Independent Educational Consultant in Ankeny, IA

Diana Hawkins

Independent Educational Consultant

What do I enjoy most about being a college consultant?

Visiting colleges and sharing information about a school’s culture and the variety of opportunities with college-bound teens. Watching them delight in the possibilities is the most rewarding aspect of my job.


    • BA, Communication Studies, Television, and Film, University of Iowa
    • Certificate, Independent Educational Consulting, University of California-Irvine

Professional Experience

    • A frequent presenter at workshops in high schools and businesses
    • 25+ year member and past president of P.E.O. International, a philanthropic educational association devoted to supporting education for women

Diana has a passion for helping students discover the colleges that fit their unique talents and interests. She successfully coached students through their college search for several years prior to joining the College Connectors team. Her greatest satisfaction comes from sharing her knowledge with students and witnessing their excitement as their educational paths emerge.

Diana is the parent of two young adults. Outside of work she enjoys recreational activities that include: a good game of cribbage, biking Iowa trails, and bareboat sailing Caribbean waters with her family.

If you could be a candy bar, what would you be, and why? Snickers Reliable and ready for an adventure.

We really feel this process has given him even more opportunity to take ownership with the “homework” he has and you keeping him accountable for it. It’s something that would be way too easy to get put on the back burner if we were doing it on our own, so we want to emphasize how much we feel that we made the right decision to use your services. Thank you!