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College Counseling

Meet the Team

Tim Cheney

Director of College Counseling

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Tim joined Tabor in 2016 after spending two decades serving as Director of Admission at Connecticut College and Director of College Counseling at The Williston Northampton School. Managing a college office affords him the opportunity to promote academic excellence, support personal development and self-discovery, and encourage engagement and diversity of thought on a regular basis. Tim is a member of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, the National Association of College Admission Counselors, the New England Association of College Admission Counselors, and the Boston Independent School College Counselors Association. In addition to his work in the college office, Tim works as an advisor and dorm parent in Williams House and also serves as an assistant coach with our developmental squash team during the winter season. Tim and his wife, Liz, live in Marion village with their twin children, Isabelle and Peter ‘20. He holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

Lauren Boucher

Associate Director of College Counseling

Transplanted from NH’s White Mountains, Lauren began teaching English at Tabor in 2011 after having worked at schools in Vermont, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and at nearby Friends Academy in Dartmouth. Working as a college counselor since 2013, Lauren is a member of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, the National Association of College Admission Counselors, and the Boston Independent School College Counselors Association.  In addition to her work in the college office, Lauren coordinates Tabor’s community service program. Her son, Caleb, graduated from Tabor in 2009. Lauren resides in Baxter House with her loving rescue dog, Cora. She holds a B.A. from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and an M.S.T. from the University of New Hampshire.

Mary Kate McCain

Associate Director of College Counseling

Mary Kate began her career at Boston University, where she worked in alumni relations, coordinated a summer high school program in communications, and directed freshman programming at the College of Communication, including overseeing admissions events, student orientations, and academic advising. Mary Kate was as an Outreach Counselor for Educational Talent Search in New Hampshire, a federally funded initiative that offers college and financial aid counseling to low-income students. She came to Tabor in 1996, where she has worked in the admissions office, and is a dorm parent, advisor, admissions reader, and senior projects committee member. She has worked in the College Office since 2006 and lives on campus in Glaeser House with her husband Andrew '84 and their children Gwen '15, Jack '18, Finn '21, Teag '22. Mary Kate holds a B.A. from Holy Cross and a M.Ed. from Harvard University.

Yvette Mederios

College Counseling Assistant

Yvette began working in the College Counseling Office in 1990. She enjoys working in an academic environment and the diversity and constant change that the job brings. "Each day brings new challenges and pleasant surprises." Outside of work, Yvette enjoys cooking and going to the theater, music, travel, and being around friends and family. A mother of three adult children, she lives nearby in Rochester, MA.

JJ Reydel

College Counselor

JJ Reydel joined the Tabor faculty in 1999 after teaching at the Wheeler School and Montclair-Kimberley Academy. He graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in history and later earned his master’s degree in education at Harvard University. At Tabor, he teaches two sections of Advanced US History and coaches boys’ junior varsity hockey and baseball. His wife, Anne Gardiner, is the Chair of the History Department and his son, Jackson, is a member of the Class of 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys going on all kinds of adventures with his family including traveling, going to the theater, and attending sporting events.

Derek Krein

College Counselor

Derek Krein joined the Tabor Academy community in July 2013, and currently serves as the Dean of Professional and Programmatic Growth and Development, as well as part-time College Counselor. Fueled by his love of schools, Derek has spent his career serving independent schools in many capacities: teacher, advisor, coach, admissions, residential life director, college counseling director, high school division head, and recently added “Tabor Parent” to that list.  

Mr. Krein received his M.A. from Dartmouth College and his B.A. from Connecticut College where he double majored in history and psychology, and rowed on the varsity crew for four years. He is a graduate of Kent School in Connecticut. Derek and his family live in Baxter House.


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