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Meet the Team

At The Wardlaw + Hartridge School we have two full-time college counselors available to work with our students and families on the ever-shifting college landscape. The College Counseling Office provides opportunities for students and families to learn more about all aspects of the college admission process. Our goal is to ensure that our graduates have the skills and knowledge to navigate the college process effectively so that they can make the best selection for their undergraduate experience. 

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Christopher Teare

Director of College Counseling

Chris Teare joined W+H after decades as an independent school college counselor and more recent experience in college admissions.  For 40 years, he has worked with families in excellent schools in Philadelphia, Brussels, Brooklyn, Massachusetts, Florida, and the US Virgin Islands.  In college admissions, he recruited students for Drew University.  Also trained in journalism, Chris has worked in broadcasting and written for a variety of publications, most recently contributing to

Chris was on the founding executive committee for the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), is a member of that organization, as well as of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC). He is the only college counselor on both the Fiske College Guide Editorial Advisory Group and the Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board.


Sarah Honan joined W+H after over a decade of working in higher education and college admissions. After graduating from George Washington University in 2008, Sarah began  in college admissions at DePaul University. She later joined the undergraduate admissions team at Fordham University where she oversaw recruitment data management and analytics. After completing her Master's in Education Policy from Teachers College at Columbia University, Sarah transitioned to the non-profit space serving as the Director of Operations for Cooperman College Scholars.

Sarah currently serves as an Advisory Committee Member for the Education Pioneers Greater NY Alumni Board, a mentor for the National Scholarship Partners Association, and a member of the New Jersey Association of College Admission Counseling.


Sarah Whittemore Honan

Associate Director of College Counseling

Debbie Ruzanski


Debbie Ruzanski joined W+H in the 2010-2011 school year as the Upper School Administrative Assistant. In 2018, Debbie moved over to the College Counseling Office as the Registrar.

Prior to working at Wardlaw+Hartridge, she came from a number of years at Middlesex High School in the Guidance Office, taking care of student transcripts and processing college applications, coordinating college representative visits and conferences, as well as handling student awards.

Previously, she worked as a lab technician for over 10 years at Merck & Co. in Research and Development and several years at Boyle-Midway in Quality Control.


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