About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower students, serve families, and inspire greatness. We know that applying to college can be overwhelming, which is why we strive to make this process enjoyable for families. We navigate the complex, multi-year process by working one-on-one with students as early as their freshman year of high school. But it’s not just about getting into college. At the core of everything we do is a passion for helping young people find their future.

Get to Know Us

Class 101 Mesa Gilbert, Arizona is full of college planning experts who love helping students on the path to higher education. We all became a part of the Class 101 family because we want to make a difference in a young person’s life. Our various backgrounds aid us in doing this. Get to know each member of our team .

Shawn Coats, M. Ed.

Franchise Owner/College Admissions Advisor

Shawn is the owner of Class 101 Mesa-Gilbert, part of a top-ranked national organization (Class 101) offering proven, highly-skilled and very affordable assistance to high school students in making decisions on college and careers. A former high school Administrator, Shawn has assisted many students in setting goals and coaching them to realize their full potential. With her deep knowledge of the full college planning process – from raising current grades and test scores to identifying colleges that fit a student’s interests and a family’s budget, Shawn is an invaluable leader in the industry. She is a certified college planner with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego. Additionally, she has an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Prior to successfully launching Class 101’s Mesa/Gilbert franchise in 2016, Shawn spent seven years as an Administrator for one of Arizona’s largest charter school systems; she specialized in working with high school students on individualized career action plans (ECAP) to assist them in planning their futures and mentoring them to achieve those goals. Shawn is genuinely committed to helping each student excel and provides the metrics and support to guide them in the right direction. She seamlessly parlayed her high school and post-secondary planning expertise into one of the fastest- growing Class 101 franchises by sharing her comprehensive professional knowledge and approachable demeanor with hundreds of Arizona students and their families throughout the state. Using data-driven results from each student’s customized online portal page, Shawn and her team specifically address areas of needed improvement, thereby enhancing their college and career marketability. Through this proven one-on-one mentoring process, the student learns the importance of accountability both for college and life in general. Not only does mentoring the student help families maintain a healthy relationship with their teen, it also saves them money by increasing opportunities (E.g., including scholarship awards and improved test scores) and avoiding decisions that may have a negative impact on the student/family (E.g., selecting a school that isn’t a good fit, given the student’s interest/major/career goals). Shawn’s a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Arizona School Counselors Association, Arizona College Access Network, Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling, and National Association for College Admissions Counseling.                              

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Shawn Coats, M. Ed.



Power Road Suite 101 - C4, Mesa, AZ 85215

Our Students Say It Best


Kimberly Halloran, Parent
Shawn was instrumental in Drew’s college application process. She helped him find the best fit for his personality and academic goals. She set him on the right path to succeed!
She’s amazing!

Drew Halloran


My experiences at Class 101 have all been outstanding! Shawn Coats, the owner of Class 101, has always gone above and beyond to help me succeed. Between help perfecting essays for scholarships to polishing my resume and CV, the advice and tips I’ve gotten from Class 101 have made my applications stand out amongst others. Shawn always has the end goals of her students in mind, and knows exactly how to answer all of my questions. I highly recommend Class 101 if you need help with scholarship and/or college applications, as well as any other general academic questions.

Alyssa Kelley Inorio

University of Arizona


I highly recommend Class 101 Mesa Gilbert. Everyone there helped me so much. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without them.

RJ Jennings

Brigham Young University

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