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
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Phan joined the US military shortly after high school to help pay for college. He later attended the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations. After graduating and finishing his military service, he received his teaching certificate in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and began teaching across the world. His first 2 years of teaching was in Honduras, where he developed an after-school SAT course and also helped get 13 students into top 50 US Universities with full scholarships. Next, he spent a year lecturing and course development at a University in Shanghai where he had over 400 students. After that, he took a teaching and consulting position in an international high school in Shenzhen, where he helped all 27 of his students get into top 100 US Universities, such as Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern, Amherst College, Case Western Reserve, and even his alma mater UC Berkeley. Phan’s passion for education continues to help his students’ unlock their full potential, and hopes he may help them reach their dreams.
Kathy grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from Chinese International School. During her high school years, she participated in summer enrichment programs at Choate Rosemary Hall, Brown University, as well as Oxford and Cambridge University. After graduating from high school, she studied Consumer Behaviour at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She had experience in banking, accounting, and the financial sector before moving to the education industry. Her previous experience teaching English as a Second Language inspired her to make this move,as she wishes to now bring her experience as a student in Hong Kong at the Chinese International School, as well as an international student in Canada, to the Chinese students wishing to make the move. As a student in Canada, Kathy mentored international students coming from China, helping them acclimate, as well as offering academic and social advice to them.
Raised in both Canada and Hong Kong, Joyce was immersed in a variety of cultures and education systems internationally since she was a child. During her formative years, she studied at Sha Tin College, an ESF international school in Hong Kong. Following her family’s footsteps, she graduated from Ridley College, a top boarding school in Canada. For university, she studied International Hospitality Management at Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland, where she was a student ambassador and campus peer counselor. During this period, she developed an interest in counseling and served on the admissions team. Since graduation, Joyce has worked in a variety of industries, living in Tokyo and Shanghai, until settling in the education industry, where she was previously the Greater China Regional Manager, a senior member of the marketing and admissions team for a hotel school in Switzerland. Based on her personal and professional experience, Joyce realized the best schools did not necessarily mean the best fit for everyone and she hopes to help students find their best fit school, where they can thrive and develop to their full potential.
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.
With a multi-international educational background and over 8 years’ working experience in the education field, Marina understands the difference and strength of different international curriculum and countries. Marina moved to the US at the age of 8 and and returned to China and obtained her bachelor’s degree at Jiangnan University majoring in International trade and business. She later obtained her Masters Degree in Banking and Finance from Monash University.
Marina has worked in boarding school consulting industry since 2011, providing tailor made study abroad consulting service to families, and have accompanied families to over 60 schools and universities for tours. With her experience in this area, Marina hope to help more families to find the best fit school or educational environment for their children, allowing them to build more to their interests, talents, confidence and personality to pursue bigger success and happiness in their future lives.
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.
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.
Olivia Zhou was born in Shanghai and moved to Vancouver at the age of seven. Her Bachelor of Arts was finished in 2014 at Simon Fraser University. She completed a major in Linguistics, a minor in Education (Curriculum and Instruction), and certificates in both Teaching ESL and Speech Science. She has had experience teaching and tutoring English in Canada, China, and South Korea. She enjoys helping and encouraging students of all ages by using English as a bridge to close the gap between different cultures. She currently works in Shanghai, sharing her international experience with her students. She is an avid traveler and an active blogger of architecture and gastronomy.
Sean Huang is a full-time New Yorker and a part-time Texan. She attended Smith College for her B.A. in Psychology and Education, and obtained her M.S. in Counseling at the Johns Hopkins University. Sean is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC, a professional certification from the National Board of Certified Counselors) and has provided clinical counseling services at schools in Baltimore City. These counseling interventions include working with students with learning disabilities and social/behavioral difficulties. Passionate about higher education, Sean hopes to instill the spirit of lifelong learning in each of her students. In her spare time, Sean enjoys reading the DSM-5, hiking, swimming, learning about the latest technology, and wandering around town.
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.
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.
Robert was born in the south east of England, close to London, and lived there until attending the University of Central Lancashire in the north of England where he studied English Literature.
He has been teaching English in Shenzhen, especially in the areas of English speaking and writing and thus has a good understanding of Asian students’ challenges in learning English. He is an experienced writer and has extensive experience in developing English writing curriculum for Chinese students. He hopes to put his instinct for dissecting and analyzing language to good use in helping the students.
Robert enjoys reading poetry and history books. Searching for the world’s best Mexican and Indian food. Coffee and sleeping. Music, and is a big lover of film. However, he is happiest playing and watching football.
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.
Weiwei was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. In 8th grade, Weiwei enrolled in Thomas Jefferson School, a boarding school in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from high school, Weiwei attended College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Government. During her time at the College, she was also an international peer leader who helped welcome international students settle down during international orientation.
Weiwei has worked with students from diverse backgrounds. In high school, she had the opportunity to teach mathematics and English to students in public elementary schools. During her undergraduate career, she had participated in the education outreach program in her local community, where she planned a special event each semester aiming to solve root problems of their struggles with learning. She also had the privilege to tutor students one-on-one when she was studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. With the freedom to design her own courses and workshops, she was able to personalize her curriculum and communicate with them effectively. Moreover, she volunteered in Gansu, China for two consecutive summers. During the family visits to these students’ homes, she gained experience in communicating with both the families and the student themselves when it comes to a child’s education. She enjoys witnessing students grow into young, passionate adults and is honoured to be a part of this process.
Hunter graduated from the Kent School in Connecticut with honors as a member of the Cum Laude Society. While at Kent, Hunter was the captain of the Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Squash teams and was also a member of the Varsity Rowing team. Hunter also served as the President of the Tea Club and Environmental Club.
Driven by his passion for the environment and love of good food, Hunter decided to attend Bowdoin College, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the US. While at Bowdoin, Hunter studied Asian Studies, Education Policy and Environmental Studies, and participated in a range of internship experiences. Hunter was also an exchange student at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei and Yunnan University in Kunming.
Hunter gradually discovered his passion for working with students while completing courses in the Education Department and gaining classroom experience with students from various age groups. He expanded on his interest in international education by completing two semester-length independent study projects focused on international education policy and on the experiences of Chinese students studying in America. Having previously worked with a reputable boarding school consulting company in Taiwan and a college consulting company in Beijing, Hunter has a significant background in education counseling and good understanding of the needs of Asian students.
Outside of work, Hunter is an avid traveler and eater, having traveled through Asia in search of the best food.