School First

Linda K. Talton, M.Ed.

Founding President

My commitment is to work with you in building healthy school communities that support faculty, staff, and families. I know that admissions, diversity, equity, and inclusion need to be aligned in an effort to create the ideal school environment; one where everyone thrives.
In my placement work, I specialize in nursery school through college. I take a student-first approach, with a firm conviction that a school must match a student’s learning style and interests. I am passionate about supporting families as they navigate the admissions process within schools throughout the country. My extensive experience in student recruitment and retention enables me to work closely with families to understand and weigh the benefits of an individual school’s unique qualities. Finding the right fit when it comes to both academics and community is vital to student success.
I have had the pleasure of serving as Director of Admissions at Corlears School in New York, as well as San Francisco Day School and Live Oak School both in San Francisco. I have also worked in placement roles at The School at Columbia in New York and for Metropolitan Education Consulting Group, Washington, D.C. In these positions, my task was to ensure families were fully equipped with all they needed for their students to succeed.
As a search consultant, I have successfully placed a diverse group of teachers and administrators in independent schools throughout the country. My personal attention ensures long-lasting placements that benefit each candidate as well as the schools.
Being a parent to my son Jacob is what brings me the greatest joy. He is currently a student at Howard University and remains front of mind as I support families. I know first hand what it feels like to see one’s child wake up in the morning full of joy as they head off to a school that best matches their social, emotional and academic needs. I also get great pleasure from a long outdoor run and from traveling with friends and family. I live between New York City and Miami with my dog Jazzy.