"Nancy Heleno was a tremendous asset during my daughter’s college essay writing process. She really took the time to get to know my daughter and what makes her unique. Nancy has a great understanding of what admissions officers look for in an applicant and was able to help outline the steps to writing an effective essay. Her critiques were positive and her ability to help rephrase ideas really helped our daughter write her best essays. We were thrilled when she was accepted into six top colleges! Our experience far exceeded our expectations and I highly recommend Nancy for any student starting the college application process."
~ Jill, New Jersey
"When I met Nancy Heleno I was a retired teacher, counselor, and principal from California. Nancy came to me as an advisor and editor for a middle school charter school application; I was very impressed and was pleased with her proposed curriculum and culture when she showed me her draft. I was not at all surprised when she and her team received the charter as well as the State grant with more funds than requested - a first in Colorado. Obviously, she has excellent writing skills. Nancy also has unique people skills. She often spoke to parents and students during information and recruiting sessions. Nancy met each student exactly where they were educationally, and gave them challenges to grow and improve themselves at their pace. Each of the three schools Nancy has been involved in from inception is very successful. So much so that the third school she helped open was the first in the state to have a lottery its first year. I strongly believe that she will be a great help to anyone writing their college essay. You’ll be glad you got her help and advice. Good luck to you all.
~Ann Flatten, Arizona
"Prior to assuming the role of Board Chair, I had the honor of getting to know Nancy Heleno as a dedicated leader in the field of education during her tenure as founding Board President for a project based learning charter middle school in Colorado. Her commitment to the daunting and overwhelming responsibility of opening a school that meets all stakeholder needs - students, parents, state Board of Education standards, and chartering authority - was inspiring and the school flourished into one of the State’s highest performing within a few short years. A powerful and motivating speaker and writer, Nancy knows how to capture an audience’s imagination, listen to their needs, and execute to their dreams- talents she puts to incredible use helping high school students in their college application preparation. Nancy has worked with my eldest son (a rising Junior) and me over the past year to help us understand the college application process and how to choose the colleges for his focus. I am a single mom, and an immigrant from a country with a higher education system vastly different to here; I had no idea where to begin. Nancy used grace, patience, and a personal approach to help us learn about the process of choosing and applying for college, and as a result of her early coaching my son was accepted into a summer college institute for high schoolers this June for his current top college choice. I am excited to continue working with Nancy as she coaches my son for his college applications a year from now."
~Erin Patla, Colorado
"When I first wrote my college essay my thoughts were all over the map. I have dyslexia and felt reassured knowing one of the three schools Nancy Heleno worked on opening is a school for high achieving dyslexic students. She talked to me about my passions and experiences and helped me organize my thoughts. I liked working in google docs after conversations with Nancy because I could take my time and think about her suggestions. It was also helpful to read other suggestions she left in the document. It was a great combination of talking to her, listening to her guidance, and writing at my own pace. I got into my top choice college and am grateful to Nancy for helping me with that and improving my overall confidence as a writer using her techniques."
"I have worked with Nancy Heleno on a professional level and a personal level. As the Founding Volunteer Coordinator of Animas High School I worked with Nancy in her capacity as Founding Board Member. She worked tirelessly in her pro bono position for the betterment of our community, bringing together people with differing points of view, getting her hands literally dirty remodeling the school structure, listening to concerned parents, and writing the weighted-average document to assess the Head of School applicants. Personally, my son benefitted from her knowledge, listening skills, and encouragement when she boiled down brain science to guide him with his academic questions. I am confident she will work tirelessly, with expertise and compassion, with your child, too."
~Kathy Setka, Broker Associate R1 Colorado, Durango Real Estate Network
"What seemed like a daunting task at first was made so much easier with Nancy’s help. She really got to know me as a person and helped me from start to finish with the college process. She was extremely dedicated, helpful, and motivating throughout the whole experience. I am proud to say she is one of the reasons I was accepted into numerous colleges and universities!
~Alyssa, New Jersey
“Nancy Heleno was an inspirational leader who led a community-wide effort to establish new charter schools in Durango. She kept the group working well together, did the lion’s share of the writing, and held the vision for an exceptional new school. It was an honor to work alongside her, learn from her, and be part of this project. Nancy is top notch: brilliant, creative, and inspirational!"
~Jenny Bruell, California, Inaugural Board Member, Mountain Middle School
"As an Inaugural Board Member I worked with Nancy Heleno in her role as Board President of a new charter school. I observed her listening to every comment by the Colorado Charter School Institute Board and watched her subsequently work unremittingly, sometimes sleeping in her office, to meet and exceed the charter application requirements. Nancy even utilized a free service of Colorado State editors and advisors with the award-winning Colorado League of Charter Schools for four revisions (that's three times more submissions for editorial revision than any previous school). She also worked with my son on his college essay, and he was accepted into his most desired college. Nancy will work with you or your child/student with encouragement and competence."
~ Kristie, Colorado