Meet the Office

Friends' Central juniors and seniors are assigned alphabetically or by homeroom to one of our three college counselors. The counselors meet regularly as a group to discuss all members of the junior and senior classes. Students are welcome to seek out any member of the College Counseling team anytime with questions or concerns in person or at Calder office phone number: 610-645-5100
Kimberley Lewis office phone number: 610-645-4483
Tyler Clauson-Wolf office phone number: 610-645-5133

Grant Calder

Co-Director of College Counseling 

University of Pennsylvania - BA
University of Pennsylvania - MA
American Institute of Certified Educational Planners - Certified Educational Planner

Grant began his college counseling career supporting primarily first-generation college applicants under the aegis of the Ellis Trust. He has also worked for many years with Bennett International Education Consultancy. Grant taught history at Choate Rosemary Hall and German at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught both subjects in the Upper School at Friends' Central. A Quaker school product himself and parent of two Friends' Central alumni, Grant feels strongly that Friends values undergird some of the best educational institutions in the country and that many of the colleges and universities to which Friends' Central students regularly apply recognize the value of our rich intellectual and spiritual legacy.

Kimberley Lewis

Co-Director of College Counseling 

Immaculata College - BA
Drexel University - MS

Kimberley comes to Friends' Central's College Counseling team after having worked in senior college admissions positions at Drexel University, Bryn Mawr College, and Cabrini University. Kimberley also spent several years on the college counseling side as Director of Outreach and Engagement at Philadelphia Futures.

Tyler Clauson-Wolf

Associate Director of College Counseling 

Dickinson College - BA

For the past three years, Tyler was a member of the admissions office at Haverford College. While there, he worked on various access and diversity initiatives. He was also the admissions liaison for the Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Music. Tyler previously worked at Friends’ Central in our Lower School, and he has also been a coach.

Calder's Corner

The following articles by FCS College Counselor Grant Calder been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Independent School Magazine, The Huffington Post, and the Friends' Central website.