Tomer Rothschild

  • 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

  • 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

Björn Olafsson

  • University of Chicago

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.

Cierrah West-Williams

  • Columbia University (MA)
  • Villanova University (BA)

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.

Carolyn Sorkin

  • Brown University (BA)
  • Stanford University (MA)
  • New York University (PhD)

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.

Catherine Chan

  • Fordham University (BA)
  • Fordham University (MA)

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.

Christine Zheng

  • Wesleyan University

Christine Zheng is a Mellon Mays Fellow who graduated with honors from Wesleyan University, where she studied Religion and Art History with a concentration in South Asian traditions. During her time at Wesleyan, Christine worked as an arts editor for her school literary magazine and served as an English and Mathematics tutor for local middle-school students. Passionate about academia, she received funding from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to do research at the University of Chicago on Hindu traditions and Kathmandu University in Nepal for Sanskrit studies. In her senior year, she was awarded the Griffin Prize for excellence in the Department of Religion as well as highest honors for her senior thesis on Hindu notions of purity and impurity. At ESC, Christine is passionate about assisting students in articulating their ideas and encouraging them to cultivate their academic passions. In her free time, Christine enjoys making experimental music, cooking, and refining her Chinese and Sanskrit language skills.

Caitlin Harrity

  • University of Pennsylvania

Caitlin Harrity is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Political Science and minored in International Development. At Penn, Caitlin was part of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars program and worked as both the managing editor of the International Relations Journal and a critical writing tutor at the Marks Family Writing Center. She was also involved as a Research Assistant in the Political Science Department of the University of Pennsylvania, conducting research on militant group alliances as well as the global diffusion of advanced military technology. Caitlin enjoys traveling, hiking, and exploring new restaurants with friends. She was drawn to ESC because of her passion for working one-on-one with students, helping them to improve their writing skills and gain confidence in their academic abilities.

Deirdre Quinn

  • Haverford College

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.

Chuck Bush

  • Harvard University (BA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (MBA)

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.

Elaine Poon

  • University of California, Los Angeles

Elaine graduated with honors as a Business Economics major and Entrepreneurship minor at UCLA. During college, Elaine did research on the economic implications behind the import and export of Bolivian quinoa and was published in the school newspaper. Outside of academics, Elaine spent two years working at UCLA Anderson’s MBA admissions office, where she was exposed to application work for the first time. She also volunteered as a mentor for Chinese adoptees through China Care Bruins and became the president of the organization during her junior year. Over two consecutive summers, Elaine was the business and finance teaching assistant for the Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth (CTY) site in Hong Kong. Her experiences led her to ESC, where she enjoys pushing her students to explore new activities and discover their academic passions. In her free time, Elaine loves rock climbing, traveling, and captaining her Beijing flag football team.


Cathy Shufro

  • Brown 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.

Taikye Wright-Brown

  • Harvard University

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.

EJ Mitchell

  • Amherst College

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.

Theresa Tian

  • Amherst College

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.

William Halliday

  • Wesleyan University

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.  

Emily Parliman

  • Kenyon College (BA)
  • George Washington University (MA)

Emily spent several years in Graduate and Business School admissions at The George Washington University. In 4 years in undergraduate admissions at American University, as well as 2 seasons reading applications for UC Berkeley, Emily read thousands of applications and learned much about how selective universities make admission decisions. Emily has worked as a college counselor at independent schools in Washington, D.C., California, and Ohio. She currently lives near her hometown of Cleveland.

Emily holds a BA in English from Kenyon College and an MA in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. She first became interested in admissions as a student at Kenyon, where she gave campus tours and interviewed prospective students. She spent her junior year abroad at the University of Exeter, England.

Yuxi Xia

  • Wellesley College

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 Wennerholm

  • Vassar College

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.

Emily Davidson

  • 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.

Emma Schoenberger

  • 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

  • Brown University

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 Copley

  • Tufts University

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.

Suzi Nam

An accomplished admission and college counseling professional with over 20 years of experience, Suzi is dedicated to helping students find opportunities to thrive, maximize achievements, and realize their aspirations. Holding a master’s degree from The University of Chicago in the social sciences and a bachelor’s degree in history from The College of New Jersey, Suzi is a recognized expert in the field, speaking frequently at conferences including the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Having been director of admission at Swarthmore College and director of college counseling at prominent private schools in the US, Suzi has a keen ability to identify students’ distinctive qualities and an exceptional understanding of how best to guide them through the college process. Suzi grew up most of her life in New Jersey and now, in her free time, enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family, cat, dog and fish.

Jimmy Selent

  • Tulane University

Jimmy is a Dean’s Honors Scholarship recipient and graduate of Tulane University, where he double majored in Chinese History and Asian Studies with a focus on China. At Tulane, Jimmy was involved with multiple New Orleans-centric volunteering agencies including the New Orleans Sports School and helping out with tutoring at various charter schools. Jimmy also studied abroad in Beijing through IES’s intensive language program at Beijing Foreign Studies University and worked for IES after graduating as a resident advisor, managing residential life and the IES homestay program. Prior to joining ESC, Jimmy has spent several years working in Beijing at various educational institutions, including acting as a Writing Center Instructor at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University as well as managing marketing, communications, and bilingual craft beer education at Great Leap Brewing. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction historical novels and doing Sudoku puzzles.

Katie Stewart

  • Yale University

Katie graduated from Yale University with distinction in the English major. Her coursework focused primarily on American poetry, and as a freshman, she won the English Department prize for best essay written by a first-year student. Outside of class, Katie edited a literary journal, tutored in a range of subjects (from creative writing to math), and served as a senior mentor to incoming first-years. After graduation, Katie joined the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship and moved to Anhui Province to design and teach an Oral English curriculum at a public high school. At ESC, Katie takes particular pleasure in helping students grow into stronger writers and articulators of their ideas. Katie is originally from New York City and, in her free time, enjoys playing and watching sports of all kinds.

Larry Stokes

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (BS)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (MS)

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 Wu

  • 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 Shanghai.

Mack Bell

  • Macalester College

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 Hawkins

  • Wesleyan University

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 Lombardo

Consultant for Junior Scholars
  • Columbia University

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.

Pelin Kivrak

  • Harvard University (BA)
  • Yale University (PhD)
Pelin graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Literature and Yale University with a PhD in Comparative Literature. She has worked as an alumni interviewer for Harvard for many years, helping Harvard’s admissions office evaluate prospective students from around the world. She has taught literature and film in diverse settings, ranging from college introductory courses to international summer camps for high school students. Her broader research interests lie in philosophy, history of art, film studies and intellectual history.

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 Chen 

  • 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.

Rosemary Jones

  • University of Adelaide (BA)
  • 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.

Paul James Irizzary

  • 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.

Rachel Brodie

  • Haverford College

Rachel graduated from Haverford College with a degree in Romance Languages. As an undergraduate she led a chapter of Amnesty International, mentored first-year students as a Peer Awareness Facilitator, toured in the U.S. and Europe with the Chamber Singers, and worked as a creative writing and grammar tutor with local middle-schoolers. She studied sociology at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and spent a year studying at Paris-Sorbonne University. During this time she tutored French students in English as a Second Language. Rachel speaks four languages and loves to travel and play music.  After teaching with Americorps and Breakthrough Collaborative, she enjoys using her experience in education to help students at ESC achieve their own educational milestones. 

Amanda Guo

Director of Recruitment
  • University of Sydney

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

  • Xi'an Fanyi University

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

  • Renmin University of China

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 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!

Lily Feng

Parent Liaison

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 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 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.

Allen Zhang

Parent Liaison

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 Wu

Parent Liaison
  • University of Ulster

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 Li

Parent Liaison
  • Beijing Normal University

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.


Yiying Wang

Parent Liaison
  • University of Houston

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.

Sunny Shi

Parent Liaison
  • Monash University

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.

Ruby Wang

  • Communication University of China

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.

Neal Sun

New Media Digital and Marketing Coordinator
  • University of Idaho

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.

Christy Ma

Office Manager
  • Tianjin University of Science and Technology

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.

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.