About Us

EmilyBW200Emily Gallagher is the creator of My College Game Plan, College Application Café, and founder of Edge Academics & Athletics, LLC.  Concerned that high school families and students often lack key information and adequate preparation for high school and college, Emily has sought to bridge the gap between hopes and experience by developing a program for academic and collegiate success.  Today’s choices do affect tomorrow’s possibilities, and Emily is excited to share her professional educational wisdom with individual families and small groups.

She shares 9 years of independent college counseling guidance and over 18 years of secondary instructional expertise with families seeking an academic edge preparing for high school and college.  She has taught English, history, and basketball to over a thousand young people, and has guided hundreds of high school juniors and seniors through the college application maze.  Her unique background as a scholar-athlete provides invaluable insight in relating with students and inspiring them to reach their potential.  From study skills to test taking, from essay writing to critical thinking, students and parents describe Emily’s teaching and knowledge of educational systems as caring,  passionate, and effective.


Emily honed her professional skills as teacher, mentor, and coach by:

• Earning a Master’s in Education from Harvard University 1994
• Receiving a BA in History from Stanford University in 1989
• Teaching at elite, college-prep high schools such as Castilleja School (Palo Alto, CA), Piedmont HS (Oakland, CA), The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (Durham, NC), and Edmonds-Woodway HS (Edmonds, WA)
• Directing youth basketball camps through her Mini-Hoopers clinics
• Guiding dozens of high school students through the college application process
• Coaching high school athletes
• Earning a four-year athletic scholarship (basketball) to Stanford University
• Garnering All PAC-10 Academic Honors
• Named class valedictorian and Michigan’s Player of the Year in 1985


Emily Wagner Gallagher grew up as a tom-boy in suburban Detroit in the 1970s and 80s playing whatever sport was in season (baseball, soccer, football, basketball, and swimming) on the heels of Title IX legislation.  As a 4th grader, Emily dreamed of becoming a college basketball player, and dedicated herself to becoming the best student-athlete she could be. Graduating as her high school’s valedictorian and named Michigan’s top female basketball player in 1985, the Parade All-American won a full-athletic scholarship to Stanford University where she played under Coach Tara VanDerveer.  While at Stanford (1985-89), Emily overcame two near-career ending injuries to assist the Stanford program’s rise to national prominence.  As a PAC-10 All-Academic selection, Emily played on a Pac-10 Championship team and twice participated in the NCAA Tournament.  After graduating, Gallagher earned a Master’s in Education from Harvard, and subsequently taught and coached in the high school ranks for 18 years, both in northern California, Durham, NC, and Edmonds, WA.  Founder of Edge Academics & Athletics in 2009, she currently serves on the board of the Shoreline Sports Foundation and lives in Lake Forest Park, WA with her husband and two children.

Pam Borromeo, writing coach, has been working with high school and college students on their writing for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Law and Justice and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies. She received a Masters in Education from the University of Washington focusing in multiethnic curriculum and instruction and literacy. She has taught students spanning the spectrum – inner-city, Native Hawaiian homelands, university undergraduates, and internationally renowned college preparatory schools in both Hawai`i and the Seattle Metro areas. She has worked in education and the business sector and has been published in literary as well as research publications.offers years of teaching expertise to parents and students.   For Bay Area participants, she’ll be a strong electronic presence via text, phone, and Skype, while for Seattle clients, she’ll make the trek from Edmonds to Lake Forest Park, home of the Café.