Head of Boarding School Counselling
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Zion pursued his studies in Sydney, Australia attending Macquarie University in Sydney, studying French. After graduation, he pursued further cultural and language exchange at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, after which he traveled extensively across Europe and stayed with local families in France, Austria and Switzerland.
Zion considers watching the students he works with grow as the most rewarding part of the admissions process. Every student is unique with their background and profile, and Zion works tirelessly to find the best schools for each child as well as champion and advocate for them at those schools. With this being his seventh year at Foundation and with over 100 schools visited, he has helped almost over a hundred students find the best fit for students attending schools in the U.K., Switzerland, the U.S as well as locally in Hong Kong. As you would expect, Zion’s passions are in learning languages, traveling and meeting people all around the world.
Assistant Head of Boarding School Counseling
Iris attended her high school education at Pymble Ladies’ College, a boarding school in Sydney, and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from the University of New South Wales. Throughout her school years, Iris was actively involved in school orchestras and school productions. After returning to Hong Kong, Iris taught ballet and gained experience working with children from different age groups.
Head of Student Training
Phan was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts to the son of Vietnamese immigrants. Wanting to help those without opportunities such as himself growing, he embarked on a journey of making an impact to this world. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and has helped groom and lead young boys into men, and have been involved in humanitarian missions all around the world. After separating from the military, Phan eventually graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, specialization in International Relations. Still wanting to make a direct and immediate impact, he took various teaching positions all around the world, in places such as Honduras, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and also Hong Kong. Phan has been able to help students reach their full potential and have gotten many into their dream schools, in both High school and University. Phan hopes to continue making a change in this world and is constantly looking for more and new ways to do so.
Education Counselor and English Teacher
Born and raised in Hong Kong. Priscilla pursued her studies in Michigan, USA as an exchange student at the age 15 and finished two years of college then went into Arizona State University and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics (Business). After graduation, She worked as an English/Cantonese Medical interpreter at Cyracom International Inc., understanding the importance of culture, languages and the struggles of non- English speakers. At the meantime, she also provide private tutoring to students who are not proficient with their English. She strives to help students to improve their English oral skills. Priscilla enjoys traveling, watching movies and hanging out with friends.
Nigel Hoffman was born and raised in Northern California, where he spent most of his youth playing soccer, as well as training in the martial arts. He studied philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he developed a passion for international relations and diplomacy. After graduation, he spent some time as a personal trainer, before deciding to get his TEFL certification from the University of Toronto. He has spent the last three years as an English teacher in Hong Kong, where he has thoroughly enjoyed interacting with a large variety of cultures and backgrounds. Nigel has played the guitar since he was five years old, and has studied styles ranging from classical and flamenco, to jazz and heavy metal. In his free time, Nigel trains in olympic weightlifting, and enjoys reading good books and going to the cinema.
Oscar was born in New York City and raised in both Miami and Orlando, FL. He attended undergrad at Florida International University where he dual majored in International Relations and Geography with a minor in French. During his time at FIU he also worked as a Peer Educator and studied abroad in France. Later, he completed his Master of Management Studies at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and worked in business development with Oracle at their headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After studying abroad in China with Duke University, Oscar developed a deep appreciation for Chinese culture and wished to return in a professional capacity. Now, he looks forward to applying his diverse undergraduate and graduate school experience to counseling Chinese students on the process of studying abroad.
In his spare time, Oscar enjoys reading car magazines, baking overly complicated cakes, watching as many movies as possible, as well as traveling and meeting diverse new people.
Born and raised in New York, Kevin has a very good understanding of US boarding school education having attended Milton Academy. Later on, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at Bowdoin College, focusing on Economics and Asian Studies while studying Education on the side.
While at Milton, Kevin embraced the boarding community as well as the greater Milton family. He took full advantage of what the school had to offer and participated in various activities such as dormitory leadership, a cappella, lacrosse, acting, and multicultural student clubs. He was also a seasoned tour guide. His Milton career culminated in receiving the prestigious Head of School award for his commitment to serving the community. At Bowdoin, Kevin continued to build upon what he took away from Milton and pursued his interests on campus making sure he is always creating opportunities for himself and others. More recently, he has worked as a café barista, a tutor, and a senior interviewer with the Bowdoin College Admissions Office.
Kevin is passionate about mentoring students and peers. More importantly, for him, it is all about forming close relationships and getting to know people– personally. Empower people to do more than they think they can. Based in Shanghai, he hopes with his background to support families with trusted guidance and first-hand experience.
Andy first came to China while attending a summer program organized by his Alma Mater, Choate Rosemary Hall. Inspired to experience more authentic Chinese life and culture, he then completed an intensive language-study program at the Harbin Institute of Technology.
Andy’s first experience teaching Chinese students came when he received a grant to teach migrant children in Nanjing. While challenging and often frustrating, he believes it was this experience that eventually lead him to study Chinese and to become a professional educator. While studying both East Asian Studies and Economics at Haverford College, Andy also completed two graduate-level courses at The University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Business.
Upon graduation, Andy became an Interviewer and SEE Rater for Vericant in Beijing. During his time at Vericant, Andy interviewed hundreds of Chinese students, all hoping to attend boarding school or college in the United States. He noticed that many of these students, while eager to learn and experience a Western education, were not well-equipped for this experience.
That is why Andy now works as a coach and mentor to young Chinese students. He knows what it takes to enter and succeed at a top school and is dedicated to preparing his students for this exciting journey.
Jeremy has been an educator for more than 20 years. His professional journey has included a decade and a half as a classroom teacher and an additional 7 years as an IT Administrator for Curriculum Development Teams. His students have ranged from preschoolers through adult professionals, and he has taught all levels in between. He has experience working in prestigious private schools, New York City public schools, American charter schools, colleges, training schools, kindergartens; everywhere.
Jeremy’s own educational background is just as rich and wide-ranging. He started schooling at a parochial nursery school before completing his elementary training at a Waldorf School. For middle school he went through the local public school system before completing high school at Loomis Chaffee. Later, Jeremy studied politics at NYU university with an eye towards better understanding the governments of foreign countries as a path towards promoting world peace.
Jeremy enjoys activities that make time fade away. You can find him painting or playing music, traveling and biking. His professional passion is watching the light of understanding turn on in a student’s eyes regardless of whether the topic of study is as dry as grammar or as deep as philosophy.
Wilson studied English Translation at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies for his Bachelor degree. He also obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of the West of England in the UK, with a major of Business Management. While studying in the UK, Wilson spent most of his after school time volunteering in the community and teaching Math and English.
After graduation, he started his career as an Education Counselor in Shanghai. Wilson has years of experience in college counseling and has helped students get into prestigious universities such as Cornell University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Oxford University. Wilson believes that it is always significant for students to find their best fit schools and develop skills that can benefit them while studying in college and for their future career during the application process. In his spare time, Wilson enjoys watching soccer games and singing. He is the Tenor of an A Cappella group in Shenzhen.
Alex studied International Relations at Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, then received her M.A. in Political Science from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), which is known as the “Cradle of Diplomats”. She used to work in the oil industry, teach A-Level Business Studies and has more than 5 years experience in college admission consulting.
Sheryl Chen graduated from the Teachers College Columbia University with a MA degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. She studied at the School of History in Renmin University of China and exchanged at Yale University. Sheryl has served as a consultant at leading educational consultancies at home and abroad. She has extensive international education consulting and mentoring experience, inspiring and coaching students to for example the University of Chicago, University of Michigan,Ann Arbor and UC Berkeley. Ms. Sheryl adheres to the teaching of John Dewey: “Education is the cornerstone of social progress and change.” It has developed into actively teaching courses like English Writing, TOEFL, SAT in both public schools and private international schools, as well as online teaching platforms. She has accumulated more than 2,000 hours of tutoring, and has rich teaching experience in curriculum design and in-class and off-class activities. Sheryl is passionate about reading, actively exploring a multi-thinking model, and is good at getting along with students of different talents and becoming inspirations and companions for children.
I grow up and live in Beijing. I studied in University of California, Los Angeles for Applied Linguistic major. I worked as Student Tutor for Asian Language and Cultures department, and Student Manager in Dining Service during the study at UCLA.
I started working in education industry in both US and China after graduation, provideding counseling service, and conducting customize educational counseling plan to students and family with different backgrounds. Adopted to and very familiar with bilingual working environment. Responsible for reviewing all kinds of academic materials; provided detailed guidance to visa preparation and application. Helped many students applied to top 50 universities include but not limited to Boston University, Tulane University, Northeastern University, and Colorado College.
I enjoy reading and travels during off days, and I am always keen on learning new cultures.
Born and raised in Shanghai, Priscilla received her MBA degree from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Before settling down in Hong Kong, she had working experience in Shanghai and Tokyo in world-class airline and auction house. Priscilla cultivated a sense of keen insight on various culture through interacting with different cities and industries.
It was through her MBA journey that Priscilla realized the great value of counseling, coaching as well as training. Through the exploration at one of the top MBA programs in the world and brainstorm with professionals from diverse backgrounds, she understands that holistic preparation is the key for success, if this concept could be brought to education planning, students should have much higher possibility to achieve their goals. Eventually Priscilla decides to switch her career path to education world as a boarding school counselor, she is committed to use the professional consulting methodology to help students create their future.
Assistant Education Counselor
Elena earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She majored in the mass communication field with a focus on advertising and strategic communication. While in school, she remained a 4.0 GPA, got the full funding to support her graduate education, and taught an intense journalism writing class for two years.
Elena is passionate about education. Her past students appreciated her dedication and loved her for her sincerity and knowledge. She enjoys building deep, authentic connections with students, and she is always there for her kids whenever they encounter problems – be it personal or professional. Despite being a Teaching Excellence Award winner, Elena also actively participated in various student groups and clubs as the event planner and promoter during her six years of U.S. education. Such experience gave her not only leadership but also great sense of responsibility and particular attention to details. Her background in advertising also made her a strong and trustworthy communicator and problem-solver.
• Bachelor Degree from Central South University, TEM-8 certificate, IELTS reading 9, TOEFL 105+
• 2 years overseas study and work experience (United States, New Zealand, Russia, etc.)
• 5 years of international education industry experience, focusing on high-end schools applications
• Successfully helped many students admit into top US boarding schools, including Andover, Choate, Milton, Peddie, Blair, Baylor, etc.
Angela has been educated in both Chinese and Western education systems. She attended Xi’an International Studies University at the age of 17 with the 3rd highest score in her city. While maintaining a GPA of 3.92 in her undergraduate study, she was highly involved in the Students Union as the Vice President of Arts Department, as well as teaching Chinese to Korean and Japanese students for a year, where she found her passion for languages and education. Upon graduation, Angela was recommended for admission to the Chinese University of Hong Kong for postgraduate study. However, to better explore the world and experience a different culture, she went to the University of Manchester to pursue her master’s degree in Translation and Interpreting. Angela started her first job as an Education Advisor in an educational institution in the UK, which reinforced her determination to devote herself in the educational industry. After returning back to China, Angela worked in several international schools (including A-level, IB and AP curriculum) as a College Counselor for 4 years, where she accumulated abundant experience in the counseling field. Angela’s ambition is to help Asian students find their way to receive the fittest education in the world.
Being raised in Shanghai, Emily started her career in educational consulting right after she graduated from college. 10 years or working experience in education, has cultivated a high standard in work to achieve excellence. She has won the golden award for education consultants provided by the Ministry of Education Study Sbroad Service Center.
Emily has helped over 1000 students to prepare and apply for US universities and some of her successful cases include: University of Chicago, Cornell University, Columbia University, Northwestern University, Middlebury College and much more. As an expert in US University application, Emily not only organized a set of strategies, but also been interviewed by multiple media such as Southern Metropolis Weekly Education Column, Eastday online, Tencent. Emily has twice been invited to serve as judge for the No.1 Best Study Abroad Consultant Team Competition.
She has always been passionate about finding the fit education path for students and families. Emily hope to continue her career in educational consulting dedicated to exploit student’s potentials, help them to step into the doors to top school and create a future of their own!
Cynthia was born and raised in Beijing, China. She pursued her high school and tertiary education in New Zealand when she was 16. Cynthia hold a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree, with a double major in Finance and Human Resources Management. Upon graduation, she returned to Beijing and worked as a Student Counselor at two major international schools for 6 years. She has helped many of her students find universities that best fit them, including top universities such as University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, San Diego, New York University in USA and University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and University of Waterloo in Canada. During summer breaks, Cynthia takes her students to North America for campus visits.
With this, students get the chance to speak to admission officers in person, which is beneficial for their university applications. Cynthia is passionate about education and she wishes to provide the most professional advice and guidance to her students. She believes that every student should be treated in a personalized way as they are all unique. Cynthia trusts that any student can be admitted to the school of his or her choice through a counselor’s professional guidance.
Enid has extensive experience in US day and boarding admissions counseling, standardized test advising, US high school and universities selection, and summer and winter camp planning since 2010. She has helped hundreds of students get into the top 100 U.S. universities and high schools, including the University of California, San Diego, New York University, Case Western Reserve University, Blair Academy, Western Reserve Academy, Thayer Academy, Germantown Friends School, Gilman School and Maumee Valley Country Day School to pursue their educational dreams. During summer and winter breaks, she took her students to North America for intensive English programs, immersive high school classroom learning and joining camp activities with domestic kids. Enid believes that every student should be treated in a personalized way as they are all unique with their background and profile. She loves the education industry, because she is good at communicating with students and their families. She strives to become a good advisor and lead her students to unlock their potential, achieve their self-worth and make a great success of themselves.
At the age of 14, Hua moved to Wisconsin, United States from China with her family. In her 13 years living in Wisconsin, Hua had completed her high school education and earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Madison as well as her master’s degree in Human Resources Management.
After working in a research center for two years, Hua moved back to Beijing, China and began her career as an education consultant. She greatly enjoys the broad scope of working with students on developing personalized counseling plans and mentoring students on independent research and initiating community service projects. In addition, she has been invited to judge multiple NSDA Beijing tournaments and lead a group of high school students to the Harvard Debate Camp. These experiences have enriched her insights as an education practitioner. Hua’s students are alumni and current students in world renowned universities, including Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, Brown University, Emory University, University of California - Berkeley, etc.