Head of Boarding School Counseling
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 eighth 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. Zion's students have successfully placed students in Phillips Andover Academy, Philips Exeter Academy, Chote Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, The Hotchkiss School, The Lawrenceville School, Groton School, Milton Academy, Concord Academy, Middlesex School, The Taft School, Peddie School, Cate School, St. Mark's School, Loomis Chaffee School, Blair Academy, Fay School, Eaglebrook Schook, Indian Mountain School, Rumsey Hall School, Eton College, Harrow School, Tonbridge School, Winchester College, Benenden School, Downe House School, Dragon School, Horris Hill School, Upper Canada College, Appleby College, Institut Le Rosey, King's Academy, etc.
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 was born in Australia but relocated to Hong Kong for 14 years, where she attended Maryknoll Convent School, a local girls’ school in HK. She then moved back to Australia and attended Pymble Ladies’ College, a top girls’ boarding school in Sydney. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) Degree from the University of New South Wales with a double major in Finance and Financial Economics. From her previous educational experience, Iris understands the differences between the eastern and western cultures and education systems. She enjoys sharing her studying abroad experience with families and students to help them fully understand the gap between the two.
Iris has over 10 years of experience in working with students in primary and high school. She particularly enjoys working with younger students to help them to explore their interests by guiding them through individualized passion projects. Iris has visited over 80 boarding schools in US, UK, Switzerland and Canada during her past 7 years in Foundation. She has successfully placed students in top boarding schools including. Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Paul's School, Deerfield Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall, The Hotchkiss School, Groton School, The Lawrenceville School, Milton Academy, Middlesex School, The Taft School, Peddie School, The Webb Schools, Loomis Chaffee School, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Downe House School, Rugby School, Dulwich College, Oundle School, Shrewsbury School, Badminton School, Aiglon College and College Alpin Beau Soleil.
Iris enjoys spending her time teaching ballet when she is not at work, with the youngest student being 2.5 years old.
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.
Senior Education Counselor
Geoffrey was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in Psychology, he served for two years as Teaching Fellow with Teach For China in Guangdong, helping further the organisation’s vision of increasing access to quality education for every child, regardless of place of birth or family circumstance.
Post-fellowship, Geoffrey has committed 8+ years to facilitating academic and personal growth in admissions consulting, personally partnering with over 100 families across Greater China and the Asia Pacific region as a whole. He abides by the principles that individualized mentorship transforms student lives and that process goals ultimately drive outcome goals.
Geoffrey’s students have earned admission to institutions, including Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Cornell University, University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California, Berkeley, Boston College, Claremont McKenna College, the Cooper Union, Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, UCLA, Northwestern University, New York University, University of Southern California and Pomona College.
Charlotte graduated from Coventry University with a BA Honours First Class Degree. She has over 8 years experience in the Education sector both in Europe and Asia specializing in UK entrance test prep (ISEB Common Pre-Test, Ukiset, 11+, 13+, 14+ and 16+), boarding school and university admissions. She has also 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. Charlotte 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 top UK and US schools including King Edwards VI School, King Edwards VI Camp Hill Grammar School for Girls & Boys, Cheltenham Ladies College, Downe House, Oundle School, Benenden School, Shrewsbury School, Hotchkiss School, Choate Rosemary Hall and Deerfield Academy.
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.
Ray grew up in Northern California – the Bay Area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in both Business Economics and Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). After UCSB, Ray pursued a law degree and graduated from American University College of Law in Washington-DC, where he has written research papers on topics like the World Trade Organization, Human Rights Policy and Intellectual Property Rights. Upon graduation, Ray explored opportunities in multiple fields including sales, hospitality, law and education in over 5 different countries.
Ray moved to Beijing over 4 years ago and became a College Counselor specializing in interview preparation, resume writing, college essay brainstorming and editing. He also had extensive experience in TOEFL prep. He has provided professional guidance and helped his applicants receive stellar admissions into top schools such as Princeton, Cornell, Duke, Vanderbilt, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, Oxford, LSE, UCL and many more.
With his work experience across the globe, Ray also provides sound career advice to help talented students receive internship opportunities and has assisted many university students to successfully apply to highly ranked master’s programs in the United States and Europe. Ray is extremely passionate about education and mentoring students to fulfill their academic pursuits and to find the right career path.
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.
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.
Kailyn obtained her master degree in Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has worked in the education industry for 7 years, offering students professional guidance and support in the aspect of English learning, standardized prep, admission counseling and profile building. As a dedicated educator, Kailyn’s goal is to tap students' potential and empower them to use their strengths to their best benefit. She focuses on students' strengths and helps students realize their goals and move forward with confidence and positivity. Her professional knowledge and passion for education have been helpful for students and parents. Over the past few years, she has provided professional guidance and helped her applicants receive acceptances into top schools and universities, including Concord Academy, Milton Academy, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, UCL, and The University of Edinburgh.