Armando Diaz strongly believes in the transformative nature of a college education. Being a first-generation college student himself, he knows that the pathway to college is more than just an individual pursuit. He knows that each individual student he works with represents the hopes, dreams, and ambitions of an entire family as well.
Armando began working in 1999 as a high-school English teacher, then transitioned into school counseling in 2008. Since 2008, he has helped thousands of high-school students through the college admissions process and takes tremendous pride in helping each student find the right college fit for their interests and goals.
In 2017, Armando began teaching in the UC Berkeley Extension College Admissions and Advising Program, where he trained counselors all over the world in sound, ethical college admissions strategies. In 2020 he earned the Most Inspirational Instructor Award for his work in guiding both school counselors and Independent Educational Consultants (IECs) in the field. He concluded that work in 2022, and now along with his full-time work in a high school setting, he collaborates with the Catholic School Advantage team at the University of Notre Dame in mentoring educators, supporting schools in working with 1st-gen students, and providing educational support for students of color.
Armando combines excellent writing and editing skills to his practice and a solid command of the college-admissions process. He places a strong emphasis on ethics in the college admission process, and values the unique partnership that comes with working with students and families through this exciting journey. His areas of speciality include the personal statement writing process, editing, applications to all colleges (particularly private colleges), 1st-generation support, and consideration of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) when discerning college choices. His experience in counseling allows him to factor in the “human side” of college admissions; making sure students understand and take command of this process as an important part of their personal growth as a young adult.
Armando earned his BA in English from UC Davis and three degrees from Saint Mary’s College of California (teaching credential, MA in Counseling, and PPS). He is a member of the Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC), the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) and the California Association of School Counselors (CASC).
In his spare time, Armando enjoys running, spending time with his wife and three daughters, collaborating with his Notre Dame friends, and following Notre Dame football. Go Irish!