Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura brings an unusually varied background in arts and athletics to her consulting work with Bennett. A PTR certified tennis coach and a Rutgers University Certified Youth Sports coach, she was on staff at Princeton Day School for eight years, where coaching young athletes developed her expertise in working with students of varied skills and her own ability to understand and manage parents’ expectations. Her coaching also afforded her the opportunity to acquaint herself with numerous private schools in the northeast of the United States. In addition to her coaching at PDS and at Stuart Country Day School’s summer camp, Trudy has been a long-standing volunteer with Princeton Special Sports teen programs for autistic and Down Syndrome children.
Trudy joined Bennett in 2010 and has become a seasoned consultant since then. She works with families relocating internationally, most often with those coming to the United States or Canada. Her particular area of expertise is the very busy greater New York City region. Since joining Bennett, she has developed connections with many New York private schools and has established a close working relationship with their admissions offices. She has also earned membership in IECA, the Independent Education Consultants Association, which represents the highest standards for education consulting.
A graduate of Philadelphia College of Art with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Trudy has also been a jewelry designer for Cartier and David Yurman and now runs her own jewelry design business, in addition to consulting with Bennett. She served on the board of Princeton University Museum of Art from 2009 to 2015, and her own work is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt Museum of the Smithsonian Institute.
Trudy and her husband, a Japanese-born naturalized citizen, have raised their children in Princeton, NJ, where they have lived since 1986. She is particularly sensitive to the differences between education “cultures,” and to helping clients understand and traverse these differences when entering U.S. schools.
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