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and was on the Founding Executive Committee for the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, as well as both the Fiske College Guide Editorial Advisory Group and the Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board, also teaching a class for 10 years at the Chautauqua Institution, where he has enjoyed visiting each summer for more than 30 years.