Program Staff and Teachers
Pre-College Program Coordinator
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.
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.
Asia Program Specialist
Li Chen earned her M.A. in Economics and Education from Teachers College Columbia University. She used to serve as an English Teacher, Project Manager and Recruiting Officer for almost six years in Beijing New Oriental School, where she was awarded the Teacher of Year 2006 and 2007.In addition, she also worked as a Teaching Associate in Department of East Asian Language and Culture, Columbia University, finished her internship at Department of Economics and Social Affairs, United Nations and New York Service Center for Chinese Study Fellows, served as an interpreter and coordinator for many groups of Chinese university presidents, Chinese school principals, Chinese visiting scholars, and different aged Chinese students. She has a deep understanding of global education environment and trends, very passionate about the international education and endeavor to dedicate herself to the development and reform of Chinese education.
Vanessa is a Masters student in the Psychology in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Originally from Hong Kong, she completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at Brown University. At Brown, she also earned a Masters degree in Sociology. As an active alumna of Brown, she has had extensive experience interviewing prospective students in Hong Kong and New York. Before she came to New York, she was the President of the Brown University Alumni Association of Hong Kong for three years. Currently working as a Youth Services Coordinator in a community health center and as a research assistant at a hospital, Vanessa enjoys working with youth and is excited to contribute to the PCP program as a Special Advisor.
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 Instructor
Neal received a Master's Degree in TESOL from Teachers College, and has taught ESL in TC's Community English Program as well as in other New York area schools. A longtime New York City resident, he brings his knowledge and love of New York City into the language classroom. He has also worked in government and consulted non-profit organizations on economic development, real estate, and urban planning issues. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, concentrating in European and modern Chinese History.
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.
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.
Shengxi "Max" Yuan
Max was a former PCCW pre-college student. He started studying in the US in early 2006. Max earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in May 2012. He received many honors and awards during the course of study at Penn, including Kelly Family Scholarship, Faculty Appreciation Award, and summa cum laude honor. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering at Columbia University. Max was formerly a Pre-College Student at University of Pennsylvania in 2005. He is very enthusiastic about sharing his experience in studying/living in the US with PCP student