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:

July- Featured: Teen's Guide to the College Process of finding your fit, college visits, and college research

August- Featured: Teen's Guide to College Admissions; essay writing, types of applications, building a resume, and letters of recommendation

September- Featured: Teen's Guide to Academic Success; time management, study skills, and college-readiness skills

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

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.

  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
 

  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 

 
  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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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 

 
  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.  

  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. 

  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, and has served on a host of education boards and commissions focusing on developing innovative and progressive approaches in higher education leadership. 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, and has served on a host of education boards and commissions focusing on developing innovative and progressive approaches in higher education leadership. His recent book, "The 75 Biggest Myths About College Admissions," was published by Sourcebooks.

  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. She is doing this by interviewing victims of bullying in hopes of spreading awareness through sharing their stories. After starting her own marketing firm, she dedicates now dedicate her time to speaking at schools, interviewing people on their experiences and getting my message out in person or through social media. Sydney's goal is to educate students and parents on the life lessons that she and others have learned, and that others learned, so that they can begin to embrace the challenges that they face.    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. She is doing this by interviewing victims of bullying in hopes of spreading awareness through sharing their stories. After starting her own marketing firm, she dedicates now dedicate her time to speaking at schools, interviewing people on their experiences and getting my message out in person or through social media. Sydney's goal is to educate students and parents on the life lessons that she and others have learned, and that others learned, so that they can begin to embrace the challenges that they face. 

http://sydneynanberg.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 . 

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

 
  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".

  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. 

  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.

  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.

 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.

  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.

  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,

 

 

  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.