A Beijing native with eight years of studying abroad experiences, Nini remains true to her “dudish” northerner personality.
At the age of 14, Nini left Beijing Jingshan School to begin her journey abroad. She completed four years of high school career at a private boarding school Tabor Academy in Massachusetts, US and graduated as the valedictorian of her class. Nini was accepted early with full scholarship into Princeton University in New Jersey, US, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and East Asian Studies, along with Certificates in Finance and Korean Language. During college, She spent two semesters abroad in South Korea at Yonsei University and Seoul National University, respectively, for intensive language training and senior thesis research.
Nini interned at JP Morgan Chase & Co’s New York office as an investment banking analyst during her sophomore summer at Princeton. Upon graduation, she began her career as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley’s Hong Kong office. After two years in the finance industry, she decided to switch career upon receiving a master degree from the Journalism and Media Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong, and joined Phoenix InfoNews Channel as an International News Subeditor. Nini subsequently transferred to CNN International in 2009, where she worked as a Planning Producer and Digital Media Producer on live broadcasts and features programs. During her career in media, Nini also worked as a part-time digital brand strategist in the 360° Digital Influence department at Ogilvy & Mather.
Nini left CNN in early 2012 to build her own digital media company, QI Post Limited, which brings a multi-city perspective to urban living topics for the jet-setting Chinese travelers around the globe. After moving back to Beijing in 2013, she is working on her second venture, Shang Learning, a boutique learning center that provides private families in China industry intelligence, comprehensive assessment, individualized curriculum, and independent advisory throughout the child’s development.
Nini is the China Representative for Tabor Academy and the former Chair of Alumni Students Committee for Princeton University overseeing alumni interviews in northern China. She is also a certified professional member of the Independent Education Consultant Association (IECA). She’s been interviewed by various domestic and international media including CNN, GQ, The Economist, CCTV, Studying Abroad, etc.
Since 1986, Hamilton has worked in a variety of schools in varying capacities. Having attended St. Mark’s School, a boarding School in Massachusetts, he is very familiar with boarding school life. He has worked in three boarding schools – The Thacher School in California, The Oregon Episcopal School, Portland and the Leysin American School in Switzerland. He has also worked at two other international schools. Hamilton’s primary focus has been on college and university admission to institutions in the US, UK, Canada and other countries. With his experience in boarding schools in the US and overseas, Hamilton also works with families interested in exploring options for boarding school whether Junior and/or High School.
Deeply involved in college counseling, Hamilton is a long-standing member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC). Mr. Gregg has served on the Current Trends and Future Issues Committee at of NACAC and as President of OACAC for two consecutive terms.
Hamilton is a member of The Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and an official Member of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA). As a member of these two organizations and NACAC, Hamilton is bound by a strict code of ethical procedures and practices. This year, Hamilton became an associate member of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).
Helping students and their families find schools that fit their personal and educational needs is the primary focus and passion of his business.
Matthew has been working as an educator, both in the US and in Asia for more than nine years. He holds an MA in Education (TESOL), K- 12 New York State teaching certification and has a variety of international education experience with various age groups.
His first experience as an educator began while serving in Americorps, where he piloted programs in financial literacy, resume writing and interview preparation for young adults in New York City. He attributes this experience as a gateway to truly learning how a mentor’s patience and understanding can bring out the most in someone and help give them the confidence to develop and execute their goals.
With a desire to gain both teaching experience and cross cultural understanding, he then moved to Seoul, South Korea where he taught English as a second language. After spending some time in a teacher- training role, he opted to return to New York so that he could pursue a formal degree and teaching certification through the New York City Teaching Fellows program.
In 2008 he moved to Beijing to work as part of the British Council’s IELTS examinations team. He has since expanded his work more broadly to include Academic English training with a focus on students that are transitioning from local Chinese schools to international schools. He has been working with Western Academy of Beijing’s admissions department to carry out ESOL assessments since 2010 and with two educational consulting companies providing admissions guidance and tailored courses that represent an American university experience.
Matthew works with students in the Shang Learning Interview Preparation course as well as the Reading and Writing course. He strives to create an atmosphere in which students combine critical and creative thinking with focus and execution.
Lei is a cross-cultural educator bridging the youth in both China and the US.
Born into a family of educators, Lei spent twelve years at Beijing Jingshan School and departed to study English Media and Communications at Macau University when she turned eighteen. During her undergraduate years, she was the Chair of Campus Life Communications for four consecutive terms, organizing cross-border conferences and galas to facilitate conversations between local communities and students from HK and Mainland. Lei was also a founding member of the college newspaper, and spearheaded the production of a cross-cultural themed mini-film named “1112”.
Upon receiving her bachelor degree, Lei was accepted into the mass communication department at Towson University in the US. Not only did she graduate early from her master program, but she also received a second master from the department of education, and subsequently, the highly competitive teaching certificate to formally embark on an educational career.
Since college, Lei has assumed various positions in media and education, including an editorial post at the Macau Post, associate producer of the “E-digital” and “Parents Club” for Beijing Education TV Channel, private tutoring positions at six high schools in the US. Lei also founded a Chinese teaching academy, MANDARIN 123, the first and only private institution teaching Chinese language in the Harford County. Her personable and interactive teaching style has gained her a loyal clientele among the local community, an effective channel for insights into US students, culture and cross-cultural pedagogical methodologies.
Before joining Shang Learning, Lei was the Head Chinese Teacher at John Carroll High School in Maryland, responsible for language teaching as well as campus life for overseas Chinese students. Through this, Lei has accumulated first-hand knowledge on how to best succeed as a foreign student both inside and outside the classroom, making her an invaluable mentor in guiding students to best adapt their academic and lives abroad.
Ta-Wei is an education industry professional from Seattle, Washington with over a decade of education management experience. He graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, with a degree in Law, Society and Social Policy and a minor in Social Justice.
While at university, Ta-Wei served roles on the Executive Board for Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, the world’s largest internationally recognized Asian American Interest Fraternity with over 55+ Chapters across North America. As the Brotherhood Chair as well as the Community Service Chair, he frequently spoke as the philanthropic voice of the organization, raising awareness for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) as well as organizing other community events such as the Walk for Rice, Hiroshima for Hope, Habitat for Humanity, and Adopt-a-Road. Ta-Wei also performed nationally in Step Shows at various cultural awareness and brotherhood events. On campus, Ta-Wei was a member of various organizations to include the Taiwanese Student Association (TSA), Khmer Student Association (KhSA), United Greek Council (UGC) and the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association (ITASA). Being an avid philanthropist, Ta-Wei additionally served as a board member for the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation, creating opportunities for local youth to develop leadership, diversity and community-building skills in the API community and abroad. Furthermore, to maintain his physical and mental discipline, Ta-Wei served as a military cadet in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and in the respected Ranger Company.
Ta-Wei’s educational career began in 2005 as an English teacher for Chung Dahm Learning, South Korea’s largest premier English institute that focuses on the development of critical thinking skills. Within a year, he was given the opportunity to develop curriculum for their reading and writing program used by over 40,000 CDL students across the peninsula. In addition, he took on the role as Head Instructor at a branch school in Seoul, overseeing multiple programs and coaching a team of 20+ foreign instructors. In time, his proven experience would lead him to develop new campuses in various cities across South Korea, to Faculty Management and then eventually culminating as a Senior Faculty Trainer. This post was responsible for maintaining and developing a national network of over 150+ campuses across South Korea as well as overseeing faculty training for over 1000+ new teachers arriving annually.
In 2011, Ta-Wei came to China as part of a team to develop Global Track, an after-school program affiliated with Beilin International Education. His role as the Faculty Training Manager eventually developed into the Operations Manager, overseeing multiple learning centers across Beijing. Looking for long-term scalability and the potential for further growth both personally and professionally, Ta-Wei learned about the opportunities provided by Shang Learning. Ta-Wei started at Shang Learning as the Director of Studies, responsible for curriculum training and operations. As the success of Shang Learning grew, his role expanded into the Director of Education, responsible for ensuring our young scholars receive the best education and resources as possible in an increasingly competitive and globalized world. Ta-Wei is excited to bring his experiences and expertise to Shang and the future leaders of China and abroad.
Janet has distinguished herself as a strategic and creative thinker and a collaborator who thrives on working across practices, teams and geographies. Having worked in university admissions, university counseling, and directing a non-profit organization, Janet has collected experiences in industry intelligence, teaching and mentoring, building teams, and lifestyle education consulting.
As a native New Yorker, Janet grew up in the heart of Manhattan but moved to Connecticut for schooling. She attended Loomis Chaffee boarding school then transferred to an international school specializing in global studies. At the age of 14, Janet started her own student club advocating against human trafficking in the US. Within eight years, her school organization registered as a non-profit organization, Operation 21st Century (OPT21).
Janet has spoken and received awards at the United Nations, International Education and Resource Network (iEARN), Yale, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, addressing the need to highlight human trafficking in the 21st century. On the grassroots level, Janet interned as an undergraduate legal intern with The Door, non-profit legal center that helps un-documented immigrants. During her time there, Janet worked on “Snakehead smuggling” cases for Chinese human trafficked victims.
At Connecticut College, Janet studied full-time and was also involved in many other organizations such as: directing OPT21, rowed on the Crew team, was a “Mama Bear Residential Advisor”, served as a Senator in the Student Government Association, worked in the Admissions Office, and studied at Fudan University in 2011 for an intensive Chinese Language Program.
Upon graduation, Janet decided to take a leap and move to Ningbo, China to work in two international schools (A-Level and AP) as a university counselor. Consequently, she moved to Shanghai to work in business development for WorldStrides, the world’s largest education travel provider, where she worked with international schools to customize and develop educational trips around the world. Today, Janet joins Shang Learning as the Shanghai Center Director and Interview Prep Consultant.
From Newark, New Jersey, Randy graduated in 2010 from Princeton University, where he majored in East Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese language and history. Ever since volunteering as a camp counselor all throughout high school, Randy has been passionate about creating fun, dynamic learning environments where students don’t just learn new things but also learn how to express their individuality and problem solve on their own.
Intellectually curious and a lover of language, after six years of studying Latin in middle school and high school, Randy began studying Chinese as a freshman in college and immediately fell in love with its intricacies (and its difficulties). To learn more, he traveled to Beijing, Harbin, and Changsha while at Princeton to study abroad and compete in language competitions, during which time he encountered first-hand the amazing diversity of Chinese culture and was destined to return.
After graduation, Randy went to work for SAT prep company DK Education, where he developed tailored SAT reading and writing courses and, as Deputy Academic Director in Beijing, led the development of academic English and literature curriculum for affiliated foreign language and experimental schools in Shenzhen. After two and a half years with DK, Randy shifted gears and became an education consultant at AIC Education, guiding students throughout their educational journey to the US while mentoring them about their long-term goals in the future.
At Shang Learning, Randy is excited to teach reading and writing, helping students color their experiences with different perspectives, better express themselves, and think more critically about the world around them.
Jeanne’s specialty is long-term preparation and admissions to top 30 schools in the US.
She has provided private education consulting services for more than 17 years to high-end families. She became well-regarded for her ability to place seemingly mediocre students into top schools. Her consulting philosophy is to be the one-stop-shop consultant throughout a student’s entire educational career spanning from primary to graduate school, providing onsite tutoring and mentoring based in Boston, Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai.
Patricia O’Keefe is a native Californian who advises select Chinese and Japanese families on the American collegiate admissions process. Patricia has worked in education for over 13 years and is a member of IECA, NAFSA & TABS. After graduating from the University of Southern California (USC) with an MBA, Patricia was selected by the Dean of Admissions and Vice Provost of International Affairs to run the USC Global Office Japan.
In Japan and Korea, Patricia was in charge of USC recruiting efforts, as well as alumni, corporate and government relations. Patricia also worked with the USC Global Executive MBA program in Hong Kong and China. For nearly 20 years Patricia worked in Asia and has traveled to over 52 countries throughout the world.
Prior to USC and working in education, Patricia worked for the Walt Disney Co. in both Japan and the United States translating documents from Japanese to English.
Patricia has a passion for foreign languages. She studied Japanese language and culture at Keio University, Japan in 1994 and passed the highest Japanese Language proficiency exam, (JLPT Level 1) administered by the Japanese Ministry of Education in 2009.
She studied Mandarin Chinese for two years at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and passed HSK level 5 in 2012. She also studied French at La Sorbonne University in Paris in 2001 just for fun.
Patricia received her MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 2002. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from UCLA in 1989.
Patricia understands that international students are a vital intellectual and creative addition to American universities. She understands the vast challenges that foreign students face while studying in America and she vigilantly prepares students accordingly.
Vicky specializes in day and boarding school advisory with more than 12 years of experiences under her belt and successfully placed more than 600 students. She’s a member of the IECA, ERB, SSATB and TABS. In 2003, Vicky founded Greenwich Education Group (GEG) in 2003 which includes three independent private schools in Connecticut to address the needs and learning styles of each individual student. GEG is Shang Learning’s exclusive US partner in China.
Vicky began her educational career as a teacher in the Stamford Public Schools and then went onto teach in the Greenwich Public School System. She has been trained by the Orton-Gillingham Institute for Multi-Sensory Education, Windward Teacher Training Institute, and by Wright Group/McGraw Hill in Everyday Math instruction. She is deeply knowledgeable about the academic curriculum in both the public and private school arenas.
Vicky grew up in Manhattan and Westport, Connecticut, and graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York. After earning her B.S. from Syracuse University School of Education, Vicky received her Master’s Degree and wrote a thesis on differentiation of instruction at the elementary school level while interning in the Stamford Public Schools. Vicky holds a Connecticut Professional Teachers’ Certificate and is a professional member of IECA, ERB, and SSATB, as well as being an associate member of TABS. Vicky also works with families that are moving to the US from abroad. This led to her receiving the International Sub-Speciality designation from IECA. In over twelve years of educational consulting, Vicky has placed over 600 students into private day and boarding schools throughout the country.
Vicky strongly believes that while each child’s learning style and educational growth of students and is different; there is an appropriate educational match for every student. In her spare time, Vicky loves to travel, exercise, read, and watch TED Conference videos. She lives in Greenwich with her two daughters, husband Peter, and two dogs.
As a current graduate student at Fudan University, Casey is pursuing her International Masters in Business Administration in the MIT / Fudan joint program. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Casey has spent the last three years living and working in China. Casey graduated from Colorado College in 2011 with a Major in International Political Economy and a Minor in Asian Studies with a focus on China and U.S.-Sino Relations.
During her time in college, Casey spent a block abroad to study in Shanghai. It was then that Casey fell in love with China and the opportunities that existed here and knew she wanted to come back! In college, Casey played Varsity Women’s Basketball for 2 years and Women’s Club Soccer for 2 years. Before graduating, Casey attained her TEFL Certification and attended several workshops for ESL teachers. She also volunteered in the Colorado Spring’s Public Schools working with children who were not native English Speakers.
After college Casey moved to the Henan Province to teach Business English at the College Level. She lived in Zhengzhou for two years teaching both college Business English and Professional Business English, along with Reading, Writing and Every Day English. In 2013, Casey moved to Shanghai to pursue her International MBA at Fudan University.
While living in Shanghai and attending school, Casey has worked as a part time private instructor for business professionals seeking to improve their spoken English as well as a Marketing Manager for a company that assisted foreign companies enter the Chinese market.
Casey is excited to be a teacher at Shang Learning. Her experience as a teacher and in the business world have equipped her to provide high quality instruction in courses such as Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Interview Prep.
At age sixteen, Fernando started his education career teaching French in order to fund a trip to Europe. From this, he discovered great enjoyment in language teaching that led him to pursue work as an educator.
Fernando earned an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM), considered Central America’s best undergraduate school for Business, Political Science, International Relations and Economics. ITAM is also the number one business school in Latin America. Fernando’s passion for further education led him to pursue and complete a Master’s in Public Administration and Social Policy at Beijing Normal University.
Fernando is a theater enthusiast and has participated in drama projects on an off the stage. Some works include acting in a short film by a Beijing Normal University film student as well as narrating several documentary series produced in China.
In China, Fernando led a drama-based ESL intercultural research project at Tsinghua Middle School. Later, he became an Interview Prep Coach, ESL Consultant and Event Manager, designing several student-centered extracurricular events with measurable ESL-learning outcomes. His experience with learning through improvisational and scripted performance as well as strategic communication in policymaking has led him to become an effective coach. Over the years, Fernando has honed a specialty for teaching English using a variety of methods designed for different objectives.
Fernando has grown to help students of many different ages, cultures and backgrounds to achieve improved expression skills. He believes in education through inclusion, empowerment and effective communication.
At Shang Learning, Fernando wishes to keep creating spaces and opportunities for students to feel integrated and confident, facilitating the development of strategic language skills and helping his students become independent communicators in the multicultural reality of today.
Nataly Ba is an outgoing person who prioritizes having a nurturing relationship with her students to enable a trusting and relaxing environment to learn. She shows great commitment to them and their learning process.
Nataly started her near 10 year teaching career as a First Certificate EFL teacher for adults in Cyprus after receiving her TEFL and while pursuing her degree in Psychology and Pre-Medicine at the University of Nicosia. It was then that she found her love for teaching and went on to teach at the Future Bilingual School in Kuwait. There she gained a new understanding of teaching and education through being a class teacher of grades 1 and 2 (age group 7-9). A great deal of patience and structuring was learned as well as the ability to use play through learning to cultivate interest which showed to be a major driving force in the ability to not only retain information taught but to foster future learning. Although already having one teaching certification, Nataly then went on to gain a CELTA in London, giving her a better understanding of teaching principles and methodologies.
Going back to Kuwait she worked at the American University of Kuwait, The British Council and the Cambridge English School Mangaf, teaching adults and young learners. There she gained a great deal of experience teaching a wide range of ages and student types including students with special needs. With her psychology background and her training course in teaching children with autism she was able to understand how to help special needs children better integrate into main-stream schooling.
While in China Nataly Ba was hired by Harrow International School Beijing first as a First Certificate exam preparation teacher, but seeing her many great qualities she was then asked to be an Intensive English Language program instructor and then Curriculum Developer of the ILI language institute, a sister company of Harrow Beijing. While there she was approached by a management member of the British Council Beijing and trained as an IELTS speaking and writing examiner.
Throughout her career Nataly has always demonstrated enthusiasm and self-motivation. She has learned the importance of good communication skills and self-confidence. Working with both children and adults it challenged her to be versatile, creative, and patient, three key skills to being a good educator.
Nataly Ba studied Psychology and Pre-Medicine with an interest in integrating the mind and the body to achieve optimum health. She is currently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in hopes upon graduating to use her teaching experience to teach people the importance of health and empower people to make better health and life-style choices.
Being the son of education professionals, Joe wants to spend his entire life helping others learn.
Leaving China at the age of 6, Joe has lived in both Canada and the US for the majority of his life. Fluent in both Chinese and English, he is the embodiment of the modern international citizen. He has first-hand experience of what mainland Chinese students experience when going aboard.
His experience in the education industry began in high school as an English and Subjects tutor to newly-arrived Chinese students at Hope Chinese School (希望中文学校) in Northern Virginia. In high school, he was a founding member the Chinese Student Association, a Division 1 track runner, and President of the National Honor Society.
To further his knowledge of how humans think and learn, Joe obtained a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech. During college, he was very active in promoting the Asian American community on campus. Notable positions he held include President of the Fraternity and Sorority Council, and Vice President of Asian American Student Union. He was also Secretary and Finance Chair of Lambda Phi Epsilon, the largest internationally recognized Asian-American Interest Fraternity. His philanthropic activities focused on raising awareness of leukemia through the Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation.
Joe came to China in 2010 after obtaining his TESOL from Oxford Seminars at University of Washington. He spent one year in Chongqing, where he taught young learners, test-prep, and business English.
Wanting to enrich his China experience, Joe came to Beijing in 2011. He enrolled in Tsinghua University’s Chinese Language Program to refine his Chinese. Upon completion, he was employed by the prestigious Beijing No. 80 High School at its International Department from 2012 to 2014. During his time there, Joe taught AP level English, Psychology, and US & World History. Other subjects he has taught include Academic English, Statistics, and TOEFL/SAT test-prep. He developed the school’s computerized TOEFL testing curriculum and student mentoring program.
The combination of Joe’s life and professional experiences in China makes him standout amongst his peers. He is excited to be part of the Shang Learning team and hopes to make a lasting contribution in the lives of all his students.
Having lived, studied and worked on all but two continents, Uchechi has come to consider herself a global citizen.
During her childhood, she invested most of her free time into the arts, most specifically classical voice, Shakespearean and modern drama, and creative writing. Her dedication to these disciplines led her to attend the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities for high school. While a student there, Uchechi was nationally recognized for her creative writing essays and received an award by President Barack Obama. She was also named one of the Best Young Writers of 2010.
Upon graduation, Uchechi attend Princeton University where she majored in Near Eastern Studies and received a certificate in Arabic Language and Culture. While a student at Princeton she gained a fluency in Arabic, a conversational knowledge of Spanish, and studied and worked in South America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Uchechi’s desire for further international experience, led her to work for EF Adult Schools from 2014 – 2015. There she become a highly-rated educator and was well-known for her innovate and exciting ESL methods, as well as her weekly yoga and singing clubs. She moved on from EF to an internship in London where she worked as a brand strategist. And in early 2016, Uchechi returned to Beijing to serve as the marketing manager for an award-winning Chinese language school.
As an Education Consultant at Shang, Uchechi uses her experience in writing and the arts to help her students think critically and find their own voice. Whether her students are writing essays, making speeches or taking subject courses, Uchechi’s aim is to develop well-rounded students who have the courage and the skills to fearlessly grow themselves and try new things.
Luhan has nearly10 years of experience working as an educator both in the US and in China. She holds an MA in Literacy Education from New York University, and a K-12 New York State Teaching Certificate.
She started her first full time teaching job at a New York City public school, teaching English as a Second Language and Native Chinese Language Arts to Chinese immigrant students who faced extraordinary cultural and economical challenges.
Three years later, she moved back to Beijing and continued her teaching career. From 2010 to 2015, she worked as a math teacher in both middle school and high school of Western Academy of Beijing, one of the top international schools in Asia. During this time, she taught students ranging from grade 8 to grade 12, and became incredibly familiar with both the MYP and IB mathematics curriculum.
Aside from teaching, Luhan also works as a long-form journalistic researcher for magazines such as The New Yorker, The Economist, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and many others.
Born and raised in New York City, Beatrix graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University in Comparative Literature. With a Chinese mother and British father, she has always been engaged in exchange between cultures, particularly between East and West. Surrounded by people of different backgrounds from a young age, she appreciates cultural nuances and enjoys bridging these boundaries within herself and among others.
Beatrix’s interest in youth engagement and education began in high school as tutor and mentor at Star Learning Center. There, she provided low-income students with one-on-one tutoring designed to help overcome barriers and succeed in school. In addition, Beatrix was a reading tutor at PS 84, a public school in New York City and also a pediatric aide in the emergency department of New York Presbyterian Hospital. Her cultural sensitivity and ambiguous background helped her to build relationships with all sorts of open and curious young people.
Her enthusiasm for cross-cultural understanding led her to study Comparative Literature in French and English at university. A passionate language learner from a young age, Beatrix she received the Bonsall Memorial Prize in Latin from Trinity School, and went on to be awarded the coveted Rosalie Colie Prize in Comparative Literature as well as the Foster Prize in French Studies during her time in college. Seeking to expand her linguistic horizons, she decided to study Chinese more rigorously (which she had spoken as a child at home) in addition to French. Alongside her language and literature studies, she took a variety of film production and theory classes. Outside of class, Beatrix continued her commitment to community service as an assistant teacher in an ESL classroom at a Providence Public Elementary School and later as a home tutor for Nepalese refugees. She approached her self-guided curriculum at Brown as a process of thinking about different countries’ conditions and cultures through forms of storytelling and artistic products, including literature and cinema. Since graduating, she has continued to consider her work in this way.
After university, Beatrix moved to China — first in Harbin where she studied on a semester-long intensive language program to hone her Chinese skills, and then in Beijing where she conducted research with a group of native independent documentary filmmakers. This experience has made her all the more excited to continue working in China at Shang Learning. She is especially looking forward to building strong connections with her students, sharing her experiences and interests with them, and encouraging them to think and grow independently.
Kelly has been a language and writing teacher for over a decade. She earned an undergraduate degree in Literature, with a minor in Education, from the University of California Santa Cruz. Shortly after, she went on to receive her TEFL Certification from the Next Level Language Institute in Prague, Czech Republic.
While living in Barcelona, Spain, Kelly taught ESL for 4 years. She returned to California to pursue a Master of Arts Degree in English, and continued on to receive a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She published a collection of poetry as part of her thesis, and has had poems and essays published in journals throughout the United States.
In San Francisco, she worked in writing centers on campus, as a tutor and a teacher, for both native speakers and multilingual students. During this time, she volunteered for the “Dreamer’s Workshop”—a program that offers assistance with funding and scholarship applications to undocumented immigrants. She also received a Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Composition.
Kelly has served as the Poetry Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills, an international Literary Review. She’s led workshops on critical response, and was an active member of the Literary Community of San Francisco, working in collaboration with “City Arts and Lectures”, which hosts author events and readings for writers from all over the world.
After teaching College Composition courses for the Art Institute of San Francisco, Kelly moved to Beijing in 2014 to teach Academic Writing at China Agricultural University, preparing students for study abroad programs in the UK and US; she has also worked preparing middle and high school students transitioning to International schools. Outside of work, she continues to write and participate in workshops that push and challenge her creatively.
Kelly is looking forward to joining Shang Learning as an Educational Consultant and Content Developer. She has a particular talent for teaching cross-cultural critical reading and writing skills, and a genuine passion for second language literacy development. She specializes in teaching a variety of essay styles, Creative Writing, Literature and ESL.
Yamei’s childhood dream was to teach. She enjoyed her early school years at Beijing No. 4 Middle/High School and later studied at Peking University, where she obtained her B.A. in English Language and Literature. While there, she started her first tutoring experience with one-on-one lessons for overseas students and small classes for elementary school kids.
Later on, she went to Stanford University to further her graduate study on Mass Media and Cross-cultural Communication. For the following 12 years, she studied, worked (as brand communication consultant) and raised her family in the United States (New England/California) and Hong Kong.
Yamei moved back to Beijing, her hometown, in 2010. Her 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter are both avid readers, imaginative writers and filled with curiosity. Yamei has taken great pleasure in cultivating her children’s love for learning and growing along with them. She would consider her children and herself with bilingual fluency and cultural awareness for both East and West.
During the past 7 years, she acted as Chair of Internal Communication of Parent Ambassadors Program, grade parent representative and translator in PTA at her children’s international schools, assisting with community building, welcoming new families and helping expatriate families adjust to life in Beijing. She also successfully completed the Parent Effectiveness Training course and oftentimes attended education-related seminars.
Apart from cultural and literary education, Yamei is also very passionate about Yoga. She attended numerous workshops and conferences and received International Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Certificate from Samahita Centered Yoga in Samui, Thailand. She has also taken several trips to Isha Yoga Center in southern India. Being a devoted practitioner, she takes every opportunity to teach people around her, translate related articles, volunteer and simultaneously translate at yoga classes and events.
Yamei joined Shang Learning as an Interview Prep teacher and consultant, to share her life experiences in both eastern and western worlds, and more importantly, to help her students grow.
Yokia is a mentor and educator at heart. Her passion to teach and work with students stemmed from her time at Apple all the while receiving her MBA in International Studies. Inspired to make a life change, Fuller left the U.S. to pursue her passion to study Chinese at Fudan University. During her time in Shanghai, Yokia was given the opportunity to work for one of Shanghai’s American international schools as an ESL teacher but quickly moved into administration positions as the Director of University Counseling and the Director of Athletics.
As a university counselor, Fuller enjoyed working with students from all grade levels and witnessing their development into young leaders. Now, Yokia is currently receiving her University Counselor certification from UCLA and is working with dedicated students to further their education and career aspirations at Shang Learning.
Fuller graduated from Southern California State with a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics and studied abroad in Spain.
Originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, Sarah graduated from Princeton University in 2013. As an undergraduate, she majored in Comparative Politics and earned a minor in Contemporary European Politics and Society. Sarah’s love for teaching began in high school, when she returned to her elementary school to implement a literacy skills program for young learners, and continued through volunteer teaching during her time at Princeton. These early teaching experiences made her passionate about connecting with students and helping them to unlock their potential.
After graduation, eager to continue teaching and to gain experience in Asia, Sarah spent two years teaching as a fellow in the Princeton in Asia program. After achieving TESOL certification, her first year was spent in Shanghai, China at Y.K. Pao School, an international school, where she taught IGCSE English as an intern teacher, ran several clubs and activities, and worked as a “dorm parent” through the school’s residential life program. Sarah’s second year of Princeton in Asia was spent in Vientiane, Laos, where she taught at Vientiane College, a private English school. The college’s various scholarship and government programs gave her the opportunity to teach students from the Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, the Lao Army, an engineer from a major Lao hydroelectric dam, and scholarship students from all over Laos. These two years were highly formative, and Sarah was drawn back to China by a strong desire to learn more about Chinese culture and study Mandarin.
Sarah is currently studying Chinese at Tsinghua University through the Inter-University Program, which is coordinated by the University of California at Berkeley. Outside of her language studies, she hopes to learn more about the history and culture of Chinese communities overseas, specifically in her home country of Canada. She also coaches rowing classes using indoor rowing machines at a gym in Beijing, which allows her to share her favorite sport, practice her Chinese, and help her students to improve.
At Shang Learning, Sarah is excited to help students develop their confidence, learn to express themselves, and improve their critical thinking skills. She is grateful to have the opportunity to have a positive influence on students through the excellent courses offered by Shang Learning.
David is a multi-lingual and experienced educator who originally moved to Beijing to pursue his passion of learning Mandarin, Chinese culture and traveling around the country.
He earned his degree in Multimedia Journalism n Universidad San Francisco de Quito, a top 3 ranked school in the country of Ecuador, South America. David’s diverse linguistic background began in his early years when he and his family lived in Belgium where he learned both English and Dutch growing up. He later finished high school in a German school where he also acquired proficiency in the German language. While in high school, David was also a national interscholastic public speaking contest winner.
While at university, David participated in the First Latin-American UN model in the Galapagos Islands, representing the delegation of Denmark. Furthermore, in 2012, David and his team, representing the delegation of Japan, won the Outstanding Delegation Award in The National Model United Nations New York, one of the most important UN model events in the world.
His passion for teaching began as part of an internship where David designed and taught a Digital Journalism Course for teenagers in Bonn, Germany. The aim was to create interest in young scholars and teach them the abundance of multimedia tools this generation has at hand to produce. Students learnt to broadcast and communicate high quality news articles and opinions through various digital media. Additionally, David has taught numerous English summer camps dedicated to children and teenagers studying the art of photography.
David’s love for adventure and outdoors made him accept another internship with a crew of French journalist who were producing a documentary about the Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on earth, located in the Ecuadorean Amazon rainforest.
Through his various experiences, David has developed a keen sense of skill for communication, public speaking, debate and critical thinking. He has vast knowledge of language acquisition as well as intercultural communication. David looks to bring his diverse experiences for students learning to become true global citizens.
Carla has differentiated herself as a multi-lingual and multi-cultural professional who mainly gained experience in Marketing & CRM throughout different industries – from telecommunications, over F&B to wealth management. Nonetheless, her fascination and curiosity about China has brought and eventually kept her in Shanghai. Having held the position of Vice-President for Rotaract Shanghai of her university and participated in a global entrepreneurship project by the Bill Clinton foundation, she has developed and gained a strong community sense and the desire to contribute to society. These influences paired with her previous teaching experience in all Roman languages, which she speaks fluently, (Spanish, German, French, English and Latin) have eventually brought her to Shang Learning.
As a native Spanish-German, Carla grew up in Barcelona but moved to Germany for schooling. After finishing High School in Germany, she pursued her Bachelor of Arts (Marketing & Communications) in Paris, France at European Business School and attended International School of Management in Munich, Germany.
At Hult International Business School, where she completed her Masters degree in International Management, Carla studied full-time in Shanghai and San Francisco, USA. She simultaneously began working an international wealth management firm. Through her professional experience Carla worked with students of all ages in Shanghai to help to develop their abilities to succeed in the ever-increasing global world.
As a firm believer in the value of a global education, Sam is ecstatic to join Shang Learning as Mock Interview and Mentor.
Sam received his B.A. degree in Sociology and Chinese from Williams College, and having grown up in South Korea, speaks Korean, English and Chinese. After graduating, Sam spent one year in Shanghai as a Chinese Government Scholar at Fudan University’s School of Journalism. In Shanghai, Sam also played in the Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra, was a street market culinary tour guide, and tutored high school students on how to conduct primary and secondary research and write a constructive research paper.
After Shanghai, Sam received the Fulbright Fellowship and spent one year on Kinmen, Taiwan, as an English Teaching Assistant, teaching 120 students from first to sixth grade in a small village. Sam immensely enjoys the street food culture that Taiwan offers, and his favorite food is stinky tofu.
As an avid musician and actor, Sam loves to deliberately think about ways to best engage the audience and have a “presence” on stage. Sam hopes and believes his experiences will help prospective high school students put their best foot forward during the interview process.
Currently, Sam works as an admissions officer at a private university. He hopes to one day return to Asia and build a school that focuses on language learning and the performing arts.
Kyle is a visual artist and researcher dedicated to promoting cross- cultural understanding and developing the innate cognitive, emotional, and behavioral capacities of humans. Raised in a small town in the American middle west, born to parents of vastly different backgrounds – his father is of a rural, agricultural heritage and his mother was very much a “big city” girl – from a young age he was curious about different cultures, bridges between cultures, and the factors that influence how people come to view themselves, their cultures, and communities “beyond” their immediate communities.
Upon graduation from high school, he decided to venture eastward to college, to be closer to the Atlantic Ocean and Catskill Mountains, with which he had been fascinated since boyhood through the works of writers like Melville and Hawthorne, and what he believed at the time to be the academic and intellectual nerve center of the United States. At Williams College, Kyle studied psychology and art history with zeal. Finding no lack of linkages between the study of the mind and the exploration of the creative products of humans, he often wavered between pursuing graduate study in the arts and social sciences. Ultimately, his undergraduate research on play and language led him to Harvard University, where he was the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship, a generous award for doctoral study that allowed him to freely pursue his own research interests. The work on creativity and intelligence of his advisor, Howard Gardner, motivated him to focus on the aspects of life and learning that give rise to healthy outcomes for adolescents. Particularly, he wanted to examine the role of the arts in fostering vibrant, healthy, and engaged citizens and cultures.
After a couple of years, however, Kyle found the rich museum attractions of Boston and Cambridge much more compelling than his doctoral dissertation and advanced statistics (over which he has since become quite fond). Spending countless hours at places like the Museum of Fine Arts and Fogg, sketching masterwork paintings with pencils initially bought for taking notes for lectures, he realized he wanted to pursue a life where he could create art and advocate for youth and human creativity on a more active plane.
Kyle came to Beijing in 2013 through a desire to promote arts education through children’s picture books, which he enjoys writing and illustrating in his spare time. At Shang, he hopes to continue work on developing programs that offer students unparalleled learning experiences that will serve them throughout the lifespan. The 21st Century presents challenges and opportunities of a scale heretofore un-faced, and he believes that students in possession of the values fostered at Shang will be well prepared to meet them successfully as leaders and global citizens.
Spending many childhood days running through her family’s farm and land, Marye cultivated a deep connection to nature and a curiosity with society’s relationship to it. While attending Grand Valley State University, she was able to design an interdisciplinary major around these two passions. She worked with Civic Studio, a group from the Visual Arts department, studying the communal implications of the river that ran through the middle of the city and created a presentation of their findings through interactive art installations for Art Prize. Stretching her university experience further, Marye spontaneously decided to spend a summer studying at East China Normal University in Shanghai. Her experience there caused her to fall in love with Shanghai and China.
Before returning to China after graduating, Marye spent a year working in inner-city GRPS Special Education learning the ins-and-outs of various classroom structures for verbal/non-verbal Autistic and Cognitive and Emotional Impaired students as well as observing the nutritional needs and food access of lower-income schools in the school district. Also during this year, she volunteered as a Public Speaking Coach for a First Robotics team: Code Red. With the team, she focused on breaking through the social and public speaking anxiety of many ‘nerds’ and fostering a team of presenters for the annual Chairman’s Award.
She has now lived three years in China and has spent that time building up her ESL and SSAT teaching skills. Since Marye’s educational endeavors are focused around interdisciplinary principles, her teaching style encourages her students to challenge their perspectives by looking at any theme from more than one discipline. She has a passion for helping students to find their voice and prepares her students to leave her classroom with more confidence and understanding of their purpose in the local, natural, and global world around them.
Jude Brighton was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in England. Following her graduation from University of Kent in English Law, Jude successfully achieved her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Moorgate College of Law. After her time at Reed Smith Richards Butler as well as Dewey & LeBoeuf Jude worked in-house within the insurance Oil & Gas sector in which she proudly broadened her transatlantic legal experience following the Deepwater Horizon saga.
Seeking her next challenge she excelled within executive search at Jacobson. Having achieved what she wanted to within the corporate sector, Jude decided to travel around the world. In 2014 Jude moved from Australia to seek new career opportunities in Shanghai.
Through her experience Jude decided to specialize in study abroad solutions assisting Chinese families in preparing students to successfully enter their choice of top schools & universities in the UK, US and Switzerland. Having been an immigrant herself within her education experience Jude is able to assimilate her own experience within the learning environment in order to find the perfect fit for students for their personal and educational needs in different countries.
Given Jude’s legal background, she enjoys educating students within public speaking and interview preparation consulting. Coupled with her love for the English language and great appreciation for English Literature, Jude manages to bring out the best in her students by preparing them both academically and socially to comfortably settle in to their new environment with competence and confidence. Seeing her students securing their place in their first choice academic establishment abroad is Jude’s greatest reward that she thrives to maintain. At Sanli Shang, Jude focuses on mentoring and teaching our proprietary skills courses including Interview Prep, Personal Mentorship, Reading & Writing and Public Speaking class.
Dedicated, hardworking, and determined, Felix is prepared to do whatever a group needs done to succeed. Areas of expertise include communication and expertly creating the space for people to work effectively.
An International Relations major, Felix has managed a complex portfolio of innovative projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Having recently moved to Shanghai, Felix is committed to developing a career within the education sector.
Rob has been in cross-cultural education for his entire career. After gradating from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he came to China to explore the world. He began teaching English classes at Modern English （洋话连篇）in Beijing and was soon managing teachers, and then centers. He moved back to New York City where he ran the International Program for Kaplan Inc., one of the largest private education and test preparation companies in the US.
Upon returning to Beijing, Rob worked as a curriculum developer and creative advisor for RISE Immersion Education（瑞思）. He then pursued an MBA at Tsinghua University in order to develop skills that would allow him to eventually start his own education business.
Upon graduation, to deepen his experience of the corporate world, Rob worked as Program Manager at the University of Maryland’s EMBA in Beijing and then for Samsung in Hong Kong.
More than books and classes, though, Rob has pushed himself to learn and grow in larger ways. He has chosen to experience new cultures and try to understand different worldviews. His decisions to study a BA in the American Midwest, study abroad in Europe, move to China, live and work in India, study at a local Chinese university, and work with Koreans in Hong Kong all reflect Rob’s intense passion for understanding across cultures, reconciling differences and conveying them to others in order to help them improve and achieve.
Rob looks to continue this life-long effort through his contributions to Shang Learning.
Rick has been an educator for three decades, first in the U.S. and later in South Korea and China, including Hong Kong. During the winter of 1998-99, he was a researcher-in-residence at Peking University and the East-West Center in Honolulu. Upon his return to Beijing in August, 1999, he served on the faculty of the English Department at Beishida. He then learned how to navigate the narrow lanes and broad streets of Haidian District on his big black golden-striped Flying Pigeon bicycle. He fell in love with the capital almost as quickly as his new bike seat cushion. A rapid succession of street vendors, selling sweet potatoes, lamb kebabs, peanuts, and sugary haw on a stick were glad to welcome this overeager foreigner and his unexpected but steady flow of tips.
A native of Madison, Rick earned a B.A. in History, English, and Secondary Education in a persistent but futile attempt to become a professional student at the University of Wisconsin. Momentarily weary of brats, beer, cheese, and ex-hippies, he headed for Houston, Texas to become an urban cowboy. Beaten to the silver screen by John Travolta in that dubious role, he turned his attention instead to mastering the art of teaching. Eventually he became a lead teacher for the Yale University Common Ground Project, a faculty mentor with Teach for America’s Summer Institute at USC in Los Angeles, and a delegate leader with the People to People Youth Exchange in Finland, Russia, and the Ukraine. In the fall of 1996 he entered graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin while serving as a teaching assistant. Enchanted by the prospect, however dim, of becoming a beachcomber and surfer, he entered the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the fall of 1997. After failing to convince friends that the danger of shark attacks alone kept him from riding his seldom used surf board on the Banzai Pipeline, he managed to finally complete a Ph.D in Curriculum Studies with an emphasis on Secondary English and EFL Education.
Rick has spent most of the past 15 years teaching and tutoring Chinese learners of English at key and common universities and senior middle schools in Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Wenzhou, and Kunming. He has also been a teacher trainer and field supervisor in Ningxia, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Guangdong Provinces. He wrote a new series of graded readers for junior and senior middle school students and co-authored the New Senior English for China textbook series. Currently, he is completing a young adult novel set in Beijing for American teenagers.
He is looking forward with keen interest to the prospect of teaching at Shang Learning this summer.
Birgitta was born in Sweden and has lived, studied and worked most of her adult life in various parts of the world such as the US (Chicago, San Diego and New York), Indonesia, Taiwan, and now China.
Birgitta freelances as a trainer and executive coach in Beijing, in these roles she gives various training programs relating to communication and soft skills: inter-cultural, leadership, team, Emotional Intelligence, DISC, Positive Psychology, Powerful Presentations, and more. Birgitta has worked with companies such as Lenovo, Ericsson, DoCoMo, Orange, Volkswagen and BP. During her three years in Guangzhou, Birgitta worked as an executive coach supporting Chinese executives at Coca Cola, while also training staff of international organizations in cross-cultural communication. During her B.A studies in Communication at New York University, Birgitta took courses such as intercultural communication, inter-personal communication, group dynamics, rhetorical criticism, communication and conflict, and public speaking. She also has a MA in International Studies from University of New England.
With a background in theatre, Birgitta often incorporates tools and exercises from the stage in her training and coaching. Birgitta is certified in psychometric instruments DISC, Thomas Emotional Intelligence, General Intelligence Assessment and MBTI. As an ICF certified Co-active coach (ACC), Birgitta has trained executives from various companies, fields and levels of seniority. One of Birgitta’s goals as a coach and trainer is to move participants and clients from acquiring insights and deepened awareness – to making a commitment and taking action. She is a high energy, interactive trainer who makes sure her participants and students have fun while moving forward.
Alvin Wang received his B.S.E. degree magna cum laude in Computer Science from Princeton University, along with certificates in Finance and Engineering & Management Systems.
Alvin’s interest in public service and mentorship started just before high school when a transformative experience with local tutors taught him effective study habits, increased his hunger for learning, and inspired him to help others. During high school, he has served as an independent tutor to middle school students in the subjects of Mathematics and English, where he focused on problem solving methods and essay revision. In addition, he accrued nearly 600 hours volunteering at a local hospital, eventually serving as a lead shift supervisor. In this capacity, he was responsible for training volunteers for effective resolution of both routine and emergency customer care. He graduated high school as valedictorian and a National Merit Scholar.
While at Princeton, his academic work has led to elections into the engineering and science honor societies of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. Outside of academics, he served as a teacher in the Computer Science laboratory, providing outside-the-classroom instruction for introductory courses in programming systems and algorithms. He was elected as a board member on the Taiwanese American Students Association for three consecutive years, co-launching the campus-wide annual Night Market event. In addition, he co-founded an investment club focused on putting financial academic insights into practice.
After summer internships at AT&T and Microsoft, Alvin joined Citigroup after graduation in the Quantitative Trading and Analysis program as the only successful candidate from Princeton that year. In the subsequent seven years, he has worked in various roles including trading, investment strategy, and quantitative research. While at Citigroup, he accrued five years of mentoring experience, most recently as a supervisor and advisor to junior mentors. In this capacity, he was responsible for advising new analysts on issues ranging from professional conduct to effective interview preparation. He has also acted as a Citigroup on-campus interviewer at Princeton for the previous five years, most recently assuming the lead role. His responsibilities include designing interview questions, evaluating candidates, and training other interviewers. Additionally, he serves as an interviewer on behalf of Princeton University for applicants in the Shanghai and Beijing regions.
As a mentor at Shang Learning, Alvin is excited to share his knowledge and experiences with students, as well as join a team of education professionals dedicated to a holistic approach towards personal development.
Julia Xu received her A.B. degree magna cum laude in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she joined the Quantitative Trading and Analysis program at Citigroup, where she worked primarily as an equity derivatives options trader. Since graduation from business school, she decided to switch careers from finance to entertainment. After experiences in film production, finance, and packaging in New York, she decided to join Creative Artists Agency in Beijing, where she represents film directors, writers and actors.
Outside of her professional career, Julia is passionate about education and charity. She has served on the executive committee of the Fudan Fuzhong Overseas Foundation since 2006, most recently acting as co-director of fundraising. In that capacity, she initiated the annual charity poker tournament as well as the construction of a new international media center at Fudan Fuzhong High School. She has also served as Deputy Director at Longfeifei Youth Summer Camp in Shanghai.
Rose Paine left her native London for Beijing in pursuit of cultural enrichment, an international career, and a go at mastering a seemingly impossible language.
Rose graduated from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University with a degree in English Literature. Specialising in Shakespeare, and Renaissance theatre practices, she was an ardent thespian throughout her university years, and spent much of her time cycling to auditions dressed in Renaissance garb spouting lines from plays. Both theses she produced during her time at Cambridge, one on Victorian Poetry, one on the aesthetic of blood in Shakespeare’s early work, received first class honours. She is a keen essay writer, both academically and creatively, and has a particular skill for guiding students towards a fresh perspective on the essay-writing process.
She comes from a long line of teachers, which has helped to foster her longstanding interest in education and outreach work. In London, she volunteered with Fun Fizzical, an organization providing activities workshops for disabled children. She began teaching English to groups of children orphaned by HIV and AIDS in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2008. After receiving CELTA certification at International House, London, teaching an array of learners of different nationalities and levels, she began teaching young adults at Web International English, in Beijing. She is currently in the process of expanding her international horizons, working with the Shang team to develop a fresh, innovative curriculum, as well as teaching lively classes.
Christina Chong is from Hong Kong and received her education in the UK since the age of 14. After the completion of her GCSE and A-Level education at Cheltenham College (Gloucestershire, UK), Christina followed her passion in art and design and completed her Foundation Studies of Art and Design at Kingston University. Then, she obtained her BA (Hons) degree in Arts, Design & Environment at University of the Arts London.
Soon after, Christina returned to Hong Kong and joined her family business in the aviation division, while studying a part-time AdvDip course in Business Management at Hong Kong University SPACE. She led seat maintenance and refurbishment projects for airlines in South-east Asia region, and was involved in the in-service preparation for Cathay Pacific new regional business class seat project in 2012. Christina also spent six months working in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, for company training in 2009 ,and took advantage of the opportunity to complete an A1 German Language course at Goethe Institut. In January 2014, she started her first company with a British Aerospace equipment manufacturer specializing in aftersales and technical support services for crew seats for commercial airlines in the Greater China region. From both academic and work experience, Christina has been able to develop good cross-cultural communication skills, which is a very important criteria to survive when studying aboard and doing business globally.
Christina’s leadership and mentorship training started from her time at Cheltenham College. She was appointed as an Upper-Sixth Prefect and the Head of Lower College at her boarding house, where she acted as a “big sister” for the age 13-16 students for academic and emotional support. She was also a Third Form Challenge leader, whom led the new students for a range of outdoor activities, such as, orienteering and camping, to enhance their self-confidence and team-building skills.
Christina is currently attending the Tsinghua-MIT Global MBA program in Beijing.She is also the Teaching Assistant for the Executive MBA in Aeronautic and Aviation Management program at Tsinghua University, the Vice President of the Tsinghua Net Impact club, and a Student Ambassador for the Tsinghua MBA program. Christina believes that good personal development is extremely important for the student to achieve their full potentials and achieve success in both academic and future career life. She looks forward to sharing her own experience of studying aboard and proceeding her career goals with the students to help them develop a variety of intrapersonal skills such as, cross-cultural communication, leadership, teambuilding, goal settings, and so on.
Tina was born in Taiwan but spent the majority of her formative years in Canada, where she attended both high school and university. Having grown up in both eastern and western cultures has certainly broadened and sharpened her perspectives and appreciation for cultural diversity.
Upon graduating from University of Toronto, Tina joined Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of the top Retail Banks in North America. In her six years of experience at RBC, she successfully moved through four different roles in both service and sales. Tina acquired a few financial certificates over the years and worked as a senior financial advisor where she actively built a large portfolio of clients at two different branch locations. She maintained and developed strong relationships with various types of clients – from film directors to small business owners. With the support of her managers and VP of the region, she received numerous recognitions and was awarded as one of the top 30 account managers in Canada.
While at RBC, Tina was an active mentor for new hires and peers. She helped new employees adapt and understand their new roles and assisted with any issues or questions they had. Tina was also very active in charity involvement. She planned and helped organize numerous fundraising events and activities annually for various charity events with RBC partners. Through these events, Tina led different groups of people from her branch to help her create impact through different charity events.
Currently, Tina is a first year student at Tsinghua-MIT Global MBA program. She is an active core member in AiXin (爱心社), Leadership Club, and Net Impact Club, where she is part of the team that creates and promotes MBA Community Outreach activities. In addition, she is part of the MBA Student Ambassador Program as the Prospective Student Ambassador leader, where she connects with and reaches out to prospective Tsinghua Global MBA students.
Her passion to help others and contribute to society actually began during high school, where she formed and led a team of 5 students as part of the Think First Organization initiation. Together they travelled to different local elementary schools to teach and show young students how to protect themselves from serious brain and spinal injuries.Tina also volunteered at an Elderly Care Centre for over three years, where she assisted with and cared for the elderly residents with afternoon teatimes and entertained them by playing piano music.
Tina truly believe that mentoring helps because it assures the young individuals that there is someone who can help them and that they are not alone to deal with the challenges they are currently facing or will face in the future. She has been very lucky that throughout her studies and career, she has had great people around to guide her. So Tina hopes that, through her international studies and work experiences she can also provide advice and support to young mentees.
Amy was born and raised in Hong Kong and attended Yale University, graduating cum laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience. Soon after graduating, Amy moved to New York City to work for NM Incite, a joint-venture between Nielsen and McKinsey, as a social media analyst. One and a half years later, seeking to work in a more fast-paced and hands-on environment, she joined a technology education startup called General Assembly.
At General Assembly, Amy was responsible for scaling the company’s digital marketing operations to reach new customers, everything from email marketing to online advertising. Following her interests in software development and data management, she eventually transferred to the Engineering team as a Product Manager, where she worked with a team of engineers and business stakeholders to design and build internal applications.
Currently Amy is a first-year MBA candidate in the Tsinghua-MIT Global MBA program. She decided to pursue her graduate studies back in China after 8 years abroad in the U.S. because she plans to continue developing her career in Asia, where her family still lives. At Tsinghua, she serves on the Class Council as Commissioner for Academic Studies, and is an active member of the Leadership Club, Badminton Club, Gateway Magazine, and Student Ambassador Program.
Amy has been involved in teaching and mentorship for many years. In high school, she ran an afterschool English language program for pre-teens, and at Yale, she served as a math tutor at a local elementary school. While working in New York City, she volunteered as a computer science teacher at an under-resourced high school, helping give students the skills and confidence to consider a career in technology.
Amy looks forward to drawing on her experiences studying and working in many fields, traveling abroad, and “returning home” to China, to guide and support her mentees. She’s very grateful for the mentors who have play a key role in shaping her life, and aspires to make a positive impact too.
Driven by a love of Chinese food, martial arts, and language Devante has departed California and arrived in China to use his skills as an educator and mentor to help students gain confidence in language ability and foster interest in overseas education.
Devante is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley where he studied both Chinese Language + Literature and Linguistics with a focus on Applied Language. His education has taught him the value of language and the effect speaking a language can have on the world.
After having experienced this personally by studying abroad at Peking University and Beijing Normal University, Devante went to work at UC Berkeley’s study abroad office where he not only advised and assisted students with applications to universities all around the world, but also mentored them in the departure process. Fascinated by mentoring students, he later became a resident adviser in the new student dorms where he mentored local and international students helping them get acclimated to their first years of college in America in the hopes that they will be successful.
Devante became a Hiring Coordinator in charge of the entire hiring process from screening applications to interviewing and evaluating hundreds of candidates through which he discovered his love for the interview process and helping people put their best foot forward
Devante has come to Beijing as a lecturer at a local university and a helper to the students at Shang Learning reach their full potential in any way he can.
Born and raised in a small town in New York, Alexander Rubin has since experienced a multitude of great cultures, great people, and great places that leave him ecstatic to join Shang Learning this summer. In his role of developing and teaching cultural courses and mentoring students this summer, he hopes to guide students towards successful times in western classrooms and also towards holistically fulfilling experiences abroad.
As a student at Phillips Academy (Andover) he was incredibly involved in campus life, working as an Admissions Ambassador, Dormitory Proctor, and participating in many theater and music productions. In these positions, Alexander served as a means of support and outreach towards both prospective students and his residents, both introducing students to Andover and helping students acclimate to Andover from across the world. His favorite classes were small-discussion style classrooms where he was able to develop not only strong speaking skills but also foster great relationships with his teachers. At Shang Learning, as an educator and mentor, he hopes to grant his students both an academically rewarding experience and the personal means to succeed in a new educational environment.
Having graduated from Andover in June 2014, Alexander now attends the University of Chicago, where he intends on pursuing a B.A. in Philosophy and in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and sings in his school’s all male a cappella group.
This summer being Alexander’s second time in Beijing, he cannot wait to help prepare zealous students for the experiences they will have in collegiate and preparatory environments.