Lewen Shen has personally experienced the journey of studying overseas and having a successful career abroad. She grew up in Shanghai, China, studied at China Textile University, then received her Bachelor's with Honors from Texas Christian University.
She continued her education with a M.S. degree from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. She then worked in the apparel and Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry where she trained and managed young professionals for over 20 years. She has won many awards including P&G's "Vice President Award of Achievement" and "Best Recruiter Award," as well as Cincinnati Contemporary Chinese School's "Outstanding Service Award." After helping so many students enter their dream schools, Lewen is inspired to continue utilizing her skills and experiences to create the best connections between universities and students.
Terry Mees graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations and completed his MBA degree in Finance and Marketing at UCLA.
During his 24 year career in Financial Management at a Fortune 50 company, Terry recruited and developed many young professionals. With a passion for learning and education, Terry is keen to utilize his extensive knowledge of US colleges and universities and his vast professional experience to help students define and achieve their educational and career goals.
Dr. Glen Chapman was raised in an Appalachian home in Clermont County, Ohio, USA. He has an Associate Degree from Clermont College, a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Education and a doctorate from the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. He speaks French academically, German colloquially, and English as a first language. He presently teaches Educational Psychology and English as a Second Language.
Glen is an advocate for international students, a researcher, and theoretician. He has taught all four skills of English; Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. Coming from the Midwest, he speaks with a North American Midlands accent, arguably the most recognized English accent across the globe. His research interests include designing curriculum, teacher training, and instrument development. Previous studies include International Teaching Assistants, microaggressions, the accuracy of self-reported data, English immersion programs, and specialized writing instruction.Dr. Chapman has two sons and an adopted daughter. He presently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife of 30 years. His hobbies include baseball, traveling, and listening to opera.
Taylor graduated with honors from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree; his major was Comparative Literature and Society. He has been tutoring for almost a decade, teaching courses in English, literature, debate, public speaking to students of all ages. His chief passion is introducing students to classic literary works and seeing them develop their writing, analysis and critical thinking, kindling their desire to reach goals and achieve their potential. Taylor is also fluent in French and Russian.
Before beginning his career in academia, Dr. Ranney was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army (Infantry) rising from the enlisted rank (E4) to Lieutenant Colonel (05) and serving in various positions and posts around the world including Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the 1st Armored Division ‘Old Ironsides.'
He completed his BA in Modern European History, a MA in Comparative Literature, and a Ph.D. at Ohio University in Comparative Arts. Since 2000, he was the Test Administrator and faculty for Arkansas State University – Beebe located at the Little Rock Air Force Base campus overseeing and monitoring the CLEP / DSST/ Accupacer, and Wonderlic placement examinations and administering over 21,000 tests and being one of the top 25 testing centers in the nation. Additionally, he also taught three or four classroom courses per sixteen week term and an online classis to include World Literature I and II, Introduction to Humanities I and II, Fine Arts: Cinema, Fine Arts: Theatre, and History of Western Art courses.
Shannon Reilly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the State University of New York at Oswego in Secondary Education and English and went on to write her Master of Arts in English at Tulane University in New Orleans. She has taught English literature and writing courses at Tulane University, Xavier University of Louisiana, the University of New Orleans, and Rowan College at Burlington County.
In a teaching career spanning fifteen years, Shannon has taught English composition, advanced grammar, women's literature, classical world literature, American literature, poetry, an d literary criticism. She strongly believes that scholarship in the humanities is essential to a successful career across professions, as well as a mirror into better understanding ourselves and a window into connecting with and understanding others. Shannon lives in a New Jersey suburb of Philadelphia with her two children, who are both avid readers.
Sue Ping Shi has extensive educational and living experiences in the US. With a Master's Degree in Architecture, she worked in major architecture firms and acquired significant professional skills in management, communication and organization.
Before coming to the US, she was a faculty at a major university in China. Therefore, she has formed deep cross-cultural insights into different societies, particularly in educational systems. She specializes in college preparation consultation to high school students. Beginning with helping students from China to enroll in the prestigious US high schools, she provides long-term consultation for students throughout their high-school years. She grounds students on the recruitment philosophy of US universities, provides university selection, financial aid, and campus visit guidance.
Chuck McGivern is currently the Associate Director of College Counseling and Upper School English teacher at the Cincinnati Country Day School. Chuck earned a B.A./M.A dual-degree in English and Education from LaSalle University and a M.S.ED. from Temple University. He is currently a member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and ACCIS (Admission Counseling of College Counselors in Independent Schools), which grants him vast opportunities to visit colleges, attend annual conferences, and network with professionals from all over the U.S. For eighteen years in education, Chuck has taught a range of English courses, advised and counseled students and families from 9th to 12 grade, and coached four different varsity sports teams.
In 2013, Chuck was the recipient of Cincinnati Country Day’s Pattinson Award, recognized by faculty for excellence in teaching. As a college counselor over the last eight years, Chuck works with students and families to find the right college match, first guiding them with course scheduling and standardized testing, then helping them develop college lists, including how to visit colleges and interview, and finally shepherding them through the college application process, including how to write college essays and interpret financial aid packages..
Christine Irby earned a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and an M.A. in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati. Christine has been working in special education with elementary school students for 19 years and currently works as the lead intervention specialist. She was a part of the Extended Common Core Revision Committee and has vast experience in teaching elementary school students in early English education and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The Socrates to your Plato. The Professor Dumbledore to your Harry Potter.