Dr. Mae Sakharov received her Doctorate of Curriculum and Teaching with Highest Honors from the Teachers College of Columbia University, where she also earned a Master of Arts in early childhood special education and a Master of Education in learning disabilities.  She received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in reading and children's literature from San Francisco State University.

After working in graduate admissions at Columbia University, Dr. Sakharov began her career as an college counselor as the founder of MLS (Multi/Learning Services), a learning center in Brooklyn, one of the first learning centers in the United States that served over 300 clients per week. Her work has been featured on ABC's 20/20, Dateline NBC, and CNN, and she has appeared on WOR's Community Affairs, ESPN and PBS.  

MLS became known for its outstanding college placements, first-rate test preparation, and its ability to work with students from the gifted to those with specific special needs. Dr. Sakharov has taught special education, writing and psychology at NYU, SUNY, and College of New Rochelle and has trained teachers on the college level at TCNJ, College of New Rochelle, and Bucks County Community College.

In 1995, Dr. Sakharov was selected by a consortium of service organizations as one of the first Americans to teach English to Vietnamese students where she spent six months teaching English at an orphanage.

Since 1996 Dr. Sakharov has served as a member of the part-time Faculty at Bucks County Community College, and has developed curriculum for courses in online learning in the departments of Behavioral and Social Sciences and The Integration of Knowledge.  In 2009 she participated in Donna Karan’s groundbreaking Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program where she continues as a mentor and guide.

A highly-regarded writer on the college admissions process, Sakharov’s extensive background in the performing arts, higher education, special education, and essay writing has added immeasurably to her success working with a wide range of student needs, bringing an innate sensitivity to individual differences.