Rebecca founded RNG International Educational Consultants for two reasons: first, she identified the need for families to have expert comprehensive educational planning, whether they are staying in their home town or moving their children around the world. Secondly, she is passionate about helping each child or adolescent to realize their individual potential. She knows a child’s future can be hugely influenced – for good or for bad – by the educational decisions they and their parents make along the way. When kids are in the right school or college for them, they thrive. When they are in the wrong environment, or lack the ability to manage their current environment, life can be unnecessarily difficult. Sometimes the consequences of not having their academic, social or emotional needs met can be quite serious. Therefore, before understanding what we do and what makes us experts, it’s probably even more important to understand WHY we do it. Whether the young person lives down the street, across the country, or in Mongolia, we are on a mission to help kids grow and succeed!
Michelle is an Educational and Therapeutic Consultant with RNG International Educational Consultants LLC™. With a background as a school psychologist, she understands the intersection of academic and social-emotional life for students. She consults on traditional boarding school and therapeutic program placements for a wide range of student profiles.
Michelle served as a school psychologist in public and charter schools in New York City and Denver, Colorado. She is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and maintains her NCSP (Nationally Certified School Psychologist) credential. She is a Professional member of IECA and individual member of NATSAP. She earned her Masters of Education in School Psychology at Teachers College Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in History from the College of William and Mary. She is a graduate of the The Madeira School, an all-girls boarding school.
Michelle is currently serving as the national therapeutic chair for IECA, periodically writes for IECA’s newsletter “Insights,” and presents regularly at professional conferences.
Michelle calls Colorado home and enjoys working local and US-based students, as well as young global nomads like herself. Having grown up for many years overseas, she experienced firsthand the challenges and rewards of being a Third Culture Kid. She now offers a professional lens through which to understand the impact of global mobility on children and youth.
I believe every child can learn and can thrive. I am passionate about education, mental health, and the role of educational consultants.
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Lauren joined the RNG team in 2021 as our client services and outreach coordinator. She earned a Bachelor degree in Sport, Arts and Entertainment Management (’15) and a Master degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management (’18) from Point Park University, a small private University in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Her previous experience includes working at Point Park University, the University of Pittsburgh, University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University in offices including Admissions, Athletics and Professional Education. She got her start working in higher education her freshman year of her undergraduate degree as a work-study student in the Athletic Department.
Lauren grew up in a suburb on Pittsburgh and considers herself an “East Coaster” at heart. She is an early riser and always starts her day with espresso. In her free time, she enjoys collecting antiques, refinishing furniture and being in the company of animals.
After graduating from the University of Miami (Florida), Leanne spent about a year in Washington, DC before returning to her hometown in Monmouth, Maine. Leanne received her M.Ed in Higher Education/Student Development from the University of Maine and spent four years in the Student Activities Office at Colby College. There, she was responsible for planning and implementing orientation activities as well as weekly campus programming.
Following her time at Colby College, Leanne spent over 14 years at Kents Hill School where she served as both Director of College Counseling and Director of Admissions. She has worked with hundreds of students, both domestic and international, in both roles. She is an expert in navigating the search and application process for independent schools, with specialization in boarding schools, as well colleges/universities and has had students admitted to a wide variety of institutions including, Boston College, Duke University, Princeton University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Tufts University, and the University of California at Berkley. Additionally, Leanne has traveled extensively visiting programs across the United States, and as Director of Admissions, has participated in recruiting events in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Additionally, Leanne has also been a seasonal reader for the Admissions Office at Northeastern University.
Leanne looks forward to working with RNG students and their families as they explore and prepare for the boarding school and college admissions process. When she’s not proofreading essays and prepping students for interviews, Leanne can be found cheering on the sidelines of her daughters’ soccer games, skiing at her favorite mountain or enjoying a quiet day on the lake!
Tara earned her Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. While at Carolina, Tara worked in Career Services, helping students to choose a major and prepare for a fulfilling career path. She spent countless hours working with students to perfect their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, and interview skills. It was there that Tara uncovered her burning passion for helping others ignite, inspire, and act on their own personal passions. This came in particularly handy during her time teaching a first-year seminar course to new U of SC students from across the globe.
Beyond Career Services, Tara has also gained experience in college admissions, college orientation, the first-year transition, Greek life, and academic advising. She’s worked with a wide variety of students in both the public university and community college setting. Prior to enrolling at the University of South Carolina, Tara earned her Bachelor’s in Communication from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She has years of experience in digital marketing and public relations in addition to her experience in education.
Now, Tara lives in Las Vegas. She is a pet mom who enjoys hiking and spending as much time as she can outdoors. She aspires to become a full-time traveler and digital nomad.
Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Jack is a U.K.-educated academic with a background in journalism and theatre.
Jack recently received his DPhil in History at the University of Oxford, where he taught modern history and assisted with Oxford admissions alongside completing his thesis on French, British, and American fighter pilots in the First World War. Moving from the United States in 2010, Jack completed all of his higher education in the U.K., earning a BA in History from Royal Holloway University of London and an MPhil in Modern British & European History from Oxford. He is also a classically trained actor on both sides of the pond, training and working at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts and the British American Drama Academy, and worked in breaking news journalism from 2013 to 2018.
Jack has extensive experience teaching and mentoring students from diverse international backgrounds, from private school students in Southeast Asia to Americans studying abroad in the U.K. As an expat and former international student himself, he is passionate about making British higher education – especially the prestigious, sometimes complex Oxbridge system – accessible and navigable to all. He offers RNG students and their families personalized insight into the British education system and application process, opening students up to an exciting international option.
Jack currently lives in the south of England, where he spends his time hiking, writing, and doing volunteer community healthcare advocacy. You can find him on LinkedIn.
Alex has tutored and taught for nearly twenty years at notable private institutions such as Philips Andover, Taft, and Dartmouth College. Though originally an English major, he has taught a great variety of subject areas in his career, from humanities to AP literature to history to creative writing to college essay writing. He has also edited alumni publications and yearbooks, run debate teams, coached varsity athletic teams, acted as an academic advisor and dorm parent, and taken on myriad other roles in his experience as a private school faculty member. Having taught a wide variety of students from 8th grade through college undergraduate with various behavioral and academic profiles, his great breadth of experience allows him to provide guidance in many academic and extracurricular areas. He is also a skilled academic coach, able to help adolescents and young adults navigate the variety of adversities they face in unfamiliar circumstances as they work through the challenges of academic rigor.
Alex feels blessed to be able to teach and coach his students in those critical transitional years, and finds it infinitely fulfilling to work with these students.
He attended Philips Exeter Academy, a well-known boarding school, then received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College and a Master’s Degree in English from Dartmouth College.
As the father of three young children, Alex spends most of his free time between story times, playgrounds and beaches. He has a lifetime obsession with the science fiction genre and the New England Patriots, not necessarily in that order.
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To Mrs. Grappo Thank you so much. It’s hard to understand how a person I have never met has saved my life, but that is certainly what you have done. If I had not gone to this school, my life would have been so much darker and dreadful. But you were able to open the…”
I know I have already thanked you before for everything you did to assist us, but I wanted to share this with you since I suppose it can never hurt to be told more than once that you make a difference in people’s lives.”
One more thing before I control the flood of words here. You are amazing. You’re so much more than I could ever have hoped for. I think you have a gift for this work and I’m so thankful we get to share in it.”
A young man, 18, was admitted into a very selective and competitive college. However, having just been diagnosed with ADD, he was overwhelmed with all the independence, lack of structure, freedom, and new responsibilities. By the end of first term, he was nearing failure. It was imperative to get him in touch with student counseling…”
A fifteen year old male student was extremely bright, but also had major struggles with ADD, depression, and behavior issues at school, resulting in numerous suspensions. The relationship at home was fraught with conflict and the family was at the breaking point. He was belligerent about the thought of going to boarding school, and opposed…”
A young man, 15, started looking for a boarding school for his junior and senior years. He had everything going for him – stellar resume, grades, sports, and personality. The conversation focused on just how much academic pressure he was willing to take on. He was adamant he wanted to push himself, and was given…”
A young woman of 17 moved to a remote location for what would have been her senior year of high school. She had never lived overseas before, and her school only offered the International Baccalaureate program. Therefore, she was put back a year to start the IB curriculum. She was miserable, and things finally reached…”
A family with a son who had significant development delays contacted me regarding life as an internationally mobile family and wondered about embarking on such a lifestyle. We spent hours of counseling up front while they were still in their home environments, and the family prepared to homeschool their son, knowing few schools overseas would…”
A family with two employed parents was suddenly separated by an evacuation, leaving them with some important decisions to make quickly regarding the children’s education. The older daughter remained in her boarding school and became the school’s star student; the younger one remained with mom and came back to the U.S. The father remained overseas…”
A sixteen year old girl came to me feeling very depressed and uninspired by school. Her mother was extremely concerned by her lack of engagement. This girl was extremely bright but did not do well in a traditional setting. Her mother said her creative side needed to be encouraged in order to get her engaged…”
I wanted to tell you I spent last weekend in Arizona having a reunion of friends from Beijing days 20 years ago…..and guess who was there…a dear friend…..I said, you don’t happen to know Becky Grappo and her words, exactly, “She saved my life!!!!” I thought you would like to know that….she is in fine…”
Speaking of professionals, please accept my sincere gratitude for your brilliant work. This all really started happening after you challenged our son to give you something concrete to work with. Your strategy was perfectly planned and executed. Good Show!”
I just wanted to thank you for getting me through the most painful and difficult thing I have ever had to do. I know that there is a lot of work to be done but I feel we are finally on the right track. I know that you put a lot of effort into helping…”
My husband and I cannot thank you enough for coming through for our son, when he needed someone like yourself to come for his rescue. Our son is a changed young man – full of confidence and joys of life. It is simply wonderful to see him doing so well and it is all thanks to you.”
My son is doing incredible!! I cannot believe the difference in him. He still has a way to go, but he even knows it and he is just so open and honest with us and himself. I am proud of him. Thank God for all of you that help us realize that we and our kids…”
I will take this opportunity to thank you for all your assistance and support over the last few months. This period could have been most stressful but was not due to your support, cool guidance and highly professional approach.”
I have seen a lot of maturity and sense of responsibility in him. No matter how much I miss him not having him home with the family, both his father and I realize that sending him to boarding school was the best things that we have done for him. The staff is wonderful at his…”
I don’t think I have adequately thanked you for the superb work you did for us this past year. We went from being nowhere, to getting our son into some excellent, superb schools. You should be so proud of what you do, because it’s clearly an art. No rules, but a lot of gut feelings….”
You have already helped him, by giving him hope that his unique voice can be heard and celebrated. Thank you so much for that gift!”
I wanted to thank you for your helpful emails and staying in contact with me even now that I’m in college. I wanted to at least give you a quick reply and let you know that I’m loving it here at my college and feel like it is the perfect place for me. More than anything,…”
I would like to thank you personally for everything you’ve done for our son, actually for both my children. My husband and I were have been suffering (not so silently) for the past month with our son and his essays, or their non-existence. Even though we felt he had good chances of getting in, one…”
I just want to make the point of thanking you formally for all the great work that you did with our son this last year! It was wonderful and so reassuring to know that you were there with him throughout the whole process of university applications. We all know it can be stressful for most and…”
I just wanted to let you know I could not do any of this without you, and I am so thankful for someone that cared enough to help me become successful.”
I gotta say I couldn’t have done it without you.”