Dr. Mae Sakharov, Ed.D

College, Graduate School & Career Counseling

Educational care at its finest for college and beyond 


About Dr. Mae Sakharov

Dr. Mae Sakharov received her Doctorate of Curriculum and Teaching (Ed.D) 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.

"I am proud of the people I have worked with over the years. They are making significant contributions now and for future generations."

MLS (Multi/Learning Services) in Brooklyn

After working in graduate admissions at Columbia University, Dr. Mae began her career as a college counselor by founding one of the first learning centers in the United States, MLS (Multi/Learning Services) in Brooklyn, serving over 300 clients per week.  Her work has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, Dateline NBC, and CNN, ESPN and PBS. 

MLS became known for its outstanding college placements...

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. Mae 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. Selected as Outstanding Member of Part Time Faculty twice in 2017-18 and 2020-21.

Writer, teacher, mentor, guide...

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

Dr. Mae is a highly regarded writer on the college admissions process. Her extensive background in the performing arts, higher education, special education, and essay writing supports her innate sensitivity and adds immeasurably to her success to working with a wide range of individual client needs.

Opening Doors

"Mae has spent her life opening doors for others. With a Doctorate in Education, her career includes working with vulnerable beings: special education, children and families in Vietnam, hospital therapy in Haiti, cancer patients, and pet adoptions. Mae makes heroic rescues a way of life. She's been featured on 20/20, Dateline, and CNN; and likes to talk about how to keep doing her work; inspiring others, and helping make their dreams come true."

The Early Years

Busy times at MLS Learning Center

Working the way towards a doctorate as a single parent 1978

Dr. Sakharov believes that "your life is your own sculpture." She helps students to develop the "artist within" and to create the lives they were meant to live.