Meet our College Counselors
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. Our college counselors provide an array of programs aimed to meet the needs of our students and their families. Read below to learn more about our college counseling team.
Director of College Counseling
908-754-1882, Ext. 299
Chris Teare joined W+H after decades as an independent school college counselor and more recent experience in college admissions. 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 Forbes.com.
Chris was on the founding executive committee for the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, and is the only college counselor on both the Fiske College Guide Editorial Advisory Group and the Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board.
Russell W. Althouse
Associate Director of College Counseling
908-754-1882 Ext. 181
Russell joined The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in July 2015 with more than ten years of college admission experience. Before joining Wardlaw-Hartridge, he worked for Arcadia University, Binghamton University, and Bucknell University. While in college admission, Russell has read and evaluated thousands of applications, traveled across the United States to recruit students, served in liaison roles for Army ROTC and LGBTQ students, and worked with students interested in engineering as well as the visual and performing arts.
Russell is an active member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the New Jersey Association of College Admission Counseling (NJACAC), the Pennsylvania Association of College Admission Counseling (PACAC), and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). He has planned many professional development workshops for PACAC, co-Chaired the PACAC Professional Development Committee, and Chaired the PACAC Ad-Hoc Committee for Technology. Russell has also presented on various topics at the PACAC, NJACAC, and NACAC Annual Conferences.
In 2010, he was awarded the Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Students Through University or Community Service by the State University of New York College Admissions Professionals (SUNYCAP) and in 2016 he was awarded PACAC Honorary Membership for Outstanding Contribution/Leadership.
In addition to college counseling at Wardlaw+ Hartridge, Russell is Co-Advisor for the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) and the Stage Manager for the theatre productions.