My own university study began at the age of 15, when I was still in high school. After graduating from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA when I was only 19 years old, I decided I was tired of school. Instead, I joined the military where I served onboard an aircraft carrier in Southern California. The work proved to be horribly boring so after my military service, I promptly moved on.
I spent several years teaching in the public school system in California while completing my graduate studies…only to receive my Masters degree just as the 2008 global financial crisis took off! The job market was grim, so I moved to Beijing to teach and do research in my field. There, I taught AP English to students in the Dwight School dual diploma program at the high school attached to Capital Normal University. Our students received excellent test scores and were successfully admitted to top 50 universities in the United States.
Since then, many of my former students have gone on to pursue Masters and even PhD degrees at top universities such as MIT, Brown, and Duke. Inspired by my students' hard work, I went on to earn my own PhD in Social Science. Most recently, I have been taking a much-earned break to travel and write.
School Development and Accreditation, Admissions Advising, Teacher Training, Teaching
Orange County American High School and Shenzhen International Foundation College
▪ Helped plan, launch, and administer three new major school development projects ▪ Managed and trained team of 14 middle- and high-school teachers; delivered quarterly progress reports and advising to board of directors; met regularly with administrator
Research, Proposal/Grant Writing, Proofreading, Peer Review, Teaching
City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University
▪ Responsible for all aspects of research from planning to publication ▪ Secured generous merit-based funding from a variety of internal and external sources, including a prestigious fellowship and the unprecedented creation of two new scholarships spec
Program Design and Implementation, Teaching, Admissions Advising
The Dwight School China Program
▪ Designed and implemented dual-track, three-year English Language Arts program; provided oversight for project milestones and reporting ▪ Results: Sent largest cohort of students to sit relevant exams; students earned highest exam scores among all peer