As a former high school counselor Laila has a deep appreciation of the demands teens face. She believes that the college application process is one of student maturation and “letting go.” Known to her students as Mrs. A, she has a keen interest in helping them find their university match and fulfill their potential. Embarking on a new chapter in a lifelong career of college counseling, Laila joined College Bound Consulting (CBC) in 2013.
She is a Certified Educational Planner, a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) as well as its Illinois and international regionals. Prior to joining CBC, Laila spent seventeen years at the American Community School at Beirut, Lebanon as Director of College Counseling and Dean of Students. Upon her return to the United States, Laila read applications for Princeton University during the admission season of 2010-2011.
Laila resides in Hinsdale. She has a BA in English from the University of Connecticut and a Masters in Education from The College of New Jersey. In her free time she enjoys visiting colleges, traveling, movies, reading whodunits, and volunteering at the Assistance League Chicagoland West.