Nichelle Passanisi

Associate Director of College Counseling
Dominican University of California, MS
University of California, Santa Barbara, BA
email: nichelle.passanisi [at] sonomaacademy.org
phone: (707) 636-2454

Nichelle says she loves her job at Sonoma Academy “because I get to guide students through an important and exciting time in their lives, the college admission process. Being a tiny piece of these students’ futures is very fulfilling.” Beyond that, Nichelle appreciates the accepting environment and the deep relationships between faculty, staff, and students at our school.

Nichelle got her BA in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She continued her education at Dominican University, where she received her MS in Education. Before she began working at Sonoma Academy, Nichelle worked in college admissions for almost 15 years at a variety of California universities.

In her free time, Nichelle plays in a competitive bocce league, which has been a passion of hers for over ten years. She also enjoys teaching infant and toddler survival swimming lessons and spending time with her two daughters and her dog, Muttley.
I get to guide students through an important and exciting time in their lives, the college admission process. Being a tiny piece of these students’ futures is very fulfilling.

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Sonoma Academy is the only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On our beautiful campus nestled at the base of Taylor Mountain in Southeastern Santa Rosa, our students are able to explore their interests and passions in a rigorous and inspiring environment that develops a lifelong love of learning and prepares them for college and beyond.