College Guidance

Meet the Guidance Team

Mr. Ivan Hauck

Director of College Guidance

Ivan Hauck grew up in Southern California and has lived and worked in the United States (California, Massachusetts, and Texas), Italy and England before returning home. He has spent his entire career in education, primarily as a counselor, but also as a tutor, mentor, coach, teacher, advisor, and administrator. He has worked in both high schools and universities, and is dedicated towards supporting all students in the exciting transition. He has served as an external reader for UC Berkeley and UCLA. He believes deeply in experiential education: he's never found a mountain that he didn't want to climb, a body of water he didn't want to test, or a piece of food he didn't want to try. His curiosity has taken him through over 250 colleges and universities in over 80 countries but he is most content working within the creative confines of a school, interacting with fun, professional colleagues and considering the myriad of life opportunities that await each teenager.
Mr. Hauck is a proud alumnus of UC Berkeley, where he studied Sociology and minored in Education. He also earned a master's degree in Counseling and Student Affairs at the University of San Diego, and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Northeastern University while he was working with AmeriCorps.

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Ms. Stephanie Nicolard

College Counselor

Born and raised in Southern California, Stephanie Nicolard has worked in independent schools for the past ten years. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Southern California (USC), and she earned her M.A. in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University (LMU). After completing graduate school, Nicolard began her career teaching English, coaching, and advising at boarding schools on both coasts, where she learned to appreciate the individuality and complexity of each student inside and outside of the classroom. However, her passion for working with high school seniors started a few years earlier.

During her time at USC, Ms. Nicolard volunteered with USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a program that aims to provide college access to students from low-income and oversaturated schools in the LA area. Ms. Nicolard worked with aspiring first-generation college students on their application essays and standardized test prep. As a first-generation college student herself, Ms. Nicolard has also partnered with USC’s Career Center as a mentor for current first-gen students, helping them navigate their freshman year of college. 
Ms. Nicolard is also a graduate of an all-girls high school, and she feels incredibly fulfilled working toward Archer’s mission of empowering future female leaders. She is drawn to lifelong learning and all sorts of creative and artistic endeavors: music, dance, poetry, and anything where beauty or wisdom might be hiding.

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Ms. Marla Terry

College Guidance Coordinator

Marla Terry hails from Ottawa, Canada, but moved to Los Angeles in the midst of a 15-year career in the fashion industry. In 2010, Ms. Terry had a shift in her professional goals and sought a service centered profession. This led to her first job in education as the Admissions Assistant at Westside Neighborhood School (DK-8th grade). It was there that Ms. Terry discovered her true passion for helping families navigate the admissions process, and within a couple years landed in the College Guidance office at Archer. Now in her eighth year in her current role, Ms. Terry continues to find great joy in supporting the college counselors and 10th-12th grade students and families from initial testing to final college matriculation. Within her support role, Ms. Terry acts as Archer’s liaison to Compass Education Group, One Schoolhouse, College Board, NCAA and the California Student Aid Commission. In her free time, Ms. Terry enjoys spending time with family and dreaming of her next travel destination.

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The Archer School for Girls’ mission is to educate students in an environment specifically designed for girls. As such, the school will consider any candidate for admission who identifies as a girl. Once admitted to Archer, all students in good academic standing who abide by Archer’s code of conduct and who meet requirements for graduation will be eligible to receive an Archer diploma, regardless of any change in sexual identity or other legally protected status.