Mila Tan - Pepperdine University
Mila handles both admissions consultations and a broad range of English classes for the centers. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Management degree, and worked at multiple non-government organizations throughout the 1990s and 2000s before focusing on educational advising and teaching English at the high school level in China. Literacy, reading and cross cultural communication are her passions; encouraging curiousity and critical thinking are her mantras.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Teaches Math, AP Calculus, IB Math, and AP/IB Chemistry
Teaches English and Physics
Teaches AP/IB Chemisty,
Physics and Biology
Teaches AP U.S. History and AP World History
New York University
Teaches AP/IB Economics
University of Nottingham
Teaches AP/IB Chinese
San Francisco State University
Teaches SAT/ACT English, Speech and Writing
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Teaches IB/IGCSE Spanish
New York University
Teaches Chemistry, Biology and Physics
University of Oxford
Teaches English, Reading and Writing.
Fion Zhang - University of California, San Diego
After studying and working in the United States for nearly 10 years, Fion has a deep understanding of the American education system and teaching model, and she has extensive experience in this field. Fion combines Chinese and Western educational concepts, patiently and meticulously, teaching students in accordance with their aptitude, and developing unique instructional programs for different students to enhance their academic performance. At the same time, Fion insists the key to stimulating students' interest in learning. Different educational strategies are adopted to guide students to establish correct learning methods and attitudes, and to develop students' independent learning ability and thinking ability so that students can better prepare for their future studies.
Sean Ma - Founder and CEO - Columbia University and Cambridge University
Sean is a member of IACAC (International Association for College Admission Counseling) as well as IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). He also is proctor of Brigham Young University's independent study program, in all of which he is quite continuously invested. Initially, Mr. Ma worked for investment banks within the United States in addition to working as a teacher for international institutions, holding the prestigious Massachusetts Educators' license and private pliot's license as proof of his commitment. Sean brings his more than 10 years of experience in admissions counseling and teaching SAT/ACT/AP/IB to fruition in all that is MA Academy.
Mengqi Ding - Partner/Director of Pudong Office - Columbia University
Through years of studying education and developmental psychology, Mengqi has solidified a unique and tested approach to helping students reach their full learning potential. Attending both university and graduate school within United States equipped Ms. Ding with a comprehensive understanding of the Western education system and its content. Additionally, she has been teaching Mathematics, Computer Science, and the SAT for 5 years. Ms.Ding is wholly committed to helping our students achieve better academic performance and results, but also attain self-confidence and a better understanding of themselves. In recent years, she has also been working as an Admissions Consultant, dedicated to helping students get into their dream colleges.
Wendy Luo - Director of Huacao Office - University of California, San Diego
Pursuing and providing elite education in the United States for nearly 10 years, Wendy has acquired a deep and tacit understanding of the American education system, particularly primary and secondary education in both the East and West Coast of the United States. Ms. Luo is known for her impassioned teaching style and for having supreme patience with and understanding of her students. Her teaching emphasizes on promoting Active Learning and building lasting confidence within each mentee. She believes that a teacher’s primary duty is to inspire hope and instill a genuine love of learning within all taught. By using her years of scholastic study in conjunction with her working experiences in both the US and China, Ms. Luo is committed to providing her students with higher grade performance, better learning strategies, and lifelong benefits for fostering the habit of true Active Learning.
Luke Yarabe - Director of Counseling - Harvard University
Luke is the Senior Admissions Consultant here at MA Academy. He has 3 years of full-time teaching experience at a public high school in Fuji City (Japan), 6 months of Test-Prep and Liberal Arts curriculum design experience in Tokyo, 1 year of Admissions Consulting and Test Prep experience in Guangzhou, and 3 summers worth of camp counseling experience in various cities across Japan. During his time in the Land of the Rising Sun, Luke co-led the English after-school club for his high school for 3 straight years. In line with his scholastic experience, Luke has also led educational tours in Boston for high school students looking to further their goals. Mr. Yarabe enjoyed his time in the field of education to the utmost and counts coaching the winner of the 2017 National Speech Contest for Commercial High Schools in Japan as his greatest life accomplishment so far! Coming in at a close second, one of Luke's former middle school students was proudly able to take classes at his alma mater, the Harvard Summer School, last summer. Mr. Yarabe's goal is to have to same profound and lasting impact on MA Academy's scholars as well.
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Elisa Liu - Columbia University
Gain her master degree in Cognitive Science working in Education, from Columbia University. She specializes in teaching based on cognitive strategies related to memory and test-taking skills.She was a research assistant at Institute for Learning Technology, at Columbia University, and conducted research into language development and educational psychology.After graduation, she was dedicated to the tutoring of Chinese and American high schools students in preparing college examinations. Tutoring Subjects: SAT (Reading & Writing), TOEFL, GRE and GMAT (verbal section)