Sharon Dries, M.Ed.

College Advisement Associate/Coach


Sharon brings over 20 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults.   She received her B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed in Special Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. During graduate school, Sharon concentrated her research on the transition needs of adolescents as they prepare to enter the adult world of education, work, and community living. For 15 years Sharon played an integral role in the development of a nationally recognized and accredited post secondary program in Connecticut for young adults with disabilities.   Sharon served in several capacities including case management, coaching, individual and family counseling, human resources, staff development, program design/evaluation, and program management. The breadth and depth of her experience provides unique insights into the challenges and opportunities facing young adults and their families as they navigate the maze of transitioning from high school.

Sharon entered the arena of college advisement and coaching upon relocating the Atlanta area in 2006 when she began private practice as a coach and consultant. While providing academic coaching to high school students, a natural progression to college planning and advisement occurred – as many of her students and their families became overwhelmed by the process.

Sharon often continues her coaching relationship with students post college acceptance – as they transition from the high school setting into the college setting.   Sharon assists students in accessing needed on campus supports, provides academic coaching support (in person for local students or virtually), and helps student manage the social and emotional demands and stressors at this next stage of their development.

Sharon has a true passion for helping young adults find their voice, optimize their strengths and build their personal roadmap to realize their dreams and potential.