UnMazed

UnMazed is built as a community of professionals who believe in the power of students today. All collaborators have their own story how they help students, some are teachers, school counselors, academic tutors, business owners, entrepreneurs, students, or parents. We are proud of our UnMazed collaborators who take the time to create, write, and engage with those around them. 

Are you looking to be a part of this amazing group of educational and business leaders?

We are continually looking for new content from those share our mission 

"to provide individuals or families with current, quality resources and strategies for high school to college success".

We are continually looking for both "themed" material, but also articles on a wide-range of expertise including, parenting, student health, student voice, educational topics,  current events, and others. 

Our monthly UnMazed themes are:

October- Featured: Teen's Guide to Financial Aid & Scholarships; local, state and national scholarships, Bright Futures, loans and grants, and award letters

November- Featured: Teen's Guide to Mental & Physical Health; bullying, mental health, and wellness

December- Featured: Teen's Guide to Careers; career and technical programs, choosing a major, career exploration, and personality tests

January- Featured: Teen's Guide to High School and Program choice; accelerated programs, high school options, and specialized schooling

February- Featured: Teen’s Guide to Mastering Testing; test preparation, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge AICE, ACT/ SAT, and state testing

March- Featured: Teen’s Guide to Community Service; Internships, volunteering, local and state organizations

April- Featured: Teen’s Guide to Summer Programs; selective programs, camps, work experience, and local opportunities

If interested, fill out the contact information below for more information..


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  Dr. Amanda Sterk   Dr. Amanda Sterk is Founder and Senior Editor for UnMazed. Her passion is to collaborate with educational experts to bring quality, highly needed information to parents and teens on the high school to college process. She is most passionate about academic planning that saves students time and money.

Dr. Amanda Sterk

Dr. Amanda Sterk is Founder and Senior Editor for UnMazed. Her passion is to collaborate with educational experts to bring quality, highly needed information to parents and teens on the high school to college process. She is most passionate about academic planning that saves students time and money.

  Courtney Faunce   Courtney is a mental health clinician at Lifescape Counseling Services, LLC, a private practice agency located in central Ft. Myers, Florida. She specializes in working with young adults and families utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) practices with a humanistic client-centered approach. Each month Courtney facilitates a therapy group centered around topics such as Conquering Depression and Anxiety, Student-Life Balance, Women’s Empowerment, and Trauma Resiliency.  For more information please click the link to our agency website:  www.lifescapecounselingservices.com .

Courtney Faunce

Courtney is a mental health clinician at Lifescape Counseling Services, LLC, a private practice agency located in central Ft. Myers, Florida. She specializes in working with young adults and families utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) practices with a humanistic client-centered approach. Each month Courtney facilitates a therapy group centered around topics such as Conquering Depression and Anxiety, Student-Life Balance, Women’s Empowerment, and Trauma Resiliency.

For more information please click the link to our agency website: www.lifescapecounselingservices.com.

  Rob Hicks M.Ed.   Rob Hicks has worked in public schools for 16 years. He is a school counselor at Fernandina Beach High School and is the adjunct school counselor at The Ogburn School. He maintains the "Getting My Guide On" blog about all things school counselors at  guidey.blogspot.com  and writes about local history.

Rob Hicks M.Ed.

Rob Hicks has worked in public schools for 16 years. He is a school counselor at Fernandina Beach High School and is the adjunct school counselor at The Ogburn School. He maintains the "Getting My Guide On" blog about all things school counselors at guidey.blogspot.com and writes about local history.

  Katie Reilly  is an English teacher at one of the highest ranked collegiate high schools in the state, Florida SouthWestern Collegiate- Lee Campus. She is currently working towards her Master's in School Counseling and is passionate about student success.

Katie Reilly is an English teacher at one of the highest ranked collegiate high schools in the state, Florida SouthWestern Collegiate- Lee Campus. She is currently working towards her Master's in School Counseling and is passionate about student success.

  Brittany Cortez  has a Master’s degree in College Student PersonnelAdministration and. worked at the University of Illinois in admissions. She currently works with dual enrollment students at Seminole State College. She is passionate about helping students and parents navigate the college process

Brittany Cortez has a Master’s degree in College Student PersonnelAdministration and. worked at the University of Illinois in admissions. She currently works with dual enrollment students at Seminole State College. She is passionate about helping students and parents navigate the college process

 
  Dr. Juniace Senecharles Etienne  is a native of Miragôane, Haiti, who migrated to the United Statesat the age of 16, Dr. Etienne is a teacher and an author. She knows firsthand that education can expands one’s opportunities to succeed. Her passion is to empower and stimulate intellectual curiosity in her students.

Dr. Juniace Senecharles Etienne is a native of Miragôane, Haiti, who migrated to the United Statesat the age of 16, Dr. Etienne is a teacher and an author. She knows firsthand that education can expands one’s opportunities to succeed. Her passion is to empower and stimulate intellectual curiosity in her students.

  Scott Daigle  is passionate about college admissions. As a former school counselor, and now private college consultant, he understands how to navigate the college process with ease. He is an Independent Educational Consultant at Premier College Advisors.

Scott Daigle is passionate about college admissions. As a former school counselor, and now private college consultant, he understands how to navigate the college process with ease. He is an Independent Educational Consultant at Premier College Advisors.

  Bud Jenkins   As a Harvard graduate, Bud Jenkins has an extensive career in finance and investment. He helps families finance college education for their children. Bud owns  Floridian College Planning Resources, LLC . He writes about college planning and paying for college.

Bud Jenkins

As a Harvard graduate, Bud Jenkins has an extensive career in finance and investment. He helps families finance college education for their children. Bud owns Floridian College Planning Resources, LLC. He writes about college planning and paying for college.

  Ashley McNaughton   Ashley is an independent college counselor and founder of ACM College Consulting, LLC. Before becoming a college counselor, she spent several years in Spain and Germany as an English teacher. In addition to her BS in Business from Bucknell, she obtained her Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. Alongside her consulting work, she volunteers with ScholarMatch, a nonprofit helping high achieving, low income students get to college. She enjoys working with students and has helped teenagers and parents of many backgrouns from across the US and Europe over the past 10 years.  www.acmcollegeconsulting.com .

Ashley McNaughton

Ashley is an independent college counselor and founder of ACM College Consulting, LLC. Before becoming a college counselor, she spent several years in Spain and Germany as an English teacher. In addition to her BS in Business from Bucknell, she obtained her Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. Alongside her consulting work, she volunteers with ScholarMatch, a nonprofit helping high achieving, low income students get to college. She enjoys working with students and has helped teenagers and parents of many backgrouns from across the US and Europe over the past 10 years. www.acmcollegeconsulting.com.

  Sarah Sparks   Sarah Sparks is the founder   of  Create The Spark, LLC . Sarah inspires and encourages high achieving, career driven women, who feel stuck, tired, worn out, and pulled in many different directions to put a SPARK back in their marriage and relationships. Sarah helps you become clear on who you are and where you are going so you may have the confidence and trust in yourself to make sharp, clear decisions, and to live a life full of success, joy, happiness, and peace. Connect with Sarah on Facebook at Create the Spark with Sarah Sparks and on her website at  www.sarahsparks.love

Sarah Sparks

Sarah Sparks is the founder of Create The Spark, LLC. Sarah inspires and encourages high achieving, career driven women, who feel stuck, tired, worn out, and pulled in many different directions to put a SPARK back in their marriage and relationships. Sarah helps you become clear on who you are and where you are going so you may have the confidence and trust in yourself to make sharp, clear decisions, and to live a life full of success, joy, happiness, and peace. Connect with Sarah on Facebook at Create the Spark with Sarah Sparks and on her website at www.sarahsparks.love

 
  Jackie Plucker  has been a school counselor in Lee County for 7 years. She has Bachelor’s in Social Work and two Masters degrees in School Counseling and Educational Leadership. Jackie loves being a high school counselor and working with families to navigate not only high school life, but life after high school.

Jackie Plucker has been a school counselor in Lee County for 7 years. She has Bachelor’s in Social Work and two Masters degrees in School Counseling and Educational Leadership. Jackie loves being a high school counselor and working with families to navigate not only high school life, but life after high school.

  Dr. Jerry Israel   Dr. Israel is a prolific writer and speaker on higher education issues, as former college president to University on Indianapolis and Morningside College. His recent book, " The 75 Biggest Myths About College Admissions ," was published by Sourcebooks.

Dr. Jerry Israel

Dr. Israel is a prolific writer and speaker on higher education issues, as former college president to University on Indianapolis and Morningside College. His recent book, "The 75 Biggest Myths About College Admissions," was published by Sourcebooks.

  Bill Parker   Bill Parker is an interviewer for University of Chicago. He has spends his time volunteering for various organizations and advocating on behalf of the U of C and the students who wish to attend. He writes about his experience in selective college admissions.

Bill Parker

Bill Parker is an interviewer for University of Chicago. He has spends his time volunteering for various organizations and advocating on behalf of the U of C and the students who wish to attend. He writes about his experience in selective college admissions.

  Shantell Fonock  is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and a member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists. She has been a coach to both adults and teens for over 16 years. It is her passion to help you find your voice. She helps you to remove limiting belief systems resulting in positive changes and creating the life you want.

Shantell Fonock is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and a member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists. She has been a coach to both adults and teens for over 16 years. It is her passion to help you find your voice. She helps you to remove limiting belief systems resulting in positive changes and creating the life you want.

  Stacey Adams  is a Registered Representative of Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS), Securities products/services offered through PAS, a registered broker/dealer. Financial Representative,

Stacey Adams is a Registered Representative of Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS), Securities products/services offered through PAS, a registered broker/dealer. Financial Representative,

 
  Dr. Sandra Buffkin   Dr. Buffkin graduated Cum Laude from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a B.S. degree in Chemistry and Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida with her Doctor of Chiropractic. While at Palmer she served as Second Vice President to Sports Council and worked a variety of sporting events.  Dr. Buffkin believes wellness is multifaceted and enjoys addressing nutritional concerns and lifestyle management with others. Dr. Buffkin practices at Chiro Function in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Dr. Sandra Buffkin

Dr. Buffkin graduated Cum Laude from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a B.S. degree in Chemistry and Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida with her Doctor of Chiropractic. While at Palmer she served as Second Vice President to Sports Council and worked a variety of sporting events.

Dr. Buffkin believes wellness is multifaceted and enjoys addressing nutritional concerns and lifestyle management with others. Dr. Buffkin practices at Chiro Function in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

  Jennifer Murphy   Jennifer Murphy, MS, AS, has been working with Sex Crimes victims/Survivors for over 30 years. She if founder of Fabulous Faithful Freedom Fighters, Inc.

Jennifer Murphy

Jennifer Murphy, MS, AS, has been working with Sex Crimes victims/Survivors for over 30 years. She if founder of Fabulous Faithful Freedom Fighters, Inc.

  Makenna Lutz   Makenna is a student at the University of South Florida studying Business Advertising under the Zimmerman Advertising Program. She loves advertising and international travel, and is particularly passionate on how they relate to fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.  Makenna is passionate about inspiring people through creativity and self-expression. She believes that there is nothing worth doing if it doesn't help improve your community and bring excitement and joy to those around you.

Makenna Lutz

Makenna is a student at the University of South Florida studying Business Advertising under the Zimmerman Advertising Program. She loves advertising and international travel, and is particularly passionate on how they relate to fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.

Makenna is passionate about inspiring people through creativity and self-expression. She believes that there is nothing worth doing if it doesn't help improve your community and bring excitement and joy to those around you.

  Dave Smith   Dave Smith is Chief Executive Officer; Founder of the SAFE Steps™ and author of College Without Student Loans. He has helped over 1,400 families to obtain college education in a timely manner with zero or minimal debt.  Website: www.thesafesteps.com

Dave Smith

Dave Smith is Chief Executive Officer; Founder of the SAFE Steps™ and author of College Without Student Loans. He has helped over 1,400 families to obtain
college education in a timely manner with zero or minimal debt.
Website: www.thesafesteps.com

  Sydney Nanburg   Sydney is an anti-bullying activist, located in Miami Beach, Florida with a mission to educate students and parents on the effects of bullying.   http://sydneynanberg.com/

Sydney Nanburg

Sydney is an anti-bullying activist, located in Miami Beach, Florida with a mission to educate students and parents on the effects of bullying.

http://sydneynanberg.com/

 Dean Peters  Dean Peters started Pure Heart Children’s Fund in Managua, Nicaragua to feed over 200 children near the Managua city dump after visiting and seeing the hopeless situation in which the people lived. They also run a preschool for 30+ children. www.pureheartchildren.org.

Dean Peters

Dean Peters started Pure Heart Children’s Fund in Managua, Nicaragua to feed over 200 children near the Managua city dump after visiting and seeing the hopeless situation in which the people lived. They also run a preschool for 30+ children. www.pureheartchildren.org.

  Donna Marsh     Donna is the owner and director of Wellness Starts Within, a holistic wellness and life coaching practice. Wellness Starts Within has evolved throughout Donna's 22 years of experience in fitness training, nutritional counselling, energy work, meditation, health coaching, mindfulness training and yoga.   Namaste. Peace, love & light,

Donna Marsh

Donna is the owner and director of Wellness Starts Within, a holistic wellness and life coaching practice. Wellness Starts Within has evolved throughout Donna's 22 years of experience in fitness training, nutritional counselling, energy work, meditation, health coaching, mindfulness training and yoga.

Namaste. Peace, love & light,

  Megan Wordell   Megan Wordell is a student at the University of Florida (Class of '21), majoring in Political Science (Pre-Law) and Public Relations. When she's not cheering on the Gators, she enjoys watching way too many episodes of Parks and Recreation with her roommates, consuming an unnecessary amount of vanilla iced coffee, writing for her blog, and talking about politics.  Follow her adventures on:  Twitter: @megan_wordell  Instagram: @meganwordell  Blog:  www.electoralcollegestudent.com

Megan Wordell

Megan Wordell is a student at the University of Florida (Class of '21), majoring in Political Science (Pre-Law) and Public Relations. When she's not cheering on the Gators, she enjoys watching way too many episodes of Parks and Recreation with her roommates, consuming an unnecessary amount of vanilla iced coffee, writing for her blog, and talking about politics.

Follow her adventures on:

Twitter: @megan_wordell

Instagram: @meganwordell

Blog: www.electoralcollegestudent.com

  Kim Muchmore   Kim Muchmore lives in Cape Coral and is a mom of two daughters, 23 and 21, the youngest just graduated from the University of Florida. Their educational journey varied based on girl's ages, family travel and interests in other educational options and included private Christian school, homeschool, hybrid school, Classical Conversations and extra educational opportunities like hosting summer exchange students.

Kim Muchmore

Kim Muchmore lives in Cape Coral and is a mom of two daughters, 23 and 21, the youngest just graduated from the University of Florida. Their educational journey varied based on girl's ages, family travel and interests in other educational options and included private Christian school, homeschool, hybrid school, Classical Conversations and extra educational opportunities like hosting summer exchange students.

  Nury Castillo Crawford   Nury is author of "3,585 Miles to be an American Girl", a book about a girl migrating to the USA from South America, and owner of 1010 Publishing, LLC. She is an assistant principal in Atlanta, Georgia and is proud of her Florida and Peruvian roots.

Nury Castillo Crawford

Nury is author of "3,585 Miles to be an American Girl", a book about a girl migrating to the USA from South America, and owner of 1010 Publishing, LLC. She is an assistant principal in Atlanta, Georgia and is proud of her Florida and Peruvian roots.

  Nancy Frede   Nancy is an academic tutor and career coach that specializes in reading, math, study skills, financial literacy, transitioning from school to work, post college, and career changers. She owns  Find Your Future Today . Nancy loves to write about academic and life skills needed to teens.

Nancy Frede

Nancy is an academic tutor and career coach that specializes in reading, math, study skills, financial literacy, transitioning from school to work, post college, and career changers. She owns Find Your Future Today. Nancy loves to write about academic and life skills needed to teens.

  Tracey Malone   Tracey Malone is a wife, mother and Color Street stylist living in Naples Florida. She loves date nights with her husband, playground time with her son and all things Disney. She can be reached at  EasyCuteNails@yahoo.com .

Tracey Malone

Tracey Malone is a wife, mother and Color Street stylist living in Naples Florida. She loves date nights with her husband, playground time with her son and all things Disney. She can be reached at EasyCuteNails@yahoo.com.

  Jenny Meyers   Jenny Meyers is passionate about teen health! After working for magazines like Women's Health, Compolitan, Seventeen, and Marie Claire, she brings her passion to her blog FITJUNKIE. She loves when readers connect with her!  Instagram: @jennymeyersfit  Facebook: @jennymeyersfit  Twitter: @jennymeyersfit  Pinterest: @jennymeyersfit

Jenny Meyers

Jenny Meyers is passionate about teen health! After working for magazines like Women's Health, Compolitan, Seventeen, and Marie Claire, she brings her passion to her blog FITJUNKIE. She loves when readers connect with her!

Instagram: @jennymeyersfit

Facebook: @jennymeyersfit

Twitter: @jennymeyersfit

Pinterest: @jennymeyersfit

  Helen Dobrin Gottesman   Helen has a passion for special education and cooking. She is Executive Director at Delicious Spoonfuls, and Head Chef at  Helen's Home Cooking . She is a retired special education teacher from Palm Beach County.

Helen Dobrin Gottesman

Helen has a passion for special education and cooking. She is Executive Director at Delicious Spoonfuls, and Head Chef at Helen's Home Cooking. She is a retired special education teacher from Palm Beach County.

  Tamika Shine   A wife, a mother of 4 beautiful kids biologically and 1 amazing young man we took on as our own. Tamika wears many hats as I am by profession a esthetician, tax professional, active minister, and entrepreneur. I love everything Jesus, flowers, HGTV, the beach, and the colors purple and turquoise. Tamika's passion resides in her family's sports programming for children and educating others on credit, investing, life insurance, living wills, trusts, POA, establish a emergency fund, and to be ready for those "rainy days".

Tamika Shine

A wife, a mother of 4 beautiful kids biologically and 1 amazing young man we took on as our own. Tamika wears many hats as I am by profession a esthetician, tax professional, active minister, and entrepreneur. I love everything Jesus, flowers, HGTV, the beach, and the colors purple and turquoise. Tamika's passion resides in her family's sports programming for children and educating others on credit, investing, life insurance, living wills, trusts, POA, establish a emergency fund, and to be ready for those "rainy days".

  Melissa Beck   Living the Beach life in Florida has always made this outgoing girl happy. A mom of two boys, wife and full time RN at a trauma hospital, Melissa also found that playing with flowers was relaxing and joyful. She then decided to share that same joy with others and became an  Alice's Table  Event Exec. She loves to write about connecting with others through creativity and entrepreneurship.

Melissa Beck

Living the Beach life in Florida has always made this outgoing girl happy. A mom of two boys, wife and full time RN at a trauma hospital, Melissa also found that playing with flowers was relaxing and joyful. She then decided to share that same joy with others and became an Alice's Table Event Exec. She loves to write about connecting with others through creativity and entrepreneurship.