Tomer Rothschild

Co-Founder
  • Wesleyan University (BA)
  • The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (MBA)

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.

 

Meet Tomer Rothschild

Stacy Palestrant

Co-Founder
  • Wellesley College (BA )
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business (MBA)

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

Alexis Krushell

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Pennsylvania

Alexis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After her freshman year, she volunteered in rural China where her passion for international education began. After graduating, she taught English, Health and Business at an international high school in Chongqing and loved working with Chinese students hoping to study abroad. She is thrilled to continue working with Chinese high-schoolers in a one-on-one setting. In her free time, Alexis enjoys hiking and reading French literature.

Alec Nash

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Emory University

Alec graduated from Emory University with a degree in International Relations. As an undergrad, he worked with Emory’s International Strategy office in which he analyzed the university’s international research networks and rankings. After graduation, Alec moved to Washington, D.C. to work with a company that facilitates educational exchanges between American and Chinese universities. Here, he fostered a passion for strengthening international relations through education. Alec is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

Bjorn Olafsson

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Chicago

With roots in both the American South and the Icelandic North, Björn Jóhann (森友汉) graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Psychology, minoring in Human Rights and Cinema Studies. In college, he curated a tri-annual theater festival, wrote and delivered a TEDx talk, conducted original research into social psychology. He also co-directed a student documentary and captained his Mock Trial team. He briefly studied Mandarin at Shanghai’s Fudan University and history at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. In his free time, he enjoys running marathons.

Bongani Ndlovu

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Amherst College

(Sabelo) Bongani Ndlovu is from Durban, South Africa. He graduated from Amherst College where he majored in Legal Studies and French, with a minor in Biology. While in college, he served as a language media developer and tutor, study abroad peer advisor and admissions intern. He was also part of an a cappella group and wrote for various on-campus publications. Post college, he has worked in the education sector as a teaching assistant in a Connecticut charter school and more recently as a science teacher in South Africa. He enjoys reading, writing, singing, cooking, kayaking and cycling.

Cierrah West-Williams

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Columbia University (MA)
  • Villanova university (B.A)

Cierrah grew up in Philadelphia,  “the city of brotherly love.” Cierrah received her undergraduate degree from Villanova in Political Science and minored in Peace and Justice studies. After completing her undergraduate studies, she received her teaching license and taught in Washington, D.C. She enjoyed mentoring students while helping them reach their academic potential. After teaching for three years, Cierrah returned to school for graduate studies. She received her Masters in Education and Sociology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Cierrah enjoys hobbies related to sports and music.  She is an avid Lebron James fan.

Christina Butcher

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Bryn Mawr College

Christina graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Spanish Language and Literature and a minor in Chinese. While there, she worked at the Writing Center helping students to improve their essays, personal statements, and general writing skills. She also tutored students and members of the local community in English and Spanish while at Bryn Mawr and while studying and working in Spain and Mexico. Christina grew up on a small farm in Vermont and enjoys biking, hiking, and cooking in her free time.

Christopher Hester

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Chicago B.A.
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies M.A.

Chris developed an interest in language learning from an early age and majored in Linguistics at University of Chicago. As an undergrad, he volunteered as an Admissions Ambassador, counseling students applying to UChicago. After graduation, he taught English at elementary and middle schools on a small island in southern Japan. He then went on to receive a Master’s in International Education at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and has supported education programs in Pakistan, Japan and California. Chris is originally from Pensacola, Florida and enjoys connecting with students, learning languages, and visiting new countries.

Colin Lethem

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Chicago

Colin is a University of Chicago graduate with several years of tutoring experience at both the high-school and college levels. Beginning in high school, Colin volunteered during free periods to help teach students Algebra, and in college he worked as a teaching assistant for the Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) and the Chicago Academic Achievement Program (CAAP). Colin majored in Mathematics but also enjoys creative writing, philosophy, literature, astronomy and social theory.

Dakota Bowman

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Chicago

Dakota is from southern Ohio and is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he double majored in International Studies and East Asian Languages and Civilizations. During his time as an undergraduate, Dakota acted as a tutor to local public school students and served as a representative of his dormitory on various committees. He would go on to be a post-secondary adviser for Chicagoland high schoolers. Dakota’s passion for education, combined with his fantastic experiences in China as a college student, led him to join ESC. Outside of work, Dakota enjoys cooking, photography, and gaming.

Edward Owen

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Virginia

Edward graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Foreign Affairs. He worked extensively as a coordinator and conversation partner for visiting Chinese students at UVA, and has additional experience teaching English in Egypt. An avid traveler, Edward enjoys learning and speaking a variety of languages, having spent extended periods of time in China, the Middle East, and Spain. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and reading poetry, playing the piano, and practicing martial arts.

EJ Mitchell

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Amherst College

A Cincinnati, Ohio, native, EJ is a graduate of Amherst College where he majored in Asian Languages and Civilizations. During his time at Amherst he spent the spring semester of his junior year studying abroad in Beijing, and after graduation he worked in Beijing at a top-ranked American study abroad center. Prior to joining ESC, he also worked as a veteran teaching fellow with Breakthrough Collaborative and as a telementor through the Amherst admissions office. With years of teaching and mentoring experience, EJ brings to ESC a strong passion for international education and cross-cultural management.

Elaine Poon

Consultant for Junior Scholars
  • University of California, Los Angeles

Elaine is a UCLA graduate with a Business Economics major and Entrepreneurship minor. At UCLA, she was Co-President of China Care Bruins, a mentorship program for adoptees from China. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Shanghai and became a student ambassador for the education abroad program for University of California students. During the summers, she worked in Hong Kong as a teaching assistant for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Elaine is extremely excited to continue pursuing her passions in mentorship and education by working with ESC’s exceptional students.

Emily Davidson

Consultant for Junior Scholars
  • Davidson College

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.

Henry McKenzie

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Vassar College

Henry graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Mathematics. While at Vassar, he performed in many shows as part of the performance group “Merely Players.” Taking courses in disciplines ranging from mathematics to philosophy to visual art, he is a strong believer in the value of the liberal arts experience. Henry found his passion for mentoring working as a tutor for high school students, where he helped students improve their test scores and plan their college applications. A Cincinnati native, Henry enjoys philosophy, the arts, and outdoorsmanship.

Jing Hao Liong

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Columbia University

Jing earned his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology & Economics – Political Science from Columbia University and his master’s degree in China Studies from the Yenching Academy of Peking University. His past experiences in the field of education include working as a Writing Center Editor and Education Consultant where he worked one-on-one with Chinese high school students on a range of IGCSE subjects. Jing is originally from the beautiful island of Penang in Malaysia and is always striving to improve his cooking and Mandarin Chinese.

Juliette Hautemont

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Chicago

Juliette graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Cinema and Media studies. As an undergrad, she tutored middle and high school students in reading, writing, and French. She also wrote, produced, and directed student films while serving as president of UChicago’s only student film organization. She took particular pleasure in mentoring younger students as they wrote and made their first films. Juliette studied abroad at Renmin University in Beijing before spending a summer working at an advertising agency in Hong Kong. She loves writing, traveling, and filming her surroundings. She is a San Francisco, California native and can always be found trying new foods in her spare time.

Kyle Davidoff

Consultant for Junior Scholars
  • UCLA

Kyle graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics and Cognitive Science. During his time as an undergrad, Kyle played on the UCLA Lacrosse team and helped develop and operate a private tutoring service. He has garnered significant experience tutoring high school and college level students in Essay Writing, English Comprehension, Economics, and Calculus. Kyle has a passion for the financial markets and enjoys mentoring students inside and outside of the classroom. He grew up in Westchester, New York and likes to rock climb, cook, and travel in his free time.

Kate Davis

Consultant for Junior Scholars
  • Wesleyan University

Kate grew up in a small town in New York and graduated from Wesleyan University with a major in Economics. While at college, she worked as a new student orientation intern, calculus teaching assistant, alumni and parent relations intern, and academic peer advisor. After graduation, she worked at a financial technology company until realizing how much she missed the experience of mentoring students and helping them acclimate to college life. In her free time, Kate enjoys running, skiing, and trying new types of dumplings.

Katie Stewart

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Yale University

Katie graduated from Yale University with a degree in English Literature. As an undergrad, she tutored in a range of subjects, edited a literary journal, and served as a senior mentor to incoming freshmen. After graduation, Katie joined the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship and moved to Anhui Province, China, to design and teach Oral English classes at a public high school. She took particular pleasure in counseling several of her students as they applied for and were admitted to Yale’s summer program for high-school students. Katie is originally from New York City and, in her free time, enjoys playing and watching sports of all kinds.

Kelly Smith

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Notre Dame

Kelly graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in History. At Notre Dame, this Kansas native was involved in student government and undergraduate research, particularly focusing on genocide and disability studies. She highly values international educational experiences, which led her to conduct archival research in Berlin, volunteer with adults with disabilities in Austria, and study abroad at Oxford. At Notre Dame’s Writing Center, Kelly worked with students to help them improve their essays, dissertations, and personal statements. In her free time, she likes to try new recipes and read.

Liza Garrity

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Vassar College

Liza majored in Educational Studies and minored in Chinese at Vassar College. She worked as a consultant at the writing center, where she developed a love for working one on one with students. She also volunteered with the Listening Center, a 24/7 peer-to-peer hotline. She spent a summer in a Qingdao University language intensive. Through working at community centers, educational non profits, and a variety of classrooms, she became interested in the interpersonal aspects of education. Liza grew up in Brooklyn and enjoys cooking, knitting, and listening to podcasts.

Liana Shallenberg

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Haverford College

Liana grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Haverford College with a Psychology major and a Chinese minor. One semester, she and another undergraduate designed and facilitated a seminar on Asian American identity. In addition to academics, she was deeply involved in mentorship work through leadership positions on Honor Council, the year-long orientation program for first year students called “Customs”, and intramural volleyball and gymnastics. Over the summer, Liana worked at Brown University’s pre-college program as a residential assistant and teaching assistant for a psychology course. She loves reading, languages, art, and recently picked up badminton.

London Cluff

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Pennsylvania

London graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in International Relations. As a recipient of two incredibly competitive scholarships from Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Point Foundation, she is dedicated to helping students achieve their full potential. Prior to working with ESC, London was a Student Affairs Manager at Stanford University. She has also previously taught K-12 ESL students in Shanghai and believes in a tutoring philosophy that balances seriousness of study with the freedom of creativity. She enjoys hearing about students’ unique experiences in order to customize the tutoring sessions and optimize retention. When she’s not tutoring, London enjoys reading, painting, and studying Chinese history.

Matthew Wu

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Bowdoin College

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 Beijing.

Madeleine Cavanagh

Consultant for Junior Scholars
  • Vassar College

Madeleine is a graduate of Vassar College, where she studied Political Science. She grew up in Toronto, Canada, and is the first member of her family to attend an American university. At Vassar, Madeleine was a Teaching Assistant in the International Studies department, where she supported students as they prepared for the annual National Model United Nations Conference. She was also President of the Vassar Debate Society, and particularly enjoyed helping novice debaters reach their full potential. In her free time, Madeleine loves to hike and cook.

Maya Grumeretz

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Michigan

Maya graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Asian Studies and Sociology. Her academic interests include processes of cultural understanding and integration, and the impact of modernization on traditions and cultures. After graduation, Maya moved to Beijing, where she mentored American students studying abroad to help them adjust and succeed in their new environment. Maya is member of Beijing’s ultimate frisbee community that works to develop leadership, teamwork, and athleticism in young women.

Mackenzie Bell

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Macalester College

Mackenzie is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Macalester College, where she majored in Chinese and International Studies, and concentrated in Economics.

Academically, Mackenzie is interested in international health and art history, and has grown to love mentoring students through her experiences working as a counselor at a summer camp offered by her high school in Columbus, and tutoring at a predominantly Hmong elementary school in Saint Paul. Her fondness of Chinese language and culture has also brought her to study abroad in Shanghai and Guilin. On her own time, Mackenzie enjoys hiking, drawing, and playing music with friends.

Nick Hawkins

Consultant for Junior Scholars
  • Wesleyan University

Nick is from the Boston area and graduated from Wesleyan University with an East Asian studies major and a writing certificate. He loves to sing and is an avid soccer player, fan, analyst, and coach. He co-founded a soccer media company and was involved with the Wesleyan Varsity Men’s Soccer program as both a player and coach as an undergraduate. He studied abroad in China twice before coming to Beijing and enjoys the challenge of learning Mandarin, the long history of Chinese culture, and the way that modern China interacts with and influences the rest of the world.

Nicolle Salazar

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Dartmouth College

Nicolle was born and raised in New York City. She is a Dartmouth College graduate, completing a major in Anthropology modified with Latin American Studies and a double minor in Spanish and Italian. As an undergrad, Nicolle tutored various subjects and languages, led a foreign study program to Barcelona, and worked as a language drill instructor for both Dartmouth students and adults in the community. She participated in two month-long programs to teach English to children in Beijing and worked with groups of elementary and high school students. Nicolle enjoys traveling, linguistic study, and supporting her favorite sports team, FC Barcelona!

Paul Irizzary

Consultant for Junior Scholars
  • Middlebury College

Paul is a Middlebury College graduate with a degree in International & Global Studies (with a focus in East Asian Studies) and a minor in Education Studies. Paul has been involved with many diverse educational communities, and has been fortunate to work with students of a variety of ages and backgrounds. This includes being a teaching assistant at Middlebury’s local children center, as well as working as a mathematics and Chinese teacher at an independent private school in his hometown of New York City. In his free time, he also enjoys partner dancing, swimming, and attending concerts.

Peter Chen

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Chicago

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.

Rachel Brodie

Consultant for Junior Scholars
  • Haverford College

Rachel graduated from Haverford College with a degree in Romance Languages. Before arriving at Haverford she spent a summer studying sociology at UIBE in Beijing. As an undergraduate she led a chapter of Amnesty International, mentored first-year students as a Peer Awareness Facilitator, performed abroad with the Chamber Singers, and worked as a writing tutor. While studying abroad at the Sorbonne, she continued tutoring French students in English. Rachel loves to travel, teach, and play music. After working as a teaching fellow with Breakthrough Central Texas, she is eager to use her experience in education to help students at ESC.

Stephen Niesobecki

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Haverford College

Stephen is a graduate of Haverford College where he was a major in Sociology and minor in Philosophy. While at Haverford, Stephen served as a Co-Head of the Student Political Network for three years, as a Peer Awareness Facilitator for incoming first-years, and as a teaching assistant for the course “Introduction to Social Theory.” Stephen’s interests in mentorship and teaching began in high school and developed during his time at Haverford as he learned to adapt to new educational settings. In his spare time, Stephen can be found reading, running, practicing the drums, and exploring Beijing.

 

Sly Yushchyshyn

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • University of Chicago

Sly graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Public Policy. As a sophomore, he was an intern at the University Community Service Center where he organized community service events for undergrads. During his last two years of college, he was a research assistant at the Harris School of Public Policy where he conducted research on the political economy of elections in Canada and the United Kingdom. For his senior thesis, he received two grants to travel to central and eastern Ukraine to research the Ukrainian Government’s actions towards internally displaced persons. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and reading.

Taylor Weston

Consultant for Junior Scholars
  • University of Notre Dame

Taylor Weston was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from the University of Notre Dame. As a Psychology major and Chinese minor, Taylor developed an interest in education, learning behavior research, and Chinese culture. Working at a school in Hawaii, she helped develop the school’s first Chinese language immersion program and enjoyed working with middle school students visiting from China on an exchange program. Taylor has a passion for education counseling, and has mentored and tutored children in her community since high school. In her free time she enjoys being active outdoors, eating noodles, and reading non-fiction books.

William Halliday

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Wesleyan University

William is from Charlottesville, VA and graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Government and Philosophy. While in college, William was the editor-in-chief of The Argus,Wesleyan’s student-run newspaper, and worked as a senior interviewer in the admissions office.He spent a summer as an editorial intern at the Harvard Business Review in Boston, where he was able to edit various pieces and learn about the publication. William is interested in the story-driven nature of journalistic writing and loved covering different campus issues while in college. In his free time, he enjoys running and is planning to run a marathon in 2020.

Zach Do

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Wesleyan University

Zach graduated from Wesleyan University with double degrees in Psychology and East Asian Studies. He is also the recipient of one of Wesleyan’s most prestigious scholarships and spent much of his time as an undergraduate co-chairing the scholarship association and working on his Chinese and Spanish. Zach is no stranger to ESC; during his 6 months as our summer counselor, he was actively involved in many writing and teaching projects, such as the annual Book of Essay, TOEFL classes, and language partnership with students. He also worked with students to help them further their interests and personal projects. In his free time, Zach enjoys food adventures, nature documentaries, and comic books!

Zoe Wennerholm

Consultant for Senior Scholars
  • Vassar College

Zoe graduated from Vassar College with degrees in Chinese and Urban Studies. While there, she was involved in technical design for student theater and led a discussion group for women and nonbinary people. She studied abroad in Qingdao, China the summer between her sophomore and junior years and interned in the Chinese Department her senior year. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and in her free time she enjoys painting, reading books, cooking, and exploring new places.

Carolyn Sorkin

Director of North American Counseling
  • Brown University (BA)
  • Stanford University (MA)
  • New York University (Ph.D.)

Carolyn has specialized in international higher education for nearly thirty 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 international development with USAID-Chile. She joined ESC in 2014, focusing on students attending high school outside of China. Carolyn earned a Ph.D. 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.

Catherine Chan

Consultant for Scholars in North America
  • Fordham University (B.A.)
  • Fordham University (MA)

Catherine has been involved in education and college advising since 2005. She comes to ESC with 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 has enjoyed nurturing her students’ writing, research and critical thinking skills.

Catherine’s passion and curiosity for cultural and media studies led her to research 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

Consultant for Scholars in North America
  • Brown University (B.A.)

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.

Dorothy Mae Ajayi

Consultant for Scholars in North America & Director of Recruitment
  • Wesleyan University

Dorothy grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, near the shores of Lake Erie. She is a Wesleyan University graduate and double majored in Sociology and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures.  There, she was awarded high honors in her undergraduate Sociology Department Thesis on virtual reality.  Dorothy has a passion for creative writing and enjoys writing poetry and short stories.  She has taught high school students at Columbia University in New York City while working as a summer administrative teaching assistant.  She enjoys playing violin, writing music and improvising new styles!

Emma Schoenberger

Consultant for Scholars in North America
  • Colgate University

Emma is from Princeton, New Jersey. She graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, and a regional concentration in the Middle East. During her time at Colgate, she worked with an on-campus club that helped local high school students with test prep and their college application essays. After graduating from Colgate, Emma moved to Beijing for a year and a half to work for ESC. She is now back in the U.S. and is excited to continue helping ESC students develop as writers and thinkers throughout the college application process.

Greg Nissan

Consultant for Scholars in North America
  • Brown University (B.A.)

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.

Kevin Kreiger

Consultant for Scholars in North America

Kevin has been a University Admissions Counselor and Career Coach since 1998. His range of expertise includes graduate schools, and professional aspects from internships to job seeking, resumes, and cover letters. In 2012 he was invited to lead seminars on College Application Essays in Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei. He is also privileged to do extensive volunteer counseling and educational work with scholastically-challenged urban communities in Los Angeles.

Prior to this, he spent 12 years teaching Writing, French, and English Language at institutions from U.C. San Diego to Phillips Andover Academy to the Université de Dijon in France.

His first collection of poetry, KAIROS, will be published this year.

Pelin Kivrak

Consultant for Scholars in North America
  • Havard University (B.A.)
  • Harvard Alumni Interviewer
  • Yale University (PhD Candidate)

Pelin graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Literature. Since graduation, she has worked as an alumni interviewer for Harvard for many years, helping Harvard’s admissions office evaluate prospective students from around the world. A PhD candidate and an instructor at Yale University’s department of Comparative Literature, her broader research interests lie in various humanities fields including philosophy, history of art, film studies and intellectual history.

She has taught literature and film in diverse settings, ranging from college introductory courses to international summer camps for high school students. 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.

Rosemary Jones

Consultant for Scholars in North America
  • University of Adelaide (B.A.)
  • Queens University of Charlotte, North (MFA)

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.

Amanda Guo

Director of Recruitment
  • University of Sydney

Amanda Guo comes from the beautiful province of Jiangsu. She chose to study abroad in Australia at the age of 17 and received a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Communications. 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 American counselors.

Rita Li

Recruiting
  • Tianjin Foreign Studies University

Rita Lee graduated from Tianjin Foreign Studies University with a major in English. Before joining ESC, Rita worked in an English training program for children in Beijing for 4 years. At ESC, she is in charge of talking with prospective families, answering parent and student questions, and interviewing new students.

Melinda Yang

Recruiting
  • Renmin University of China

Melinda Yang graduated from Renmin University of China with a major in Business Management. Prior to ESC, she has been working at international companies in selling and customer service work for years. She is very glad to join ESC, and she hopes she can help students apply to their dream school by her responsible work with them. As the Parent Liaison at ESC, Melinda coordinates with the counselors to ensure a successful college application, also communicates directly with parents about their child’s application, and arranges meetings for counselors and students.

Susan Sun

Student Recruitment Assistant
  • Xingtai University

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!

Louis Von

Recruiting

Louis Von grew up in Ningxia Autonomous Region and received his bachelor’s in Business English Language from Xi’an Fanyi University. Louis brings to the Recruitment Team a rich experience in student life management, as his helped American undergraduates succeed while studying in China prior to joining ESC. An avid traveler, Louis enjoys exotic foods and good drinks, but in the kitchen, he remains faithful to cooking according to his hometown flavor.

Christina Hao

Parent Liaison
  • Hebei Normal University

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. 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 child’s application, and arranges meetings for counselors and students.

Teresa Ma

Parent Liaison
  • University of Newcastle

Teresa graduated from the University of Newcastle, and has, for many years, used her professional and cross-cultural experience in a China-UK joint venture company. Teresa’s outgoing personality and effective communication skills have been put to good use as she has focused on customer service, channel development and maintenance, and enterprise training. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, photography, cooking, film, and music. As a parent liaison, Teresa coordinates with counselors and families to ensure successful college applications, communicates directly with parents regarding their students’ application progress, and translates counselor feedback and parent questions.

Pingli Li

Parent Liaison

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 the counselors to communicate with parents, updates parents about their child’s application, and arranges meetings for counselors and students to ensure a successful college application.

 

Lily Feng

Parent Liaison

Lily is a bilingual and multicultural person 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 system. As a parent liaison, Lily coordinates with the counselors to communicate with parents, updates parents about their child’s application, and arranges meetings for counselors and students to ensure a successful college application.

Melissa Wu

Parent Liaison

Melissa Wu 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 really enjoyed teaching children between 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 child’s application, and arranges meetings for counselors and students to ensure a successful college application.

Paula Zhou

Application Coordinator
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University

Having graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University, Paula Zhou worked in the international department of a public school for about five years. She has accumulated rich experience in helping students get admitted to prestigious U.S. universities and is quite familiar with the application process. As an Application Coordinator at ESC, Paula closely works with counselors and students to ensure a successful college application.

Monica Lyu

Parent Liaison
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University

Monica Liu is a graduate of Beijing Foreign Studies University, where she majored in English. As a Parent Liaison at ESC, she is the communication “bridge” between the parents and ESC, sending Parent Notes regularly to parents, resolving problems in the application process, and providing the utmost support to students and counselors. Her main goal is to ensure smooth and productive communication between the students and their counselors.

Victoria Gu

Director of Marketing and Operations
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong

At ESC, Victoria is in charge of organizing events and managing internal and external communications. Prior to ESC, she was a Project Manager at an IT start-up company. Before that, Victoria gained extensive experience in marketing promotions at several international companies and organizations. She graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Neal Sun

New Media Digital and Marketing Coordinator
  • University of Idaho

Frannie Yuan

Office Manager
  • Nanjing University of Finance and Economics

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.