FREE WEBINAR - Chicago College Counselor Will Help Families Keep Calm and Plan for College


(Chicago– May 25, 2022) Families confounded by the college admission process can keep calm and carry on next week when Fusion Academy Evanston hosts North Shore College Counselor Matt Baker for a free event that will help families navigate the post-secondary application process.

“College is hard enough to navigate without a pandemic that upended the last three school years for next year’s seniors,” said Kevin Holbrook, Director of Outreach at Fusion Academy. “We’re excited to host Matt and support families seeking clarity about college admissions.”

A national leader in personalized education, Fusion Academy welcomes Matt Baker for an in-person event that will also be simulcast via a live webinar for interested families outside of the Chicago area. Details follow:

What: Free Community Event Offered In-Person and Online

Webinar: Demystifying the College Admissions Process

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Where: Fusion Academy Evanston, 847 Chicago Ave, Suite 200, Evanston, IL 60202


Speakers: Matt Baker, Riley Baker Educational Consulting

Remarks Duration: 60 minutes, including Q&A

“The Class of 2023 will be the first graduating class whose entire high school education was impacted by the pandemic,” said Baker. “We understand the anxiety, fear, and confusion about preparing for college, and we are grateful that Fusion Academy will bring this to the community.”

Prior to co-founding Riley Baker Educational Consulting, Matt Baker worked in public education as a teacher and supported college counseling and coaching. Matt earned his B.S. in Education at the University of New Hampshire, where he later also earned his M. ED. in Special Education. Matt has an experiential understanding of the pressure’s students confront in school as well as in selecting a college – stresses that are often multiplied for the student-athlete.

Families can expect to learn how to:

  • Demystify the college application process.
  • Understand the benefits of curriculum planning.
  • Navigate the pressures of high school.
  • Acquire clarity about the changes in standardized testing.
  • Create balanced lists of “reach”, “target”, and “likely” colleges and universities.
  • Develop a student’s “hook” to highlight strengths.

Fusion Academy has a team of counselors from coast to coast who provide families post-secondary support. Fusion services can be found here. Riley Baker Educational Consulting has been supporting Chicago’s North Shore families for 25 years.

Fusion Academy hosts monthly national webinars about contemporary topics facing families with middle and high schoolers. All of Fusion’s webinars can be found here.


Fusion Academy is part of Fusion Education Group (FEG) a revolutionary innovator in personalized education. FEG provides accredited personalized education for than 5,000 middle and high school students at Fusion Academy, with 67 campuses that offer one-to-one instruction; Futures Academy, which offers one-to-one, small group instruction and online learning at 15 California campuses; Barnstable Academy, which offers traditional college-prep in a small school setting in New Jersey; and Fusion Global Academy, which offers one-to-one personalized education through a completely virtual campus that currently serves students in 45 states and 18 countries. More information about FEG’s national events can be found here. FEG has more than 80 campuses in 18 states and the District of Columbia.

Media contact: 

Fusion Education Group
Karen Craven
Head of Strategic Communication