Gail Curran, Educational Consultant with offices in Peoria and Tucson has earned the highest designation as a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) by the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AIOCEP).
“Earning certification means achieving the highest ‘standard’ that is available in the field of educational consulting,“ said Judith S. Bass, CEP Chair on the Commission for Credentialing. In addition to the designation, Ms. Curran pledges to continue her education through workshops and professional conferences, visiting institutions and striving to uphold rigorous ethical standards. “I work with human lives whose families are in crisis. It is important to me, as a life-long learner, to be the best at what I do,” Curran stated.
With over 25 years of professional experience in education, clinical work and consulting, Ms. Curran has certainly proved herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field of educational consulting. Her principal responsibilities involve matching a school or program that best meets the needs of the student. “Parents often surf the net for answers and talk to people over the phone that they do not know,” Curran said. “My service is personal and individualized. No two families are exactly alike. It’s a big investment for families, getting it right the first time is critical,” she said. Educational Consultants spend 30% of their time traveling throughout the United States to visit and evaluate dozens of schools each year.
First starting out as a primary child-care worker in a residential treatment facility for four years; a supervisor, assistant director, and director, as well as fundraiser, marketer, and admissions professional for over 25 years, Ms. Curran furthered her passion for helping families, with struggling children very quickly. She joined the Independent Educational Consultants Association as an Associate Member in 2013 and earned Professional Membership in 2015.
Looking back, Gail attributes much of her success to hard work, determination, perseverance, and flexibility when striving to meet families’ needs. For the future, she aspires to continue growing as a professional and making a difference in the world.
She believes in contributing to society. Ms. Curran remains active as a board member for the West Valley Child Crisis Center where she presently services as Chair of the Development Committee.