Tomer graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Philosophy. Later he earned his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania. Before founding ESC he worked on Wall Street and was the China country manager of a publicly traded US company. He is the father of three children, and when he is not carefully reviewing essays he can be found playing with his children.
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Stacy is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she studied Religion and Political Science. Several years later she received her MBA from the University of Chicago. Prior to founding ESC she was a research associate at Harvard Business School and a management consultant with Katzenbach Partners. Stacy is grateful that she discovered the world of college counseling upon moving to Beijing. She loves helping students tell their personal stories and learn how to be more compelling writers.Meet Stacy Palestrant
Björn Jóhann graduated with honors from University of Chicago, studying Psychology, Cinema Studies, and Human Rights. His psychology research studied how people’s moods affect their conversations, which he developed at the International Center for Decision Research. He presented his lab’s research at the largest TEDx conference in the Midwest. He won grants to study Mandarin at Shanghai’s Fudan University and History at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. Björn developed a passion for teaching persuasive writing skills as captain of his Mock Trial team. He also has experience with SAT test prep with the service IvyBound and is passionate about helping students reach their full potential through writing.
Apart from education, Björn enjoys marathon running and hiking with his extended family in Iceland.
Cameron holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA in writing from Indiana University. She has taught writing at Yale, Indiana University, and elsewhere, and for the past ten years has helped students apply to highly selective colleges. A former Marketing Communications Director in a private equity firm, Cameron also spent two years as Writer-in-Residence at the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, IL. Her hobbies include writing, songwriting, playing guitar, and reading. Her book of poetry, Some Perfect Year, was published by Shearsman (UK) in 2016. Cameron stays connected to Chinese culture through her two young-adult daughters, whom she adopted as babies from China. She lives in Chicago, her hometown.
Catherine has been involved in education and college advising since 2005. She has four years of international admissions experience as a Senior Assistant Director of Admission at Vassar College, where she recruited and evaluated applicants from China, East Asia, and the Pacific Rim. She has also served as an admission counselor at her alma mater, Fordham University, where she focused on recruiting first-generation college students from New York City. At ESC, Catherine enjoys nurturing her students’ writing, research and critical thinking skills.
Catherine researched Chinese immigration to the Bronx for her undergraduate Urban Studies thesis. For her master’s degree, she explored the aesthetics and economies of Global Chinese Cinema. Catherine received her bachelor’s degree in History and her master’s degree in Public Communication from Fordham University.
Cathy Shufro has taught writing at Yale and Wesleyan universities and for Yale’s English Language Institute. She serves as a Bass Writing Tutor at Yale College, where she works one-on-one with students on academic papers and application essays. In addition, Cathy has been the on-call writing consultant for the Yale World Fellows program, which brings leaders from all over the world to the university.
Cathy writes for magazines including the Yale Alumni Magazine and Johns Hopkins Public Health magazine. She is also a photographer and has traveled widely in Asia. Cathy graduated from Brown University.
Carolyn has specialized in international higher education for nearly 30 years: in admission at Brown University, education abroad at Wesleyan University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, area studies and scholarly research at New York University, and professional training and development with USAID-Chile. Carolyn earned a PhD in International Education at New York University with a dissertation on public intellectuals in Chile’s transition to democracy, a dual MA in International Development Education and Educational Administration & Policy Analysis from Stanford University with a thesis on intellectuals and sociopolitical change in Central Europe, and a BA in History from Brown University. Bilingual in Spanish, Dr. Sorkin first fell in love with international education during a semester in Toledo, Spain, and looks forward to helping her twins study abroad in 2025-26.
Cierrah was born and raised in Philadelphia. She completed her undergraduate degree at Villanova University, where she obtained her BA in Political Science. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She worked closely with her sociology professor to present at the Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference. After graduating, Cierrah was chosen to join the selective teaching program, Teach for America, and taught for 3 years in Washington D.C. She then moved to New York to attend Teachers College, Columbia University, where she obtained her MA in Sociology and Education. At Columbia she served on the Student Advisory Council, where she worked to host events and solve student concerns. She also served as a research assistant with the Center for Court Innovation. In her free time, Cierrah enjoys music, traveling, and cooking.
Chuck hails from Princeton, NJ. He majored in Economics at Harvard, where he was Associate Design Editor of The Harvard Crimson newspaper, and received his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
With over 25 years of management consulting and investment banking experience, Chuck is an EdTech and FinTech entrepreneur and an award-winning adjunct professor of finance.
Chuck loves helping people map their educational and career goals to their passions. In his free time, Chuck enjoys running, hiking and camping with his family. His wife says Chuck has never gone anywhere without meeting someone interesting.
Deirdre is a graduate of Haverford College, where she majored in the History of Art with a particular focus in architectural history. At Haverford, she was a staff member of the college’s Women’s Center, and she was involved extensively in the Office of Admission. She was awarded a grant by Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship to complete a summer internship in Berlin, Germany and spent another summer researching the politics of nationalism for the Department of German. Before joining ESC, Deirdre worked as an Admission Counselor for Drexel University and Mills College, where she reviewed thousands of college applications. At ESC, Deirdre enjoys helping her students gain access to institutions that will nurture their potential and expose them to life-changing opportunities. In her spare time, she is an avid hiker who enjoys reading history and trying different street foods.
Dr. Denise Haile grew up in Queens, New York with her two brothers and Trinidadian parents. From there, she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend Harvard University as a History of Science major. While in college, she sang in an all-female, classical music choir. After graduation, she stayed in the Boston area and raised her family of three children with her husband. Because she loves learning, she decided to go back to university and got an MBA from Bentley University and a Doctor in Higher Education Administration degree from Northeastern University. She has been working in admissions and educational consulting for her entire career of over 20 years. She has worked in several competitive universities in the Boston area and she hopes to help ESC students meet their goals of getting into their favorite university.
EJ Mitchell is a Questbridge scholar and a graduate of Amherst College, where he majored in Asian Languages and Civilizations with a concentration in Chinese language and contemporary history. At Amherst, EJ worked in the Admissions Office as a telementor and served on the new student Orientation Committee. EJ also studied abroad in Beijing through IES’s intensive language program at Beijing Foreign Studies University and worked for IES after graduating as the head resident advisor, managing residential life and student affairs. Prior to joining ESC, he was a veteran teaching fellow and Dean of Students for Breakthrough Collaborative and taught middle and high school at a top independent day school in Ohio. He is a member of the inaugural Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows cohort and the organization’s executive committee. With years of experience in teaching and cross-cultural communication, EJ is passionate about mentorship and guiding students through the processes of self-discovery and storytelling.
Emily is from Houston, Texas, and graduated from Davidson College with a degree in Political Science and East Asian Studies. She spent the fall of her junior year studying abroad in Shanghai, and spent her senior year completing a fellowship in the Office of Admission of this selective U.S. college. Emily has interned with the World Affairs Council of Houston, during which she created resources that enable Texas educators to teach their students about important world issues. Emily is eager to pursue her interest in higher education in China, as well as work with ESC’s brilliant students. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy books and learning new board games.
Greg is a New York City native and a graduate from Brown University with degrees in comparative literature and German studies. In addition to managing the weekly newspaper at Brown, he played in several bands and began translating German literature. Greg moved to Berlin after graduation on a Fulbright Grant, a prestigious and highly selective research grant, to work with a linguistics research group. Prior to joining ESC, he spent two years as a private tutor, focussing on creative and critical writing. In his free time he’s often riding his bike or checking out film screenings.
Haleigh graduated with honors from Tufts University where she studied Chinese, Entrepreneurship, and Peace and Justice Studies. She is a Questbridge Scholar and recipient of the Honos Civicus Award for her leadership in promoting sustainability, philanthropy, and peaceful US foreign diplomacy. At Tufts, Haleigh enjoyed performing with the Chinese dance troupe Wuzee, interning for startups, and mentoring students. Haleigh also spent a summer volunteering as an English teacher in Qinhuangdao and a year in Taiwan as a NSLI-Y Scholar, conducting award-winning research on Taiwanese students’ English learning perspectives. Post-graduation, Haleigh taught at a Vietnamese college as a Princeton in Asia Fellow.
Haleigh is passionate about leveraging her international education experience to empower ESC students to explore their intellectual curiosities and personal growth. Haleigh enjoys studying Asian languages and exploring cultures through food and dance.
John was born and raised in Northern Virginia. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Distinction. While at UVA, he studied history and Arabic, and worked as an Arabic language tutor. He went on to the University of Chicago where he received his master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on Turkish language, culture, and history. He also won numerous summer grants to study at universities across the Middle East and Central Asia. Following his time in Chicago, he spent two years in Turkey as a Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistant. John loves helping students develop their academic passions, critical thinking abilities, and public speaking skills. In his free time, John enjoys reading, going on hikes, and trying out new recipes. He is especially passionate about language learning and hopes to add Mandarin to the list!
Larry is native to Atlanta, where he has enjoyed a career in education spanning nearly 15 years. After completing his undergraduate studies at Georgia Tech, Larry taught both social studies and math in independent high schools. He worked extensively in the Admission Office at Georgia Tech as an Admission Advisor, visiting high schools, leading information sessions and counseling individual students about the admissions process.
Larry earned both BS and MS degrees from Georgia Tech in the history of technology, with a graduate focus exploring the intersection of technological change and U.S. government intelligence policy in the 20th century. Larry maintains an active calendar as a church organist and freelance musician in Atlanta. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, cooking, and horticulture.
Matthew graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Government and Chinese. At Bowdoin, Matthew worked in the Alumni Relations office and as a recruiter for Bowdoin Athletics. He also played soccer and was a member of the varsity track and field team. Matthew continues to enjoy sports and reading philosophy and literature in his spare time. Having always wanted to visit China, Matthew is very excited to be living and working in Shanghai.
Maya graduated from the University of Michigan with a dual degree in Asian Studies and Sociology. During her time as an undergrad, she became interested in intercultural connections, the process of cultural assimilation, and the impact of modernization on traditions and cultures. After graduation, Maya moved to Beijing in order to conduct a successful study abroad experience for students from various American Universities. In her free time, Maya is an active participant in the Ultimate Frisbee community with goals of developing leadership, teamwork, and athleticism in the female youth.
Mack graduated from Macalester with a Chinese/International Studies double major and economics concentration. Her capstone research focused on abstraction in art and international politics; today she enjoys visiting Beijing’s art exhibitions where she can continue to contemplate the relationship between art history and international relations. During college, Mack liaised between Chinese and U.S. bone marrow registries as an intern for non-profit Be the Match, developed her interest in Chinese food and culture as a Chinese Language House resident, and developed an affinity for mentorship by tutoring reading and writing at a local Hmong school. At ESC, Mack strives to help students reflect on past experiences and to discover the greater significance of small moments through writing. In her spare time Mack enjoys sketching, playing guitar, and visiting art museums.
Nick is from Boston and graduated from Wesleyan University with an East Asian Studies degree and a writing certificate. He co-founded a sports media company, for which he published articles, managed a team of writers, and drove social media followership to over one million as Editor-in-Chief. He is an avid soccer player, fan, analyst, and coach and was involved with the Wesleyan Varsity Men’s Soccer program as both a player and coach as an undergraduate. He also sang in two a cappella groups in college and loves to kayak, hike, study Mandarin, try new types of food, and travel. He is passionate about helping students unlock their own interests and find new and interesting ways to pursue them both inside and outside of the classroom.
Nicholas earned his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in East Asian Studies, studying interdisciplinary approaches to gender dynamics in China. He received grants for immersive Japanese study in Sapporo and for an internship managing English teaching programs in Beijing. Having served on the executive board for the Columbia Japan Society, supported his school’s Chinese Conversation Club, and worked for a non-profit ESOL program, Nicholas is committed to community building and cross-cultural communication. At ESC, Nicholas enjoys working both in workshops and one-on-one with students, engaging and encouraging them to foster their diverse and exciting interests. When he is not studying languages or reading, you can find Nicholas cycling through the city or conversing with friends over great food.
Theresa graduated from Amherst College with a degree in English. During her time at Amherst, she founded a community service club, led initiatives for Women in STEM, and played violin in the symphony. She also completed a short story cycle exploring the dislocation of lives on the margins of society, for which she was awarded the departmental prize for excellence in prose fiction. For three years, she mentored students with the literacy nonprofit Reader to Reader Inc., leading book discussions to develop writing skills while fostering a love of reading. At ESC, Theresa helps students engage with writing not as an end result but rather a process that bridges reflection, discovery, and action in the ongoing narrative of their lives. Theresa’s interests include going for scenic runs, trying new recipes, and reading endlessly.
Pelin has also been working as a concept developer and content writer at a Los Angeles-based art collective producing works at the intersection of architecture, multimedia art, and artificial intelligence. The collective’s immersive and interactive projects have been exhibited in numerous countries, including Germany, France, US, Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Italy, China and South Korea. Pelin is originally from Istanbul and she is an established fiction writer in Turkey. In her free time, she loves jogging, visiting museums and traveling.
Peter grew up in the Chicago suburbs and graduated from the University of Chicago, majoring in History. Throughout all four years of college, Peter was involved with the Neighborhood Schools Program as a teaching and office assistant. In addition to his work in Chicago, Peter has completed a copy-editing internship at Academia Sinica in Taipei and an internship at ESC in Beijing (before he became a full-time ESC consultant). In his free time, he enjoys playing badminton and video games.
Rosemary Jones is an Australian who graduated from the University of Adelaide and taught in secondary schools before moving to the United States where she lectures in writing at Yale. In addition, she tutors as a Bass Writing Tutor for Yale College, helping individual students with their papers. She has taught for the Yale English Language Institute, as well as the University of Adelaide. In the summer, she teaches for the Warrior Scholar Program, a non-profit organization that assists military veterans transition to college. She received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, North. Rosemary writes fiction and non-fiction. Her stories have appeared in a range of literary journals. She recently won Alligator Juniper’s 2015 national prize for non-fiction.
Sydney is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from Cornell University (BA) and from the University of Oxford (MSc) with distinction. Throughout her academic career, Sydney was involved in a variety of extracurricular clubs and volunteer organizations, most of which focused on bettering the lives of students of all ages and backgrounds through after-school programs and peer mentor groups. She was also dedicated to academic research and is familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research methodology. At Cornell, she worked in a biomedical lab that studied Alzheimer’s Disease, and while at Oxford she researched national-level policy changes and their impacts on the education system in China. At ESC, Sydney hopes to use her background to help students realize their full academic potential and give them the tools necessary to compete in the global marketplace. In her free time, Sydney loves traveling, reading, spending time outdoors, and drinking coffee!
Taikye received his bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. During college, he co-founded the Undergraduate Robotics Club, and he served as vice president of the Harvard Black Men’s Forum. Taikye has worked in Japan as an advisor for the Future
Global Leaders Program, during which he educated high school students on college admissions and campus life, and helped improve their English writing skills. Additionally, he has developed competitive positioning strategies for industry-leading brands. At ESC, Taikye enjoys encouraging and preparing students to confidently embrace challenges, and he takes particular joy in helping students competitively position themselves in college application essays. In his spare time, Taikye enjoys exploring new recipes and restaurants, studying Mandarin, and watching anime to improve his Japanese language skills.
William graduated from Wesleyan University with degrees in Philosophy and Government. At Wesleyan, he worked as a Senior Interviewer in the Office of Admissions, speaking with prospective students and their families. He was also a reporter for The Wesleyan Argus, the country’s oldest twice-weekly college newspaper, and served as editor-in-chief of the paper during his senior year. During the summer after his junior year, William worked as an editorial intern at the Harvard Business Review, where he worked with editors on articles for the magazine’s digital and print editions. At ESC, he enjoys mentoring students through the self-growth of the college application process and helping students improve their communication and critical thinking skills. In his free time, William likes to study Chinese, run, and explore Beijing.
Yuxi graduated from Wellesley College as an environmental studies major and anthropology minor. At Wellesley, she worked as a writing tutor and a research assistant. She won the Katherine Malone Sophomore Prize for academic excellence. Outside of Wellesley, Yuxi has studied and traveled in Cambodia and Germany while pursuing her interests in sustainability. She won the School for Field Studies’ Distinguished Student Researcher Award for her research on non-timber forest products in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia. She also received a grant to research veganism in Shanghai. Yuxi is passionate about the transformative potential of international education and experiential learning. She values the holistic development of her students, and enjoys guiding students to tell their stories through robust writing. In her free time, Yuxi enjoys long walks, traveling, and plant-based cooking.
Zoe graduated from Vassar College with degrees in Chinese and Urban Studies. She earned General Honors, Honors in Urban Studies, and won the Man-Sheng Chen Scholarly Award for Chinese Studies. At Vassar, she mentored students in theatrical design and led a discussion group for women and nonbinary people. She studied abroad in Qingdao, China for a summer, immersing herself in Chinese language and literature. In her senior year, she was the academic intern in the Chinese department, assisting professors as well as answering students’ homework questions. Her academic interests include feminist urbanism and queer phenomenology. At ESC, Zoe is passionate about brainstorming and editing personal essays in order to bring out her students’ inner voices.
Zoe grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and in her free time she enjoys painting, reading books, and exploring new places.
Amanda Guo comes from the beautiful province of Jiangsu. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Communications from the University of Syndey. After graduation, Amanda worked as a counselor at an international student center. She is well experienced in helping international students study abroad. She also holds the CELTA certificate (Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). Before she joined ESC, Amanda worked in a large English teaching institute in Beijing. At ESC, she is mainly in charge of communication with parents and students, interviewing new students, and helping parents communicate with counselors.
Louis Von grew up in Ningxia Autonomous Region and received his bachelor’s degree in Business English Language from Xi’an Fanyi University. Louis brings to the Recruitment Team a rich experience in student life management, as he helped American undergraduates succeed while studying in China prior to joining ESC. An avid traveler, Louis enjoys exotic food and good drinks, but in the kitchen, he remains faithful to cooking according to his hometown flavor.
Melinda Yang graduated from Renmin University of China with a major in Business Management. Prior to ESC, she worked for many years in the sales and customer services departments at major international companies. At ESC, she enjoys helping students apply to their dream schools. As a Parent Liaison, Melinda coordinates with the counselors to ensure a successful college application, communicates directly with parents about their child’s application, and arranges meetings for counselors and students.
Susan was born in Inner Mongolia and grew up in Shandong province. She graduated from Xingtai University and majored in English literature. With over five years of working experience in office management, Susan is very welcoming and will always support you when you need her!
Lily is a bilingual and multicultural individual with many years of international working experience. She has worked in both the UK and China, has experience working at one of the famous English language educational organizations in Beijing, and has a good understanding of both Chinese and American education systems. As a Parent Liaison, Lily coordinates with the counselors to communicate with parents, updates parents about their children’s applications, and arranges meetings for counselors and students to ensure successful college applications.
Christina graduated from Hebei Normal University with a major in English Education. She has been working in education for nine years and has experience working at both local and international schools as well as in training others. She has also helped students apply for American colleges and is familiar with the application process. As a Parent Liaison at ESC, Christina coordinates with the counselors to ensure a successful college application, communicates directly with parents about their children’s applications, and arranges meetings for counselors and students.
Experienced in cross-cultural communication, Allen has lived and studied in Australia, and is passionate about travel and sports. He focuses on American undergraduate and graduate admission, and has extensive experience with the differences between Chinese and American education, student life, and career development.
As a parent liaison, Allen is gret at communicating and problem-solving, sa well as sharing student progress and parent nconcerns, in order to help students submit strong, successful college or graduate-school applications.
Melissa graduated from the University of Ulster and has worked in education for over three years. Prior to joining ESC, Melissa worked at an English training agency and enjoyed teaching children from the ages of 3 to 12. As a Parent Liaison, Melissa coordinates with counselors to build a bridge of communication with parents, updates parents about their children’s applications, and arranges meetings for counselors and students to ensure successful college applications.
Pingli graduated from Beijing Normal University with a master’s degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. She has been working in education for more than ten years and is very familiar with American education systems and American college culture. As a Parent Liaison at ESC, Pingli coordinates with counselors to communicate with parents, updates parents about their children’s application, and arranges meetings for counselors and students to ensure successful college applications.
Sunny graduated from Monash University in Australia with a double degree of Arts and Secondary Education. She has been working in education field for almost 8 years with experiences in Australian schools as well as international school in China and training centers. She once was the class advisor of Grade 12 students to help them finish their senior year successfully. As a Parent Liaison at ESC, Sunny is dedicated in facilitating accurate and efficient communication between counselors and families to ensure each student finish their application smoothly. She also coordinates and interprets family meetings.
Yiying is bilingual and multicultural working experience. She graduated from University of Houston in the major of higher education management and worked in both U.S. and China campuses. She earned rich experiences by serving freshmen of top Chinese universities in the international organizations and obtained good understanding of both American and Chinese cultures. As the Parent Liaison, Yiying coordinates with counselors to communicate and update parents about student’s application, and arranges meetings for counselors, students and families to ensure successful college applications.
Neal is originally from the city of Beijing. He received a bachelors’ degree in architecture from the University of Idaho. After graduation, he worked as an architect for one year before transitioning to ESC, where he works as the digital media and event coordinator. During his free time, he likes to play basketball and explore restaurants all over Beijing.
Ruby has four years of experience in the field of graphic design and marketing. She attained a masters degree from the prestigious design program at the Communication University of China. After graduation, Ruby worked for Citic Press Group’s Children’s Book Publishing Division. At Citic, Ruby designed covers for 30 children’s books. At ESC, Ruby continues to pursue her passion for creative design and marketing strategy as a member of the Events team.
Frannie is from Nanjing, Jiangsu, a beautiful city that carries a long history. At ESC, Frannie is in charge of office management and logistics. Before she joined ESC, Frannie worked in senior-level management training, managing a firm’s support department. Frannie graduated from Nanjing University of Finance and Economics with a major in finance. In her free time she also volunteers in life coaching activities and seminars to help others improve their attitude and state of mind.
Christy graduated from Tianjin University of Science and Technology with a master’s degree in International Business and Trade. She has worked in administration and human resources for more than ten years and is very familiar with all kinds of office management. As a member of ESC, Christy helps each family when they come into the center with a smile and a helpful, kindly spirit. She works efficiently to support the ESC team in providing help for families and their children.