Mimi is an advocate for children and teenagers and believes that in the college admissions process, knowledge is power. It is her mission to make applications and admissions less stressful by fully informing students as well as supporting them in presenting their true selves. Her two daughters are successful college graduates having experienced Application Boot Camp® in their own college admissions journeys.
Michele has been featured in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs including Newsweek, Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Atlantic Monthly, The Today Show, CNN, and MSNBC and is an ongoing contributor to The Huffington Post. As an assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth College for four years and the academic dean of a private high school in South Florida, Michele has crafted a unique angle for assisting students in gaining admission to the most selective colleges, incorporating her “inside perspective” on the admissions adventure. Dr. Hernández graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College and went on to earn a Master’s degree in English and Comparative literature from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Education (EdD) from Nova Southeastern. She is married to Bruce Bayliss, former headmaster of the International School in Portland, Oregon. They have two children, three golden retrievers and a Gordon Setter. In her non-existent spare time, Michele enjoys stargazing with her Dobsonian telescope, winter mountaineering and reading obsessively.