College Search Guidance is a subsidiary of Chicago School GPS, a school search company originally started by 3 Chicago moms. Read more about Chicago School GPS here.

Meet the Team

Grace Lee Sawin

As a self-described “Tiger Mom Lite”, Grace has always felt that the most important role of a parent is to provide the best possible education for her children by putting in all the time and research required to successfully make that happen.  Little did she know HOW MUCH time and research she would have to do in order to get her daughters into a sought-after private Montessori for preschool, then into a well-regarded regional gifted center elementary program followed by a top selective enrollment high school and an Ivy League university.  

Throughout the years, Grace has seen the school choice landscape change in Chicago with more options for all types of students.  She thrives on uncovering these nuggets of wisdom and “hidden” info that others simply don’t have time to uncover.  She is excited to share that info with you as she firmly believes a great education is a right, not a privilege.  It just so happens in the City of Chicago, it’s a “right” that takes an inordinate amount of research.

Grace grew up attending public schools in suburban Washington, DC. She studied architecture at Cornell University and moved to Chicago in the mid-90’s. As she and her husband have raised their two daughters in the city, she still finds herself delving deeper and enjoying her quest to uncover hidden gems and enrichment opportunities for Chicago families.

Ginger Hecht

After moving from Europe back to Chicago with her first child in tow, Ginger did not realize how difficult it was to navigate the pathways of the Chicago school system.  The hours it took to settle in from an international move and also start to look for schools was a bit overwhelming, as was the realization that walking to your local school was out of the question at the time.  After much research and angst, her sons were accepted into a wonderful private school on the North Side where they could walk to school, then to both private and selective enrollment high schools, and her sons are now in college on the east coast and the midwest. She has been very active in the school community, and would like to share her experiences and knowledge with families on their school journeys, especially the ever-changing high school search.

Growing up in suburban Chicago and attending a small private college, she knows what a good education should look like and has strived to find the same for her boys.   With a background in marketing, fundraising and sales, and a wide network contacts, Ginger brings her breadth of experiences to understanding the complex world of school admissions.