Welcome, new faculty/staff member! Nina Berler – College Counselor, Curriculum Consultant
What led you to your current role at The Hudson School? What were you doing before you came here?
Before coming to The Hudson School, I loved what I was doing: counseling students and their families about the college process and making sure students had the critical writing skills necessary for success in high school and beyond. While students were in school during the day, I developed curriculum for ed tech companies. By coming to Hudson, I am able to enrich my days by counseling even more talented young men and women.
What would you say most motivates you to do what you do? What are you most excited or passionate about?
Prior to working in education, I directed the executive education business for professional services firm KPMG. Yet I knew that sooner or later, I would work with teens. Teens are my market; I love them! Every teen is different and each has so much talent.
I was also motivated to become a college counselor after witnessing my son’s cutthroat private school experience. (He did not attend Hudson!) His peers competed for spots at elite colleges, so the college application process was a very stressful experience for them. While I appreciate the mission of independent schools, I also believe in fostering individual students’ passions and never want to see them compete with one another. The students at Hudson thrive in their collaborative environment.
I am fanatical about the importance of learning grammar fundamentals and editing. When I am not working with students, I love fitness activities, particularly hiking and swimming. I was a sportswriter in college and still enjoy following many Olympic and pro events.
Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.
My mentor is Barrett Hazeltine, Professor Emeritus at Brown and my college advisor, who created an academic program modeled after Harvard Business School curriculum. We did Shark Tank activities years before the show ever existed! I still read the Wall Street Journal every morning and can’t resist analyzing corporate strategies. Professor Hazeline has advised countless students at Brown and is known for never forgetting a name or a face. To this day, he lectures and rides his bike to class – and he’s in his 80s!