B.A. Political Science
University of Alabama
PhD, Political Science
It is a lifelong passion for Carley to help students reach their highest potential and achieve their goals in higher education and beyond. She enjoys attuning her approach to each individual student’s needs and personality to help them gain the confidence and tools to ultimately achieve success and fulfillment in college and beyond.
Carley grew up in Southern California, earned a full academic scholarship to the University of Alabama and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science three years later. She then accepted a research position working with the nation’s top scholars at Harvard University. Following her tenure at Harvard, Carley was admitted to UCLA’s doctoral program. Her scholarly work there was funded by multiple grants and fellowships, including the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
With over a decade in higher education, Carley has taught at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, and Saddleback College, conducted nationally recognized academic research, and developed original courses and co-curricular opportunities for students. She has always possessed an unwavering dedication to understanding and improving student learning and success. Through these diverse experiences, she discovered her greatest impact on student growth, development, and success was through personalized mentoring with students. That realization led her to ESM, where she works with students individually as a college counselor to develop and expand their abilities while amplifying their unique gifts throughout high school and the college application process.
When she is not working with students, she is most likely found at the beach with her husband and three-year-old daughter, Isla. She loves to cook, swim in the ocean, watch football, and travel to nerd out on visiting historic sites and experiencing different cultures.