Meet The Team
Meet Our Counselors
Sarah Graham joined Princeton Day School as Director of College Counseling in 2009. She began her career working as an admissions officer at Princeton University before transitioning to college counseling, serving as Associate Director of College Counseling at The Hun School. In addition, she spent nine years on the Executive Board for the New Jersey Association for College Admissions Counseling, regularly volunteering for several college access programs for underrepresented populations - including five years as co-Director of the New Jersey Camp College program. She has presented on panels at admissions conferences throughout the country, served on multiple college admissions advisory boards, and has taught as an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey since 2014. She loves guiding students through the journey of applying to college, finding it particularly rewarding to help students reflect on their genuine interests as they chart a course for life beyond PDS. Outside of school, Ms. Graham enjoys being active outside, spending time with family, and cooking (especially new vegetarian experiments!). She has a BA from Princeton University in Public and International Affairs and an MA in Counseling from The College of New Jersey.
Ryan, a native of the area and graduate of Notre Dame High school, joined Princeton Day School as Associate Director of College Counseling in 2020. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years in the Office of Admission at both Gettysburg College and Villanova University. In addition, Ryan has been a member of both NACAC--the National Association of College Admission Counseling-- and PACAC--the Pennsylvania state equivalent--sitting on the Professional Development Committee where he served as the co-chair, coordinating workshops and programs for secondary and higher education professionals to better meet the needs of their students. He has attended and presented at many professional conferences, gaining valuable insight into trends. Ryan loves connecting with students to help them identify their right "fit" when choosing a college, as well as making the journey as smooth as possible. Outside of school, Ryan enjoys swimming, spending as much time at the shore as possible, and will never turn down a bowl of mac and cheese! He has a BA in Psychology, and a minor in Health Sciences, from Gettysburg College and a MS in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University.
When Allison joined the Princeton Day School college counseling team in 2021 as an Associate Director, she brought with her fifteen years of experience and a passion for working with high school students. In 2005 she earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University, and she continues to love languages, literature, and cross-cultural conversations. She spent the first part of her career in college admissions, shaping the incoming classes for Lasell College and later Franklin & Marshall College. Allison most recently worked for six years at an all-girls independent school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As is typical at a small school, she wore many hats, serving as the Assistant Director of College Counseling, the Registrar, an English teacher, and the dean for the class of 2020. Allison is currently working on her thesis for an M.Ed. in English from Millersville University. The thesis, a joint venture in English and Disability Studies, focuses on innovative portrayals of anxiety in contemporary young adult literature. In her spare time, Allison loves to read, spend time with her family and pets, and participate in community choruses or theater. She is energized by getting to know students and helping them tell their stories.
Darling returned to Princeton Day School in 2018. As a first generation college student who went through the college process at Princeton Day School herself, she was excited at the prospect of making a difference throughout this pivotal process for juniors and seniors. She loves being a support system for students, helping them find their passions and encouraging them to enjoy their high school years as much as possible. She has attended new counselor workshops and has been a part of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, where she oversees blogging, social media and affinity groups for counselors throughout the country. She is an advisor, faculty advisor for the LINK yearbook, and most recently became the Upper School CMDT Representative. She cares deeply about all students, but hopes to bring together her college counseling work with DEI work to support first generation students and students of color through the college process. When she isn’t at PDS, she loves to spend time with her family and enjoys going on walks with her two dogs, particularly during her favorite season - fall! As a native Spanish speaker, she loves learning about different cultures, practicing her French and listening to music in different languages when she’s out for a run. She earned a BA in French and Public Health from Muhlenberg College, and she is so happy to have found her way back to Princeton Day School.