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 University Counseling
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.
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.
Head of University Relations
Nigel Hoffman is a native Californian. He majored in philosophy at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he concentrated on ethics and philosophy of science. He also studied politics and history, and submitted a senior thesis on “Biological Determinism and Racism in Post-Colonial French Martinique.”
Nigel moved to Hong Kong in 2013, and spent his first years in education in the classroom, working with students from early years to young adults. Nigel is the Head of University Relations and the senior university counselor at Foundation, where he primarily works with sophomore, junior and senior students as they prepare for their university applications.
Nigel’s expertise is in application strategy, mentorship, and essay writing. Over the last few years, Nigel's students have matriculated to universities such as: University of Chicago, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, Brown, Duke, Wellesley College, University of California (Berkeley, Los Angeles, et al.), Emory, Georgetown, USC, University of Michigan, NYU (Stern, Gallatin), along with LSE, UCL, and University of Edinburgh in the UK.
Nigel believes in a holistic and self-determined approach to education, and pushes his students to take ownership over their life and their schooling to maximize their potential.
Charlotte graduated from Coventry University with a BA Honours First Class Degree.
She has over 6 years experience in the Education sector both in Europe and Asia specializing in boarding school and university admissions. She has taught French, German and Spanish as a second language for over 5 years. Thus she has a good understanding of the challenges that non native English speakers face when learning a new language. Previously Charlotte held a range of positions including private teacher trainer and consultant, as well as a position in the International Office of Coventry University. Her time working in the International Office at the University provided her with valuable experience regarding admissions of International students, personal statement writing and consulting on individual cases. She has worked closely with a range of students applying for various universities as well as boarding schools. She is eager to help students find their most suited education path to ensure they could really get the best head start in their future career, whilst at the same time experiencing the rich culture and the vast academics and extracurricular opportunities. She has helped students get into schools including The University of Birmingham, Aston University, The University of Warwick, University College London, Phillips Academy Andover, Choate Rosemary Hall, The Hotchkiss School, Blair Academy, Kent School, Westminster School, Mercersburg Academy, St. Andrew’s School, The Governor's Academy, Cheltenham Ladies College, Downe House, Oundle School and Shrewsbury School.
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.
Head of Student Training
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.
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.
Margaret grew up in Beijing and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from University of California, Los Angeles. Margaret has worked in the overseas education industry in both US and China, providing counseling service and conducting tailor-made education counseling plan to students and families from different backgrounds. In the past years, Margaret helped many students applied to top US and UK boarding schools, including St.Paul’s School, Deerfield Academy, The Hotchkiss School, The Thacher School, The Governor's Academy, St. Andrew's School, DE, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Episcopal High School, Mercersburg Academy, The Hockaday School, Downe House School,Sherborne School, Shrewsbury School and Uppingham School. Margaret is passionate about finding educational fit for different students. She enjoy reading and travels during off days, always keen on learning new cultures.
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.
Yanni graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a masters degree in Business. She has worked in the education consulting industry for more than 7 years and helped over 100 students apply to secondary schools in the US, Canada, UK and Switzerland. She has an in-depth understanding of different education systems as well as the needs of students and parents. Thus she is able to help students find schools that are the best fit for them. She has previously visited various junior and senior boarding schools in the US and established close working relationship with admission officers. Over the past years Yanni has successfully helped students get into top schools including Phillips Exeter Academy, Phillips Academy Andover, St.Paul's School, Peddie School, Northfield Mount Hermon School, St. Andrew's School, DE, The Hill School, Mercersburg Academy, Fay School, Eaglebrook School, The Governor's Academy, Cranbrook Schools, The Hockaday School, Western Reserve Academy etc.
After earning a Bachelor in Applied Economics from Hong Kong Baptist University, Jasmine went to Swansea University in the UK and obtained her master degree in Management. During her study and work, she had the opportunity to meet various international students, immigrant families and people of different cultural backgrounds. After hearing the foreign employers’ evaluation of overseas students, stories of international students and immigrant families, she started to think more about studying abroad, and realized that it is important for the students to find the best fit so that they can thrive and integrate into the new community. She later returned to China and devoted herself to the overseas education industry. She hopes to use her knowledge and personal experience to offer advice for families that are planning to study abroad. She finds it fulfilling to help students find a suitable school and achieve their dream career in the future. She has helped students get into top US and Canadian boarding schools including Northfileld Mount Hermon, Westminster School, Cambridge School of Weston, Stevenson School, Culver Academies and Upper Canada College.
Lily obtained her bachelor's degree in English Literature from Central South University. She also received the TEM-8 certificate, IELTS Reading 9, and TOEFL 105+. During undergraduate study and the first few years of work, Lily visited the United States, New Zealand, Singapore, and other southeast Asian countries and assisted an international trading company to set up an office in Moscow, Russia. During her study and work experience, Lily met many young people from different countries. Many of them were high school graduates or university students and they were hoping to explore their passion and learn more about the world. Through the interaction and conversations with them, Lily became interested in the education system and cultures of different countries and then started her work in the international education industry.
For the past 6 years, Lily has been helping students apply for undergraduate and graduate programs from top US universities, as well as boarding schools. Lily is caring, patient, and detail-oriented. She is good at guiding the students to discover their real interests and passions, and find the best ways for the students to develop their interests and time management skills. She has helped students get into top universities including Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Emory University, University of California--Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, New York University, etc. For boarding schools, her students have got into Phillips Academy Andover, Choate Rosemary Hall, Milton Academy, Peddie School, Blair Academy, Emma Willard School, Westtown School, Baylor School, 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.