Program Staff and Teachers
Pre-College Program Coordinator
Li Jing received her B.A (international business) and M.A. (American Studies) from Beijing Foreign Studies University, where she worked for School of International Business, School of Online-Education, teaching academic English at college-level and professional language training. After that, she worked at High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, one of China's most acknowledged schools, as Director of International Programs. There she led the school’s international initiatives to develop over 40 international programs in 12 countries, with extensive expertise working closely with overseas universities, schools and foundations. She is currently attending the Executive MPA program at School of International and Public Affairs (Ding Fellowship and International Fellowship), Columbia University. She holds a principal leadership certificate from Graduate School of Education, Harvard University and attended scholarship program at East & West Center, Hawaii.
Xiaoxiao received her B.A in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A) with a concentration in Economic Policy Management from the School of Public and International Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University. As an active alumna of Penn and SIPA, she has been working together with the International Programs of Penn Graduate School of Education, and the Office of International Affairs of Teachers College, Columbia University in creating international leadership programs for students from China. Ms. Qin also worked for the United Nations in New York, from 2004 to 2008, and established her own non-profit organization, China Society, in 2007. As one of the founders of the Pre-College Program, she sincerely wishes every participant a successful future.
David Kerachsky joined the staff at Teachers College in March 2012 as coordinator for the U.S.--China Future Leaders Program. David brings to this position over five years of experience working on university-based international education programs directed by the Office of International Programs within the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Of particular relevance to his current position is his experience with various educational programs for pre-collegiate international students from China that he helped develop and run while at the University of Pennsylvania. David earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and a mini-MBA in Business Essentials from Rutgers University in 2004 and master's in Information & Knowledge Strategy from Columbia University in 2013.
Home School RepresentativeFan Xu, head teacher and math instructor at Shenzhen Nanshan Concord College of Sino-Canada Shenzhen China. He has been teaching high school math since graduating with a Degree of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from College. In addition to high school maths, Mr. Fan has also offered AP Calculus, SAT Math Prep and has tutored students at his school to compete in Waterloo University Math Contest. He has also taught Math in Canada in an exchange program for half a year in 2012.
Timothy Ignaffo is currently a PhD Candidate in Philosophy and Education. He is also the Vice President of the Middle States Association for Philosophy of Education, and an Education Coordinator for the Department of Arts and Humanities, and College Counsellor for the Pre-College Program. Prior to working for the Pre-College Program, he was the Program Manager/Field Coordinator for the Early Childhood Education program at Teachers College, and the Co-Founder of the Columbia University Philosophy Outreach. Before coming to TC, he was a Teacher & Administrator for a small independent school in East Harlem, NY.
Qiqi received his B.A. from Beijing University of International Relations with honors. Currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Reading, Writing, and Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, Qiqi formerly taught at Beijing New Oriental School for four years. Very active in the Penn Chinese student communitQiqi stood as the vice president for social activities in Penn's Chinese Students and Scholars Association from 2007 to 2008. He also chairs the Greater China Students and Scholars Association at Penn's Graduate School of Education. Qiqi has been working at Penn GSE International since 2007 when he began to teach and then to coordinate at Penn-PCCW Program, Penn-Security Association of China Executive Training Program, Penn-East China Normal University Joint Ed.D program and Penn-NAEA Training Program for Chinese Higher Education Leaders.
Megan Shudde is originally a native of Phoenix, Arizona. She attended college at Georgetown University where she completed a major in Arabic, a minor in Spanish, and certificate in Arab Studies. During her first two years after graduation, she worked as a literacy and test prep tutor in the Phoenix area. She moved to New York in July 2011 to begin her masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Teachers College, Columbia University. When she finishes her masters, she hopes to teach ESL in New York or Washington, DC. One of her greatest passions is teaching students how to use and appreciate the English language. In her spare time, she loves exploring new neighborhoods and taking advantage of all that the city has to offer.
American Culture and TOEFL Instructor
Tomomi Park has obtained her B.A. from Soka University of America on a Merit Scholarship and her M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University on a Minority Scholarship. With six years of experience, she has taught ESL in a variety of settings, including Nobeoka Vocational High School in Japan and the Community English Program (CEP) of Columbia University. Her research has focused on the benefits derived from extensive reading in the areas of vocabulary development, attitudes toward reading, and writing skills. She is bilingual in English and Japanese, and currently holds JLPT N2 certification. An active participant in her community, she is a member of TESOL: A Global Education Association and the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association (JETAA). Her additional interests include literature, linguistics, and fine arts.
Tara L. Conley
Speech Communication Instructor
Tara L. Conley, Ed.D in Computing, Communication, and Technology in Education (CCTE) Teachers College, specializes in working with youth and media. Tara is also the founder and president of Media Make Change. She received a Master's degree in Women's Studies from Texas Woman's University, and an undergraduate degree in English from The University of Houston (Magna Cum Laude). Tara has over 10 years of experience working in ESL education, media, and communications. She has worked as a writer, communications specialist, new media campaign strategist, and digital video producer for various organizations and companies nationwide. Her course for the Pre-College Program at Teachers College, Columbia University is Speech Communication where she guides students in honing their English speech communication skills and multimedia production skills (including digital video and Wordpress web design).
Guannan "Mandy" Shen
Mandy is currently a Ph.D. student in Speech and Language Pathology. She holds a M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been teaching English as a foreign language in different institutions in both China and the US for 5 years. Her research interest is the neural correlates of second language development and reading disorders.