College Counseling

Just as Park's Philosophy recognizes that each student learns in his or her own way, the College Counseling office believes that each student has individual needs. Our goal is to facilitate a process of self-reflection, personal growth, and thoughtful decision-making that leads to a fulfilling next step in each student’s education.

The College Counseling office provides students and their parents with resources for selecting the colleges that best meet the students' interests, needs, and goals. We meet and talk with students and their parents as many times as necessary to advise and give information concerning the college process. Other services we offer include: evening programs for students and parents; essay-writing workshops, an application workshop, and mock interviews; college counseling classes for seniors; over 100 on-campus visits from college representatives; and regular communication with our admissions colleagues.

The information on these pages is a mere introduction to the process. Please contact our office to begin the essential conversations among parents, students, and college counselors.

Matt Hannibal, Co-director of College Counseling
Matt Hannibal
Co-director of College Counseling
(410) 339-4111
Liz Hirsch, Co-director of College Counseling
Liz Hirsch
Co-director of College Counseling
(410) 339-4172
Wendy Stevens, Administrative Assistant for College Counseling
Wendy Stevens 
Administrative Assistant for College Counseling
(410) 339-4171

About the College Counselors

Matt Hannibal

Before joining The Park School in 2016, Matt worked for 12 years as a founding member of The Bay School of San Francisco. He began working at The Bay School as the Co-Director of Admission and the 9th Grade Dean before he transitioned to work as the Associate Director of College Counseling in 2008. In addition to his work in college counseling, Matt assumed the role of the 12th Grade Dean, boys’ and girls’ soccer team coach, and the Dean of Community Life. Prior to his time at Bay, Matt worked for Exploration Summer Programs, taught 4th and 5th grade at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco, and 6th grade at Kent Denver. Matt is currently teaching a section of Middle School Language Arts. Matt graduated from Brown University in 1999 with a BA in Religious Studies. He is a member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and ACCIS (Association of College Counselors in Independent School).

Liz Hirsch

Liz came to Park in 2007 from School Year Abroad in Zaragoza, Spain, where she served as English Teacher and College Counselor. Prior to that, she worked as Director of College Counseling at The Bush School in Seattle. Previous positions include a stint at the American School in London, six years in the English department and College Counseling office at Sidwell Friends School, and two years in the Admissions Office at Wesleyan University. At Park, Liz teaches an English elective each semester and advises the KIPP tutoring group. Liz is a graduate of Wesleyan University (Religious Studies) and holds a Masters from St. John’s College. She is a member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling), PCACAC (Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling), and ACCIS (Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools).

College Representatives

Typically, well over 100 college and university admissions representatives visit Park’s campus each year. This year, Park School is hosting virtual visits during June and July and again in the fall. If you are a College Representative, please go to our availability calendar in Scoir to book your June or July visit with us.