Admission

Office of Admission

Welcome to the Office of Admission at Teachers College, Columbia University! Below you will meet our dynamic team, which is committed to providing exceptional service and a seamless process for all Education, Health, and Psychology applicants. Each member of our team is assigned to a specific academic department. Please read through our bios to find your dedicated admission representative who can provide answers questions related to your program of interest. For all general inquiries, contact us at admissions@tc.columbia.edu.

Kate W. Brittain
Assistant Vice President of Admission & Enrollment Management

Kate is responsible for overseeing the Office of Admission, which includes graduate admission strategy and policy, domestic and international recruitment, campus tours & customer service, and applicant operations and processing. She also spearheads effective cross -college collaborations between Enrollment Management, academic departments, and campus partners to strategically shape the incoming class and meet institutional enrollment goals. Kate brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education, having served in development, alumni relations, and admissions, most recently serving as the Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Rutgers University – New Brunswick.  She holds an M.S. in Public Administration from Villanova University and a B.A. in History and Psychology from Rutgers University – New Brunswick.  Kate lives in NJ with her husband and son and when, when not hard at work you will most likely find her striking a yoga pose, watching college athletics, or spending precious time with family.

Deanna Ghozati Gregory
Deanna Ghozati Gregory
Senior Associate Director of Admission

Curriculum & Teaching
Mathematics, Science & Technology

Hailing from Westbury, Long Island, I earned my B.A. in Psychology at Stony Brook University and went on to attend Teachers College as a student in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology. A proud ’06 graduate of TC, my journey in admission began as a part-time student worker, and has led me to my current role as Senior Associate Director. I work directly with two outstanding departments—Mathematics, Science & Technology and Curriculum & Teaching. Whether I am witnessing our Instructional Technology & Media students determine which emerging technologies enrich the learning experience or observing our Elementary Inclusive Education students pursue new ways to re-imagine education in diverse 21st century classrooms, I am constantly in awe of the work being done at TC. Although the students in my departments have varied backgrounds before arriving here, it is exciting to witness them come together with the shared mission of strengthening education throughout the world. I am an avid tennis fan, a cupcake and Disney enthusiast, an accomplished subway surfer, and I aim to have at least one meal a week involving buffalo chicken.

Niki Siniscalchi
Nicole Siniscalchi
Senior Associate Director of Admission

Organization & Leadership

I first began my exciting journey at TC over a decade ago as an M.A. student in the Higher & Postsecondary Education program. Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, I came to TC shortly after completing my undergraduate studies at Siena College, where I studied Psychology, and more importantly, realized my passion for working in higher education! Engaging with students on and off campus, counseling applicants through the admission and enrollment processes, and hearing how TC students hope to change the world inspires me on a daily basis. While in pursuit of my own graduate degree at the College, I was fortunate enough to acquire a graduate assistantship within the Office of Financial Aid, which helped to shape my professional career within Enrollment Services. I ultimately worked in the field of financial aid for several years before making the transition into TC's Office of Admission. I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to the TC community as a member of the amazing Office of Admission team, as liaison to the Department of Organization & Leadership, and as an alumna! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, staying active at the gym and through fitness classes, running, traveling, and watching a variety of different sports. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have!

Ashley Blasland
Associate Director of Admission

Counseling & Clinical Psychology

A Syracuse native, I earned my bachelor's degree in English from the University of Virginia, and my master's degree in Higher & Postsecondary Education from our very own Teachers College! Prior to finding a home at TC, I spent several years working in a law firm and performing in theaters across the country. My passion for student services was sparked through my work in Residence Life at UVA, where I had the opportunity to directly navigate hundreds of students through their first year of college. Although I originally joined the incredible admission team as the Welcome Center Coordinator, I later held the role of Assistant Director for over four years, and most recently transitioned to an Associate Director, specifically working with the Counseling & Clinical Psychology Department. At TC, I am fortunate to engage with dynamic applicants regularly, and I am in constant awe of our vibrant Psychology students who strive to make meaningful change in the field of mental health. I also very much enjoy supervising our amazing Student Ambassadors, who bring joy to our community through their campus tours! When I'm not counseling students, I can be found writing children's stories, scouting out New York City's best mac n' cheese, and voicing cartoons—my favorite being an 8-year-old superhero named Rocket Girl. I would love to hear from you with any questions you may have throughout your graduate school search and application process!

David Estrella
Assistant Director of Admission

Education Policy & Social Analysis
Human Development

My introduction to working in admissions came during my undergraduate years at Emory University, where I served as a student ambassador. Now, I continue my ambassador role here at Teachers College as an Assistant Director in a unique position working remotely from Las Vegas, Nevada. Having completed a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree from Teachers College in the Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology, I’m happy to provide insight about the graduate school experience and share my TC experience with those of you hailing from the West Coast. In addition, I work specifically with the Education Policy & Social Analysis and Human Development Departments. I invite you to contact me with any questions you may have.

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Sam Lewis
Assistant Director of Admission & Diversity, Access, and Outreach

Health and Behavioral Studies

Non-degree Programs

Hailing from Chicago, I discovered my passion for serving students during my undergraduate years at Illinois State University, where I studied political science. This interest peaked and prompted me to subsequently earn my master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of New Orleans. Throughout my educational and professional career, I have had the pleasure of building partnerships with community-based organizations, school counselors, community colleges, and other educational institutions to bridge the gap for historically disadvantaged and underrepresented students. I’m excited to continue to be a resource for students as they journey through the admission process here at TC in my role as an assistant director! In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, listening to my fave R&B albums, and trying out local eateries.

Assistant Director of Admission Kyle Lindenberger
Kyle Lindenberger
Assistant Director of Admission

Arts & Humanities

Over the years, my life has been impacted drastically by the institutions that I’ve taught at and attended. I initially became interested in higher education as I gained my B.A. in English at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. After a few years of teaching in Maryland and New York City and working as a student ambassador at Teachers College, I decided to make a career switch to join the Office of Admission as a full-time assistant director of admission. As a master's graduate of TC's English Education program, I am ecstatic to continue working alongside my professors and colleagues in the Arts & Humanities department at Teachers College. I enjoy sharing my personal experiences as a TC alumnus and continuing to spread my love for the institution that inspired me to have a strong interest in higher and postsecondary education. Outside of the Office of Admission, I enjoy reading in the park or at “Low Beach,” shopping at the Strand Bookstore, shark tooth hunting back in Maryland, singing karaoke with pals, and hanging out with my three lovable nephews. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about a program of interest or one you are currently pursuing. I look forward to speaking with you about your goals and how Teachers College can assist you in achieving them!

Perri Meeks
Perri Meeks
Assistant Director of Admission

Biobehavioral Science
International & Transcultural Studies

I joined the Teachers College community after working for three years in undergraduate admissions at my alma mater, Barnard College. I am very excited to work with new populations in my role as Assistant Director here at TC! The most satisfying part of admissions work is connecting with students and assisting them as they navigate the admission process, and I look forward to helping students in the International & Transcultural Studies and Biobehavioral Science departments. My programs draw students from a variety of backgrounds, and I enjoy hearing what has led them to their chosen path. Beyond TC, I enjoy reading, fitness classes, and eating birthday cake from Milk Bar.

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Tessa Minardi
Welcome Center Coordinator

As a lover of learning with a dedication to education equity and access, I am inspired by the community of incredible scholars and professionals at TC. I am a native of Baldwinsville, New York and a graduate of Skidmore College, where I studied English Literature and Dance and had my introduction to working in admissions as a student ambassador. In that role, I realized my passion for assisting students on their educational journeys, and I am eager to continue that work by connecting with prospective TC students. Outside of the office I can be found taking dance classes, trying out Thai restaurants around the city, and hanging out with my friends (and their dogs). I look forward to answering your questions about our admission process or seeing you on campus for a visit!  

TC Office of Admission Administrative Fellow Mina Mizutani
Mina Mizutani
Admission Coordinator

As a proud alumna of Teachers College, with my MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education, I’m thrilled to be working for a community that has continually nourished my personal and professional growth. I graduated with my BA in Sociology from Willamette University, where my previous positions at this institution involved helping students navigate their first year of college and guiding students in academic support. During my time at Willamette, I also played for the Women’s Tennis Team before transitioning to a Student Volunteer Assistant Coach role which allowed me to work in recruitment and with prospective students. This experience is what ultimately launched my curiosity toward admissions and led me to Teachers College. Aside from working in higher ed, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, doing calligraphy, finding new music to listen to, and road tripping. While doing all these things, I’m most likely eating snacks from Trader Joe’s.

Jade Wong
Administrative Fellow

With a love for higher education and the want to provide transformative experiences for students, I was led to apply to Teachers College. I recently joined TC as a full-time M.A. student in the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program. In May of 2021, I graduated with my B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology with an Educational Studies Minor from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN—which also happens to be located in my home state! While at Rhodes, I was involved in many student organizations, student government, and served as Peer Assistant which allowed me to work with a new student group during orientation and guide them through their first year seminar course. Beyond my academics and the admission office, I also enjoy bullet journaling, reading, dancing, and finding new spots to hang up my hammock in the various parks surrounding TC! 

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Alexandra Marshak
Senior Associate Director, Admission Operations

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