Independent Education Consultant
Michele McNamee, the founder of Pinpoint College Planning, is committed to helping students and their families navigate the college application process and make informed decisions. As a mother of two boys, Michele became interested in the admissions process when her oldest son was applying to college. Knowing very little at the time, it became her goal to learn as much as she could about the process of applying to college, and her interest led her to pursue more education and certification and create Pinpoint College Planning.
Working directly with students is Michele's favorite part of her job. She understands that the student, along with the support of their family, is the center of the process. Michele uses her experience and education to guide the students but encourages them towards the knowledge they need to make informed decisions for themselves. Michele's passion is helping students find the best colleges that fit their academic interests, abilities, and personal preferences. Though the process can seem overwhelming, Michele leverages her knowledge to offer advice that puts students and their families at ease. Her approach is comprehensive, organized, and positive.
Michele feels a strong sense of continuing to volunteer and support students in need with free counseling. She is currently a volunteer with ScholarMatch and has been matched up with two students for the 2019-2020 school year.
Education and Certifications:
Washington State University BA: Communications/Advertising
UCLA Extension Program: Certificate in College Counseling,
Graduate With Distinction
Michele has been involved with public schools and students on a volunteer basis since 2004. Most recently, she spent three years as the Co-Chair for the Sehome High School Auction and has served as a Board Member-at-Large for the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation for the past four years. She was the Happy Valley Elementary PTA President for two years and served as the Fairhaven Middle School PTA Vice President for one year.
Michele lives in Bellingham, WA with her husband, two sons, and loveable Goldendoodle, Roxy. Prior to working as an Independent Education Consultant, Michele worked for over twenty years as a freelance graphic designer and enjoyed owning her own business and working independently.
Michele is a member of HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association), as well as PNACAC (Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling).
Western Washington University • University of Washington
Washington State University • Gonzaga University
University of Idaho • Boise State University
University of Portland • Lewis and Clark College
Willamette University • Oregon State University
University of Oregon • Stanford University
University of San Francisco • University of California, Davis
University of California, Berkeley • University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Santa Barbara • University of California, San Diego
Santa Clara University • San Diego State University • University of San Diego
University of Southern California • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Occidental College • Loyola Marymount University
Chapman University • University of Colorado - Boulder,
Colorado State University • University of Denver
University of Wisconsin • Northwestern University • University of Michigan
Georgetown University • American University