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.
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.
Eliot has a long-standing interest in the cultural connections between China and the West.
He began his higher education at the University of Edinburgh, pursuing his passion for Chinese culture and language through a Bachelor’s degree in Sinology. He went on to complete his master’s degree at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Europe’s leading institute for the study of Asian culture, where he received a distinction for his final thesis. A seasoned linguist, Eliot has also spent extended periods studying and working in Germany and Austria. He speaks fluent German and Chinese, and is currently learning French and Italian.
Prior to his arrival in China, he worked with disadvantaged Chinese immigrants in London, helping to ease the integration process and impart relevant linguistic and cultural skills. Time spent teaching English in Beijing has reinforced his interest in cross-cultural education. At Shang, Eliot teaches courses, such as ‘China in Western Media,’ which utilize his knowledge and experience of the subtler parallels and contrasts between Chinese and Western society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A writer from Manchester, David has always been fascinated by narratives and their power to shape our perception of the world. He pursued his passion for the written word by studying towards a first class BA in English language and literature at Oxford University, where he particularly enjoyed exploring the texts of Chaucer and early modern drama.
David’s then received the highly selective Thouron Award in acknowledgement of his academic excellence and talent for communication. This full scholarship allowed him to cross the Atlantic and study towards an MA in English from the University of Pennsylvania. His experiences in America gave David insights into the subtle differences in Anglo-American thought, and it fuelled his desire to travel and build up a better picture of what influences the way people think and why.
This interest has taken David to Kuala Lumpur, where he worked with respected think tanks and researched Southeast Asian politics. He also been a researcher and written copy for a number of international NGOs and leading British political institutions. He has also lived in Shenzhen, where he taught TEFL, IELTS and SAT courses and enjoyed sharing his experience of the British and American university systems with students.
David spent 2014 working as a writer for The Day, a current affairs news service for schools that specialises in teasing out the significant debates and philosophical quandaries behind breaking news stories and presenting them in high quality prose for more than one million student subscribers. This gave David the opportunity to develop his writing skills under the tutelage of some of the most distinguished writers in British journalism, and to think about how best to engage young people with the most important issues in current affairs.
David is delighted to be relocating to Beijing to join the Shang team and to be able to share his writing skills, his expertise in current affairs and his deep interest in the events that have shaped it with his students.
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.
Austin is a native of Chicago with 15 years’ experience working with young learners in multiple settings.
Growing up in Chicago, Austin had the opportunity to interact and learn from people of various backgrounds. This curiosity of learning ultimately led to his decision to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Education. Once graduating from university, Austin decided to experience something unique by moving to China. His ability to adapt to a new multi-cultural setting has become a useful advantage while teaching students who plan to study abroad.
Austin has been living in China for the past three years. During this time, he has had the opportunity to work in both the international and public school systems. Austin has not only taught ESL classes to a variety of students, he has designed and taught both drama, public speaking and classes courses as well.
Austin is enthusiastic about reading and has led over 25 book discussions on award-winning books. Enhancing critical thinking and creative writing skills are two major skills students have learned from his classes. He is a strong believer in providing various platforms to learn which is extremely important for today’s learner.
As an Education Consultant at Shang Learning, Austin uses his vast experience in education to help students in all aspects of learning. He is constantly developing new techniques to help students accomplish their goals. An environment that develops confidence and boosts interest is what you will find in his classes.
Lucienne Ying Sue, American Chinese, specialized in language and literature teaching, and also coaches SAT, ACT，SSAT, and TOEFL.
She majored in education in Emory University and furthered her study to a higher level in Columbia University. Since graduation, she has been engaged in premium end of the American standard test training industry, so that she gained an enormous amount of invaluable experience and made herself an expert who her students called “star coach”. Typically, she has a unique way of class interaction which blends the authentic American class style into traditional Chinese one.
She emphasizes the individuality of each student and designs a particular study plan for them. Her best students have successfully entered the Ivy League universities and top 20 Liberal Arts Colleges, which made her extremely proud of them. She believes in elite educational philosophy, supervising and urging her students in an effective and sensible manner, which earned her high respect among students and parents.
Coming from a diverse ethnical background involving the German, Canadian, Persian and Turkish culture, Aschkan has quickly familiarized himself within different cultures and can nowadays use his fluency in four different languages to overcome any form of communication barriers. He is very curious about exploring ancient history, which is why he found great interest in learning ancient languges such as Latin and Ancient Greek.
Aschkan has spent much of his life between Canada and Germany and has graduated with a Master degree in Economics focusued on marketing, behavioral science and international economics. He gained major experience in the financial sector and used this knowledge to offer financial seminars for managers of the China Construction Bank, which was his first step into professional coaching and training.
Wanting to step back from the corporate world to share his experience, Aschkan has become a creative and visual fashion professional who has been a representative of the University of Arts London in Beijing for over four years. He has extensive knowledge of the British education system especially with regard to preparing students for art, design, fashion, business and media courses at UK and US universities .
Aschkan has also gained major experience in teaching courses such as AP Economics and Statistics and has successfully prepared students for these exams. He is also in charge of an academic english program run in cooperation with the University of Arts London Language Centre in Beijing and focuses strongly on creative ways to enhance the English learning experience.
Having been trained in economics and mathematics, Aschkan has a strong analytical ability which he likes to use when playing chess, cards and other strategic games. Unlike other chess professionals, Aschkan is also a very passionate and enthusiastic person who dislikes taking a game too seriously allowing him to surprise his opponents with very bold moves. In order to satisfy his curiosity for other cultures, Aschkan tends to travel to other countries as much as possible or simply books a weekend trip within China to experience something new.
Aschkan joined Shang Learning as a mentor and teacher to share his rich experience in the UK and US education system to help students find their right place in boarding schools and universities and to be able to quickly familiarize themselves within their new educational environment by using their skills effectively.
Michael J. Jordan is a Beijing-based Communications Consultant, International Educator, Academic Advisor and Storytelling Specialist – whose work revolves around how to most effectively reach and impact any audience, especially a foreign audience.
As an American Foreign Correspondent, Jordan has reported from 30 countries over 20 years – mostly in Eastern Europe and Southern Africa – for reputed publications like Foreign Policy, Agence France-Presse, the Christian Science Monitor, the Global Post, Harvard’s Nieman Reports, and South Africa’s Mail & Guardian.
Before moving to China, Jordan lived in the tiny African kingdom of Lesotho, which suffers the world’s second-highest rate of HIV. He was the lone Western correspondent to cover Lesotho’s 2014 coup-attempt and months of instability afterward.
Jordan has taught and trained several thousand students and professionals on four continents: from New York to Hong Kong, from Prague to Lesotho. In 14 years of teaching courses and leading workshops, he has always developed and taught his own curriculum.
His International Reporting methodology was published by the training academy of the German media giant, Deutsche Welle. He’s also published a chapter on key storytelling differences between International Communications and International Journalism.
Today in China, Jordan teaches International Journalism and Communications to graduate students at two of Beijing’s finest schools – Renmin University and the Beijing Foreign Studies University; is a seven-time Visiting Scholar at Hong Kong Baptist University; and in October 2017 will return to the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU, to teach a short, intensive Foreign Reporting from Shanghai course.
Meanwhile, his Communications Consultancies have ranged from HIV orphans and maternal-health in Africa, to labor issues and environmental protection in China. Much of his work helps organizations to dig deeper beneath “success stories,” to illuminate real on-the-ground impact. This focus began in Africa, as he brought to life one NGO’s positive impact on HIV Orphans: he interviewed, photographed and profiled 24 beneficiaries for this digital e-book, then detailed his new storytelling method: The Fork in the Road.
In Beijing last year, in a Consultancy for the UN’s International Labor Organization, he trained Chinese ILO experts to raise awareness of worker’s rights through storytelling, like these two “impact stories” on the ILO website: Ergonomics in China: Tackling Workplace Stress and Healthcare Workers Care For Us, But Who’s Caring For Them?
Earlier this year, he completed his own Communications-through-Storytelling project – funded by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing – for Youth Environmental Education: The Chinese Champions of Environmental Protection. (The China Daily even featured his efforts.)
Most recently, he researched, wrote and presented a series of 10 instructional videos for a Swedish-Chinese NGO, which focused on teen Storytelling and Communications, to raise awareness among Chinese youth of Food Waste in China.
Meanwhile, Jordan has adapted his skills in International Storytelling, to mentor Chinese teens applying to top American universities – guiding them to write their most persuasive Personal Essays. He has done this for a leading college-advising company in Shenzhen; as a Consultant for one of China’s finest International School networks: Dulwich College; and as a guest speaker for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
Daphne was born in Taiwan but spent the formative years of middle school and high school attending international schools in Beijing. Her experience of transitioning from a local school to an international school, where the curriculum is taught in English and her peers come from different parts of the globe has been instrumental in her own development and personal growth. Having gone through that process of adapting to a new culture and language, she firmly believes that she is in a great position to help students who are aiming to make that transition successfully.
Daphne attended Tufts University and graduated with a double major in Economics and International Relations. Upon graduation, she joined Fidelity Investments at their Boston headquarters as a management consultant. She moved back to Beijing in 2016 and currently works at Microsoft in their China Strategy Office, where her team works closely with the China CEO on crafting strategies for Microsoft’s operations in China.
Daphne has always been a strong believer in the importance of education to empower people. Back in Boston, she volunteered as a student coach for Let’s Get Ready, helping underprivileged students in the Greater Boston area with their college applications. She enjoyed building personal connections with her students and seeing them get accepted to their top college choices with her guidance. She is looking forward to working with her students at Shang Learning as an Interview Prep Coach.
Outside of work, Daphne is a huge fan of the performing arts (especially theatrical plays and musicals). She used to be the head of her high school’s theater club and even once directed her own play. She is also passionate about traveling and enjoys learning the cultural history of the places she visits.
Jessie grew up in Nanjing and got her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Ecole Polytechnique in France and New York University in the US. She worked for Wall Street investment banks in quantitative trading for 6 years in New York City, before recently coming back to China to work in psychology and education related fields. She enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds, and learning languages and cultures across the world. She is also a big foodie who has worked on food trucks in NYC.
Born in Beijing, Hansong spent most of his childhood in New England where he eventually enrolled as a boarding student at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts. While at SM, he was a prefect, played violin & piano, and tried his hand at a few sports including cross-country, basketball, and lacrosse. Upon graduating from SM, he went on to attend Union College in the foothills of the Adirondacks (upstate New York). In his first job after undergrad, he worked at State Street’s HQ in Boston, where he served in a risk management role. His initial return to Asia was in the form of a Princeton in Asia fellowship at the Asia Business Council in Hong Kong. While at the Asia Business Council he was lucky enough to have enjoyed dinner and cocktails with the Mayor of Seoul, the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, and many titans of industry (including the global heads of Lenovo, Lotte, McKinsey, Vodafone, and TCL).
Hansong is currently working in Beijing at the Chinese arm of a U.S. based firm in the venture capital space where he works with people who are much smarter than him. In his free time he loves talking about the fall foliage in New England, and exploring foreign cities through local food and drink.
Andrew Dockery is a native of Cleveland, Ohio in the United States. He got his first introduction to international education as a high school exchange student in Beijing where he spent a year attending a local school while living with a local family.
After returning to the United States, Andrew enrolled in The New School in New York City where he pursued a major in Global Studies and a minor in Religious Studies. During this time, he began teaching by working as a high school debate coach in New York City and Providence, Rhode Island. Additionally, Andrew was awarded a grant in the summer after his first year to conduct faculty-student research on infrastructure development in the Tibetan Plateau.
Andrew began working with Chinese students after graduating from university, spending two months mentoring Chinese middle-school students at a summer camp in New York City. He then moved back to Beijing to join a small experimental school where he had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of subjects including debate, history, entrance exam prep, and music using a project-based learning curriculum.
Having had the life changing opportunity to attend school in a new country as a young person, Andrew is passionate about cross-cultural education. He particularly enjoys working with younger learners during after school programs at our partner schools as well as working one-on-one with students in individual classes.
Joanna or “Jo” is an adventurer passionate about learning and fulfilling human potential. Born and raised in a changing cultural family and environment, she has family from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and Thailand! She grew up in South East Asia, spending a lot of her youth in an International School Bangkok and Clifton College for boarding school in the UK. She studied Spanish and Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham.
After graduating, Jo did a PGCE in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages at the Institute of Education (now UCL), working in south London for her school placements. She moved to Kent where she became a manager for the UK-based operations of a language school, sending international students to the UK for one or two-week long intensive English language and cultural learning experiences. Here she worked closely with home-stay families, managed partnerships with local schools and historical sites, as well as develop inter-connected curriculum for the morning classes and afternoon or weekend excursions in Kent and London that would ensure students could benefit as much as possible from their surroundings. When she had some spare time, she also kept in touch with local schools and teaching practice through working as a supply teacher, giving her the privilege of seeing many different kinds of schools, teaching methods, subjects and ages around Kent.
Since moving to Beijing, Jo has worked in an international kindergarten as a teacher of 3-5 year-old children, focusing on holistic development of the children through positive and playful learning experiences. She then became a Lead Program Manager developing experiential educational experiences that centered on the personal, community and global citizen development for primary and secondary school children at international schools. This work involved scouting inspiring locations, building partnerships with local organisations, developing the curriculum content and training facilitators to lead them. Some examples of her programs include learning about human impact on the environment in Yunnan, drawing from history in Qingdao to learn about building communities and learning more about ourselves and challenge through hiking the Great Wall!
At Shang Learning, Jo brings her wide-ranging understanding of teaching and experiential learning methods to provide creative and engaging student-led experiences for the Young Learners Program. Jo is also very involved in a variety of social and volunteer projects in Beijing, bringing a passion for social change and critical understandings of cultural environments into her classes.
Mio is an American multilingual (English, French, Japanese, basic Spanish and Mandarin) Third Culture Kid (born in Boston, grew up in Beijing, Kobe, Hong Kong, France, Singapore, Shanghai, Houston, San Diego, California, now back to Beijing).
She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, enjoying the challenge of her classes while also finding herself passionate about tutoring others. She completed and excelled in a variety of courses besides the expected chemical engineering, calculus, and chemistry classes, like English writing, music theory, psychology, and ‘Teams in Engineering.’ Those classes exposed her to the process of developing ideas, problem solving, and expressing herself in different settings and platforms. She learned to successfully create and share effective presentations, collaborate in team settings, and be more self-aware, all of which she is excited to share with her students.
Mio has had diverse internships, such as water purification in India in Singapore, intellectual property law in Beijing, and researching and developing filtration mask technology in chemistry labs in California. Her exposure to multiple cultures and academic settings has given her the opportunity to adapt quickly to new environments as well as help others with the process of preparing for a new environment.
As an Education Consultant and Mentor at Shang Learning, Mio strives to evoke in her students a passion for learning while also developing the skills to succeed both in school and the real world.
Catherine is an experienced educator who brings a diverse background to helping students recognize and cultivate their full potential. In China, she has lived in both Shanghai and Beijing and works to build cultural bridges between east and west.
Growing up on the east coast of the United States she began her undergraduate studies at the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, as well as a professional degree in architecture. Studying architecture gave her deep insight and understanding into the multitude of ways students can alternatively approach learning and education. The study of architecture is part-science, part-art, that blends engineering, mathematics, formal and spatial thinking, with history, cultural knowledge, and research. It imbues students with a strategic and dynamic mind-set and gives them a number of tools to approach various projects and problems.
She began advanced studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the history, theory, and criticism of art and architecture. This began a deep dive into questions of how and why our cultural environment looks and works as it does and further asks how that in turn shapes us as individuals living in society today. At MIT she taught graduate students on topics ranging from art to technology innovation. She also developed educational programming such as lectures, symposia, exhibitions, print media, etc.
In Shanghai she worked as a design and innovation strategist. She ran workshops for large organizations that focused on teaching people the creative process and helped them to step outside traditional thinking models to discover new ways to tell stories, innovate, and create. In parallel she worked as a mentor with high school students to help them approach the university admissions process. She helped to uncover their hidden talents, sharpen their stories, and help guide them through the strategic process of gaining admittance to the school of their choice.
She has continued to work with Chinese students as a visiting lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, teaching undergraduate courses in architecture and design history. She joins Shang Learning as a mentor and interview coach to guide students on the path towards educational opportunity and international experience.
Jing Irene Wu is currently the senior manager of JUMP! Development at the JUMP! Foundation, where she manages youth social innovation programs in partnerships with local NGOs in underserved communities. Previously, Irene has worked at the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University in education and policy researches, as a monitoring & evaluation officer in rural Western Kenya for a community-based NGO, and as a public school teacher in the United States. Irene completed her high school education at Northfield Mount Hermon School (an elite New England boarding school) and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Master of Music with Teacher Certification and Master of Education in International Education Policy and Management.
Irene is excited to bring her experiences to Shang Learning where she will serve students as a Mentor and Interview Coach.
Jenny is a current MBA student at the University of Southern California, where she also obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy. She is now in Beijing on an MBA exchange program at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management.
Jenny grew up on the west coast of the U.S. in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to beginning her MBA studies, she worked for a number of years as a Vice President for JPMorgan’s retail bank division. During her time there, she regularly interviewed and recruited top talent for various positions within the company. She also has experience working in the private equity sector, where she recruited seasoned, top-level executives to lead large private equity portfolio companies.
During her spare time in Beijing, she enjoys traveling and photography, volunteering with local organizations, and teaching English. One of her most memorable experiences in China was interning with EF Language school, where she spent a summer teaching and mentoring young students. With her background and experience, she brings a unique perspective from both sides of the interview desk. She looks forward to working with students as a Mentor and Interview Coach at Shang Learning.
Originally from Hong Kong, Richard is one of the few individuals who reached a native level of English before studying abroad. At age 17, he was able to win a writing competition while on exchange at Cambridge University, and was later granted an offer to study English Literature there. Richard continued improving his language and teaching ability until he was able to coach English majors in essay writing during his university years and then opened a tutorial center in Hong Kong where he taught and coached over 60 students.
It is his passionate belief, therefore, that in today’s globalized world, one does not have to be born a native speaker to become one. One must simply try hard, and be smart at doing so. As originally a non-native speaker who achieved native proficiency in English, Richard believes his experience can be used in helping Chinese students, who usually don’t have a pure English environment to grow up in, achieve a level of native proficiency well before they’ll ever step foot in a foreign country, and also know how to improvise and react should their English somehow fail them.
A dedicated performer and artist, Richard has experience in acting, singing, dancing and martial arts, and is currently working as an actor and singer in Beijing. Having trained students in acting while he was at university, Richard believes his experience could be adapted to teaching students to break out of their shy selves and learn to express themselves more boldly, a skill that is of paramount importance when it comes to interviews and other future opportunities for self-branding and advertising. He delights in teaching interview and speaking skills, and helping students become the confident, eloquent selves they’re always meant to be.”
Clint has been an educator in the United States for over a decade, actively instructing both secondary and university level English and Composition courses. A New Jersey native, Clint has travelled throughout the continental United States teaching in classrooms from Colorado to Virginia to New York City. He received his BA in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Maine in 1998, his MA in English from the University of Colorado in 2003, and his MFA in Creative Writing from Queens College in 2016. He also holds a US teaching license, in secondary level English, from the state of Virginia and has maintained this since 2005.
Clint first began teaching undergraduate courses in creative writing at the University of Colorado in 1999. As a lecturer and an assistant professor, he went on to teach additional courses in college composition and further levels of creative writing at a variety of college campuses in the United States. In 2005, Clint began teaching English at King William High School in Virginia. In addition to teaching honors and standard level English for grades 10 and 12, he specialized in teaching full-credit college composition courses, to test-qualified high school seniors. He also coached soccer at the school and served as the head coach for the Varsity and JV boys soccer teams for over five years.
In addition to teaching, Clint has been active in small press literary publishing. He served as an assistant editor for Black Ice Press and was co-editor in chief of Ozone Park Literary Magazine. Clint is also a literary translator who is currently finishing a large translation project of an ancient collection of Roman poetry.
As an education consultant at Shang Learning, Clint looks forward to engaging with his students on an authentic level. Clint prizes creative application and reflection throughout the learning process and encourages a distinctive and immediate interaction with the learning material. Within this dynamic environment, Clint not only enjoys what he can teach his students but also what his students can teach him.
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.
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.