18 Bank St, Suite 3
Summit NJ 07901
Brantley Dean is a graduate of both Baylor University and Duke University. Before joining Breakaway Prep, he spent a decade in higher education. He worked for offices with cool names like “Academy for Leader Development” and “Residence Life and Housing Services” (okay, so maybe that name isn’t so cool) and received a Master’s in Higher Education. He later worked on a doctorate in late ancient history where he spent his time getting to know a bunch of dead guys who loved to write in Greek and Latin (so fun). His time spent on the “other side” greatly informs how he advises families about the challenges and opportunities of the college process. Brantley has spent thousands of hours working one-on-one with hundreds of families just like yours in the Summit and surrounding area. Both southern transplants, Brantley and his wife Caroline live in Summit with their dog Tex…yes, the dog is named for what Brantley maintains is a great state (Caroline isn’t so sure).
Amy graduated as a Biology major from Cornell University. She went on to get her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and practiced corporate healthcare law in NYC for ten years. Beginning with her own college search, she helped friends with college choices and applications because she liked helping others with organization and finding their voice in writing. She continued helping friends, acquaintances and relatives find and apply to colleges and programs in her free time, assisting healthcare organizations with licensure and certification applications and writing, reading and editing legal arguments on anything related to healthcare regulation for gainful employment. Amy decided that assisting students in navigating the college process was much more fun than those many legal applications and arguments. She went back to school, online, and received her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA, sometimes wishing she was in L.A. rather than at her kitchen table. In her free time, Amy can be found skiing with her family, playing paddle and driving her two teenage daughters back and forth from their many activities.
Where We Are
"It should be a given that a college counselor will provide the logistical and organizational support to guide a student and a family through this process, but Breakaway provided so much more to our son -- encouraging him to aim high, supporting him through the grind of junior year and helping him craft a narrative in his essays that reflected his best qualities."Stephen R., Parent of David, Tulane University