Nancy A. Levonian, PhD

I have a graduate certificate in College Counseling from the University of California, Los Angeles, and did college counseling for three years with students from the Fairfax Math Circle before launching a private practice in 2012. I am interested in helping students who are intelligent, curious, and adventurous find educational and work experiences that help them further their goals.

My husband Mark and I are the parents of two boys. David, 32, graduated from MIT in physics and electrical engineering, and after earning a MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in physics at Harvard, he now works on building the quantum internet! Matt, 26, works as a computer game emginner after graduating in 2018 from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California with degrees in Interactive Media and Computer Science. As the mother of these two, I know from first-hand experience what other parents are experiencing.

My ideas about mentoring come from a cross-fertilization of promoting teamwork as a scientist and as a rugby coach, my experiences parenting, my training as a college counselor, my experiences counseling students, and extensive research and study.

Background in Science:

I am trained as a scientist, with a S.B. from MIT and a Ph.D. in Earth Science (geophysics) from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1987. On the Research Staff at Columbia University and Stanford from 1987-1993, I served as chief scientist on the RV Moana Wave and HMS Charles Darwin mapping the Caribbean seafloor. I published under my maiden name, Nancy Breen.

Background in Sports:

In college I began a long career playing and coaching rugby, the ultimate team sport. I coached MIT women’s rugby, UCSC, Stanford University, the Northern California women’s all-star side, and Berkeley during the years 1979-1993. I played for the US Women’s National team in 1989.

Professional Memberships:

I am a professional member of Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)

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