Best Choice guides help parents find the best options for their children if they are struggling academically, socially, behaviorally or otherwise. – schools troubled teens and Christian boarding schools.

Our Guides

Our Guides help parents and guardians find the best options for their children if they are struggling academically, socially, behaviorally or otherwise. We have a real understanding of the challenges our youth face today and have developed a very sincere and genuine passion for helping both children and their parents. We have worked within such programs and we visit them regularly.

It is through our firsthand experiences and involvement in these schools that we remain dedicated to the ever growing need for boarding school and therapeutic programs. We listen to the parents and assess their child’s behaviors, grades and needs. There are so many different options available today it can become overwhelming for parents, which is why we are here to help! We understand their need to narrow down the abundance of choices.

When parents call us; we will listen, assess, direct and assist. We will spend as much as time as necessary answering a parent’s questions and giving them as much information as needed in order for them to have complete peace of mind during this process. We know how difficult this situation can be, especially for teens who have been expelled or have other behavioral or academic problems. Our knowledge, experience and understanding is the key to matching a child’s needs to exactly the right program or school. Finding a place that offers the proper academics, treatment (if needed), location, cost and length of stay can be solved with one simple phone call from parents, instead of dozens and dozens.

Meet Our Placement Guides

scott-largeScott Smith — Director
Scott was for nearly a decade the Admissions Director of a large boarding school for troubled teens. Today, he leads the BCN team, visits schools across the nation, and also works with parents to help them find the right program the first time, and within the family’s budget.
tara-akersTara Akers — Senior Placement Specialist
Tara Akers worked as the Admissions Director of a large midwestern boarding school. Before that, she was employed by a firm that provided consulting and marketing services for various schools throughout the nation. She enjoys helping parents find the right program or school.
kaitlyn freyKaitlyn Frey — Placement Specialist
Kaitlyn worked with the admissions department of  a large boarding school for troubled teens for several years. She loves giving parents hope that there is something out there to help their teenager, no matter the situation!
robin-goodeRobin Goode — Senior Placement Specialist
After experiencing the confusion and pain of her own son getting in trouble as a teenager a decade ago, Robin was drawn to help other families find the appropriate school or program for their own teenager. Robin’s mission is to never give up on a family; assuring that they find an affordable appropriate program or school for their child.
Lisa Johnson — Placement Assistant
Lisa Johnson has several years experience helping out families that are in need, including serving as a Deputy Public Administrator . Lisa loves helping families find hope and encouragement for their families in their time of need. She loves enjoying the outdoors with her family!
jenniferJennifer Del-Giudice — Placement Specialist
Jennifer has worked with or been associated with therapeutic boarding schools for most of her life. She is a tenacious and tireless expert at helping parents find the right one for their budget and their teenager’s situation. She is also the Founder of a new therapeutic boarding school for girls in Orlando, Florida, called Providence Pass.
alyssaAlyssa — Placement Assistant
Alyssa and her family worked in a boarding school for five years, so she understands how these schools can positively affect teens and their  families. She works specifically with parents who have been considering a boarding school for quite a while. Alyssa makes sure these families find the best program for their child, offering hope and encouragement to these families.
heatherHeather — Placement Assistant
Heather is a mom of six children. She worked with her husband in a boarding school for troubled teens for five years, so she has seen first-hand the success stories of kids and courage of parents. Heather’s two sons-in-law are former boarding school students and are hard workers and great husbands and fathers! Heather is married to  Jason, who has been in the pastoral ministry for 20 years.  Together they have helped countless families and most enjoys helping families find answers and options when they feel hopeless.

Katelyn — Placement Assistant
Katelyn is a former director of a large after-school program in Washington. She has a compassionate heart for children and teens, and understands how a positive influence helps the entire family.
Penny — Placement Assistant
Penny has worked in children’s residential care with her husband for over 16 years helping children and teens at risk. She has focused on admissions, helping families in need. Penny finds it fulfilling to help parents place their child in an environment that will bring healing and restoration for their family.



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