“We feel that talented students, who have the courage to travel and study abroad, deserve ethical and comprehensive guidance on such important decisions.”
-Michael J. Novielli and Andrew Sohn, Co-Founders
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Columbia College of Columbia University. After graduating from Columbia, Andrew joined the Investment Banking division of J.P. Morgan, where he worked in the Financial Sponsor Group.
Outside of work, Andrew co-founded 116 to Wall Street, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating college students about the financial services industry. Through 116 to Wall Street, Andrew mentored hundreds of students who went on to secure jobs in finance. He is also actively involved with the Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA), serving as the Chairman of the Class of 2004 Alumni Fund, as well as Vice Chairman of the CCAA Board of Directors’ Career Services Committee.
Prior to founding Due West, Andrew worked at Irving Place Capital (IPC), a leading New York-based institutional private equity firm focused on middle market investing with $4.4 billion assets under management.
Andrew serves as a Co-Founder & CEO on the Due West Team and is based in Beijing.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History & East Asian Studies with a concentration in Secondary Education from Columbia College of Columbia University. Michael also holds two Master of Education degrees: one in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University and another in Comparative & International Education from Teachers College of Columbia University.
After receiving his Master of Education degree from Harvard, Michael worked at Columbia University, holding several senior positions, including Assistant Director of the Student Service Center, Director of Student Outreach, and Chief of Administration for Student Auxiliary & Business Services. Michael also interviewed prospective students for Columbia’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions for six years.
Prior to founding Due West, Michael worked as an SAT teacher for TestTakers and as Director of Recruitment for the highly selective Lex Kim English School in Seoul, Korea.
Michael serves as a Co-Founder on the Due West Team and is based in Singapore.
Adam Presser holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese from Yale College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. At Yale, Adam was a pole-vaulter for the Varsity Men’s Track and Field team, and spent three summers studying and working in China.
After graduating from Yale, Adam studied at Tsinghua University’s Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies as a Blakemore Freeman Fellow. Adam later joined Ticketmaster’s China offices as a Senior Director, overseeing much of the company’s China operations. While at Ticketmaster, Adam was also General Manager of the majority Chinese state-owned joint-venture entity that served as the primary ticketing provider for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Adam is currently a JD/MBA candidate at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Law School.
Adam serves as Partner on the Due West Team and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
College Counseling Team
Keith E. Hernandez
Keith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History & Hispanic Studies from Columbia College of Columbia University. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Chicago. Keith previously worked as an Undergraduate Admissions Officer for Columbia University, where he managed a portion of submitted applications and coordinated recruitment and selection for the Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program.
As an educational innovator and an expert on educational exchange in China, Keith often shares his insights at conferences and with the media. He is a member of the admission organizations OACAC, NACAC and ABAFOILSS.
Keith serves as a Senior Advisor of Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government with a focus on International Relations and a minor in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, he was a Dickey Center War and Peace Fellow and a Senior Leadership Fellow at the Rockefeller Center of Public Policy. John worked as a Senior Assistant Director at the Dartmouth Admissions Office, where he was responsible for both U.S. and international (Middle East and South Asia) recruitment and selection, which included travel to India, China, and Southeast Asia. In his final year with Dartmouth, John served as the International Recruitment Manager, overseeing the selection process for all of Dartmouth’s international applicants.
Prior to joining Due West, John spent 6 months backpacking abroad, including in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.
John serves as a Vice President of Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Tania holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in African and African American Studies from Amherst College. Through her major coursework, she focused on issues of race, migration and colonial identity in Africa. She also pursued the pre-medical requirements and completed a certificate in social innovation and entrepreneurship.
While at Amherst, Tania was a Civic Engagement Scholar and selected as Class Marshal. Upon graduating, Tania worked as a special assistant to the Provost, having helped coordinate Amherst’s strategic plan for the next decade. She transitioned to the Amherst Office of Admission as a Senior Admission Fellow and then subsequently as Assistant Dean of Admission.
She was responsible for U.S. and international recruitment and selection, traveling extensively around the world to meet prospective students and evaluating thousands of applications. As a former Admission Officer, she believes in the power of education to transform lives and is committed to supporting young people in achieving their full potential. Tania is currently Class Alumni President and is actively involved with the Amherst Alumni Association as member of its executive committee.
Tania serves as an Associate Director on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Wisconsin. While in college he served as a reading tutor to students in a low income school district, worked as an after school program leader at a grade school, and was a camp counselor for 3 summers.
Prior to joining Due West, Jason worked in admissions at several universities throughout the United States. After spending a number of years in Higher Education, Jason took time off to spend 4 months traveling throughout the United States, Europe, and China. He is passionate about Higher Education, with a specific interest in international exchange at the university level.
Jason serves as a Strategy Counselor on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Rowena was born and raised in New York, where she graduated from Hunter College High School, a top liberal arts high school. She graduated from Smith College with a BA in Government (International Relations) and Studio Art. After graduation she interned with the Chinatown Manpower Project, providing residents of the lower Manhattan community with job placement and career development services. She later received a scholarship from the Confucius Institute to study Chinese language and culture at Nanjing Normal University. Before coming to Due West, she worked as a consultant within New Oriental’s National Branch Management Office. All of her students were admitted to top 50 US Universities and Liberal Arts colleges.She is involved in Beijing’s literary community and serves as a design lead for the Spittoon literary collective’s magazine.
Rowena serves as a Strategy Counselor on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Taylor graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Within her major, she focused on the intersection of gender, race, and law in the United States. Taylor is passionate about research, writing, and storytelling: This passion has influenced her personal and professional trajectories. Her senior essay won Yale’s Steere Prize in Women’s Studies.
At Yale, Taylor played on and coached the women’s club water polo team, served as an administrative aide in her residential college (Branford College), volunteered with a local New Haven nonprofit, and interviewed prospective applicants as a Senior Interviewer with the Admissions Office. Taylor also studied abroad in Paris, France, where she pursued French fluency and first became interested in building cross-cultural connections and living outside of the United States.
After graduation, Taylor joined the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship and moved to a small village near Huangshan in Anhui Province. There, she was responsible for designing, building, and teaching a supplementary Oral English/American culture course to 115 Senior 1 and Senior 2 students at a local public high school. Taylor is thrilled to continue working with students on their applications and supporting them as they discover and delve into their academic passions at Due West.
Taylor serves as a Strategy Counselor on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Raven grew up in Georgia. She participated in the IB Program at North Atlanta High School where she received the IB Diploma. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Asian/Middle Eastern Studies. During her time at Dartmouth, she studied Mandarin, lived and worked in Beijing, and became passionate about education in China. She also worked for Teach For China and Dandelion Middle School, a middle school for migrant children in Beijing.
Prior to joining Due West, Raven taught English in Beijing to students aged 3 to 16.
Raven serves as a Strategy Counselor on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Connecticut College, with minors in Economics and Italian Studies. During his time at Connecticut, he was a member of the Varsity Soccer team, served on the school’s Government Department Student Advisory Board, and spent a year living in Italy working for an Italian newspaper and studying Italian economics, politics, and history.
After graduating from college, Nick lived in Taiwan for two years where he joined a semi-professional soccer team and studied Mandarin at Taipei Language Institute. Afterward, he further pursued his Mandarin studies at Southwest University of Nationalities’ in Chengdu.Prior to joining Due West, he taught Business English and provided cultural consulting to Chinese undergraduate university students who were preparing to study abroad for their Master’s Degree.
Nick has been involved in education in each country he has lived in and holds a graduate level TESOL certificate from U.E.C. in Bangkok, as well as another TEFL certificate from HESS International in Taiwan.
Nick serves as a Strategy Counselor on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Blake Mei holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He also holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, where he advanced to PhD candidacy. He is an admissions mentor and ambassador for Washington University in St. Louis, and a member of the American Mensa.
Previously as a SAT/ACT test prep teacher, Blake had 100+ students with 30+ ACT scores, 40+ students with 33+ ACT scores. While in high school, Blake received recognition as a Presidential Scholar for having taken 21 AP Tests with an average score of 3.5+. During his free time, Blake likes to play sports, travel, and hike.
Prior to joining Due West and since 2011, Blake served as teacher and counselor for various education organizations, most recently working as a lead teacher for a global test preparation and consulting agency in Beijing.
Blake is a Strategy Counselor on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Michael was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from USC with a BA degree in English Literature. While studying at USC, Michael volunteered at local high schools around Los Angeles, where he helped students brainstorm their personal statements and apply to college. During his senior year, he worked for the school’s newspaper The Daily Trojan as a photographer, news writer, and blogger. Over the past four years, he has also worked part-time teaching English writing skills to Chinese students via an online learning platform.
After graduating, Michael came to China as an English teacher for kids and teens. Prior to Due West, Michael worked at a college consulting firm where he provided services to aspiring high school students who were interested in American Colleges. Michael not only wants to be an inspiration like his previous teachers before him, but also a mentor and a guide for his students.
Michael serves as a Counselor on the Due West Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Sijia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree Yale University in Humanities, with a focus on 19th-century British art and literature, and in Economics, with a focus on the post-liberalization Chinese economy. While at Yale, she was a member of the Yale Political Union, joined the Yale novel-writing club, and wrote for the Yale Daily News.
Prior to joining Due West, Sijia helped found a preparatory program for high school students in Beijing, which intends to ease their cultural transition to the United States. She also has experience advising and tutoring Yale students in terms of writing and classwork.
Sijia serves as a Counselor on the Due West College Counseling team and is based in Beijing.
Kristen graduated magna cum laude from Hainan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Exchange. In her senior year, she worked as an academic advisor for an international education company. As the student ambassador and athlete, she won multiple scholarships, worked, and conducted research for professors in the topic areas of economics, marine agriculture, and journalism.
Kristen holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston College, with a focus on international education policies and curriculum instruction. She holds a state Teacher’s License in secondary education in Massachusetts and worked as a public high school teacher and for the US college admissions counseling. During her time as a teacher, she helped students organize fundraising events, Asian club activities, and was the core faculty for the city’s foreign language curriculum framework upgrade.
Prior to joining Due West, Kristen was the program facilitator for one of the United States largest summer programs in Minnesota, where she was responsible for hundreds of students and over 30 faculty and staff. She has worked with several Charter and private schools in Brighton and Cambridge, MA, in educational administration.
Kristen is a Counselor on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Chloe holds a Master of Science in Educational Linguistic Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude from Saint Joseph’s University, where she double-majored in International Business and Economics. During her undergraduate and graduate programs, Chloe became passionate about student development. At the University of Pennsylvania, she was a Graduate Advisor at the Graduate School of Education responsible for guiding international students in academic and extracurricular development. While attending Saint Joseph’s University, she was a Resident Assistant in the Office of Residence Life and assisted both US and international students to adapt to college life.
Chloe is fascinated with exploring innovative approaches to student learning and development. Professionally, Chloe was involved in educational entertainment content design at Hasbro, Inc. in Providence, Rhode Island, and served in the government civil service in Singapore promoting talent and scholarship development. In more recent years, with her keen interest in helping future international learners succeed in their educational aspirations, she developed and delivered numerous English language and cross-cultural studies programs in the United States, Japan, and Singapore to international students and scholars from all walks of life.
Chloe serves as a Counselor on the Due West College Counseling team and is based in Beijing.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College with a concentration in Anthropology and minors in Economics and Government. While at Hamilton, Elizabeth served as a Levitt Center researcher, an alumni office intern, and a varsity cross country runner. Through her role at the Levitt Center, Elizabeth tutored English in Utica, NY. She also studied abroad at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland and studied Politics and Conflict Resolution, which sparked her interest in cross cultural education and helping students from other countries study abroad in the United States.
Following graduation, Elizabeth worked as an education research assistant in Washington, DC, where she studied the effectiveness of US education policies and grant programs. She went on to teach English in Thailand through a US State Department Fulbright grant. Additionally, Elizabeth has worked as an editor and writer for both international and American publications, and she is a volunteer fellowship application coach for the Posse Foundation.
Elizabeth serves as a Counselor on the Due West College Counseling team and is based in Beijing.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and East Asian Studies from Vanderbilt University, as well as a Master of Education from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. While studying in Nashville, TN she was involved in several multi-cultural student groups and a founding member of the Vandy Undergraduate Chinese Association. As a graduate student she collaborated with Humphrey Fellows focused on Educational Administration.
Prior to joining Due West, Laura worked as a Senior Consultant for New Oriental in the US Undergraduate department.
Laura serves as a Counselor on the Due West College Counseling team and is based in Beijing.
Originally from Monroe, Michigan, Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Culture along with a specialization in French from Michigan State University. Chris also holds a Master of China Studies with a focus on International Relations and Public Politics from the Yenching Academy of Peking University, where he analyzed changes in US-China immigration frameworks. Chris is fluent in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin, and is passionate about foreign language acquisition and community building through service projects. Through various study abroad programs to Latin-America, Europe, and Asia, Chris put his bridge-building values into action over the course of organizing community cultural exchanges, and by teaching French and Spanish in locations such as the US, Belize, and in China.
Chris also has an extensive amount of mentoring experience. For instance, while studying abroad in Belize, Chris organized service learning projects designed to promote student learning, civic service, community development, and education on health, nutrition, and hygiene. Chris expanded on his mentoring abilities during his two years at Yenching Academy, where he served as a mentor and provided paraprofessional advising to 28 scholars scholars (International and Chinese), and regularly developed innovative strategies to bridge gaps between both communities. Most recently, Chris successfully increased the Public Speaking skills of 300+ students between ages 14-19 in a Model UN conference held in both Beijing and Chengdu. When Chris is not traveling, taking photos, studying Chinese, exercising, playing the ukulele, laughing or eating.
Chris serves as a Counselor on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Jayson received his Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude in Physics and Philosophy from Amherst College in Massachusetts. His academic interests span the philosophy of language, to literature, to ethics and the philosophy of science. A vocalist from a young age, Jayson performed and travelled to Ireland with the Amherst College Concert Choir and took part in several musical productions in the local community of Western Massachusetts. He also served on the Board of Directors of the town of Amherst’s community theater. Apart from performance, Jayson led several student groups including the Philosophy Club, Chess Club and Mindfulness Club on campus.
After graduating, Jayson joined the staff of the Office of Admission at Amherst College where he served as an Admission Counselor for two years, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. He travelled internationally and regionally, read and evaluated applications, co-directed several on-campus programs and managed student workers. Jayson’s career interests lie squarely in higher education – he is committed to technological education parity and has a particular interest in international admissions and student affairs.
Jayson serves as a Counselor on the Due West College Counseling team and is based in Beijing.
Originally from Los Angeles, Antonio holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy from California State University, Long Beach. He also holds a Master of Arts in East Asian History from Columbia University. While studying abroad in France as an undergraduate, Antonio developed an interest in Chinese history, and he has spent the last several years studying modern Chinese history, the history of medicine, and the Chinese language. His master’s thesis was on the development of plastic and cosmetic surgery in twentieth century China, which began as early as the 1920s.
Fond of both travel and teaching, before arriving at Due West, Antonio taught as a Graduate Student Instructor at the University of California, Berkeley and an Assistant English Teacher for the French Ministry of Education. He has also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and National Taiwan University in Taipei.
Antonio serves as a Counselor on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Wenjing earned her Bachelor’s degree in law from Ningbo University and her Master’s degree in international law from Nanjing University School of Law. She has also passed the Chinese National Bar Exam. During her graduate studies, she spent a year at the John Hopkins University–Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American studies. While there, she coordinated summer educational programs for students from Emory University and Northeastern University studying abroad in China.
Prior to joining Due West, Wenjing interned at Fangben Law Firm, a leading law firm in Shanghai.
Wenjing serves as a Strategy Counselor on the Due West Parent Coordinator Team and is based in Beijing.
Secondary Counseling Team
Rick has a BSFS in international economics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a MSc in international relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He also has a MSc. TESOL from Aston University, now a part of the University of Birmingham, and M.Ed in Curriculum Design and Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University where he was inducted into Phi Delta Kappa.
Rick joins Due West after working for a long time at Cardigan Mountain School where he served as Director of International Student Program and International Relations. Rick oversaw Cardigan’s international student placement, international fundraising, and international alumni and parent associations. During his years there, he also coached, taught several foreign languages, and served as a dorm parent. Prior to working at Cardigan, Rick was a foreign expert in Changchun, Jilin where he taught International Business and Multinational Corporation Management at the Changchun Tax College. He also taught at the Changchun Foreign Languages School. Rick worked in business before he became an educator. His children, Elizabeth and Joe, are attending college in the US. Mary, his wife, also lives in Beijing. Rick is fluent in several languages, including Chinese.
Rick serves as a Vice President on the Due West Secondary Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Kate graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in both Communication and Spanish from Millikin University. As a student, she was actively involved in the MU athletics department as a varsity athlete and was a radio DJ on Millikin’s student run radio station. She earned her Masters of Science in Service Leadership and Innovation from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Prior to joining Due West, Kate was an International Student Advisor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she advised international students on immigration and cultural adjustments issues. She also provided mentorship and leadership training to major student organizations at RIT.
Kate serves as a Director on the Due West Secondary Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Will Berrey graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont with his Bachelors of Arts in both International Relations and Asian Studies and a focus on Chinese and Japanese language and culture. As a student, he was actively involved on the Rowing and Brazillian Jiujitsu club teams as well as culture and language clubs.
As a high school student, Will attended boarding school in Wisconsin, where he participated in athletics, theater, music, and a variety of other extracurricular activities. He has also studied Chinese for over 10 years and has lived in China three times, the first during a yearlong high school study abroad program with School Year Abroad (SYA) in Beijing.
Prior to joining Due West, Will was an International Admission Officer at the University of Rhode Island, where he was responsible for international student admissions. He was also responsible for managing and developing a worldwide education counselor network at URI.
Will serves as a Counselor on the Due West Secondary Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies with a focus on US foreign policy in East Asia from American University. While at university, Daniel worked a variety of positions in Washington D.C., Thailand, and China. In D.C., he worked primarily with under-resourced communities to increase literacy rates. In Thailand, he worked as the head English teacher at a public school in rural Thailand.
In China, he volunteered as a cultural teacher in Dalian. Prior to joining Due West, Daniel worked as a Fulbright Teacher in Thailand for the United States Department of State. Daniel serves as a Counselor on the Due West Secondary Placement Team and is based in Beijing.
Daniel serves as a Counselor on the Due West Secondary Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
English Language Program
Rhianna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University. She also holds a CELTA teaching credential obtained through Cambridge University. She has teaching experience in the U.S., Sweden and Japan.
Prior to joining Due West, she spent four years on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, a Japanese government initiative to improve foreign language education and promote internationalization. As a JET participant, Rhianna served as an Event Manager, Regional Advisor, and Chairperson for various special interests groups including the Oita AJET Council and JETs of African Descent. During her tenure she also managed charity events that improved access to affordable education in Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. She’s been described as a creative, fun-loving, and enthusiastic educator whose students consistently look forward to participating in her classes.
Rhianna serves as a Manager on the Due West English Language Team and is based in Beijing.
Parent Coordination Team
Mary Exton earned her Bachelor’s degree from Hunan Changsha University of Science & Technology. After graduation, she worked in the training center of SongLiao Water Resource and Electric Power Institute. In 1995, she moved to New Hampshire, US with her husband, and worked on the campus of Cardigan Mountain School. Mary obtained her Master of Education with the focus on Information Technology from Plymouth State University. She has taught Algebra, Computer Science and Mandarin Chinese language in the US high schools for 17 years, where she established the computer program and the Mandarin Chinese language program. She was selected as AP Computer Science Reader by College Board in 2008.
Mary is passionate in Global Education, project base learning.
She serves as a Director on the Due West Parent Coordination Team and is based in Beijing.
Lina earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Hotel Management from Hebei Foreign Studies University. During her studies in college, she volunteered in the school’s international students center as the coordinator of admission office. and she also graduate as an outstanding graduate.
Prior to joining Duewest, Lina works in the Intercontinental Hotels Group as a guest service manager.
Lina serves as a Parent Coordinator Manager on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Kay graduated from Inner Mongolia Normal University where she earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Pedagogy and Geography. Prior to joining Due West, she gained plenty of experience in teaching English and coordinating in an international English training school. Moreover, she served as coordinator and translator for the international program at a large Bio-Pharmaceutical company located in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.
Kay is always a passionate, fun-loving, and accommodating person.
Kay serves as a Parent Coordinator on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Meijun studied in Sichuan Province. She graduated from Southwest University Nationalities Law School with her Bachelor of Arts in Law. Prior to joining Due West, she organized events/parties, taught oral English, and supported customers by helping them solve their problems in an English training school.
She has a wide-range of interests and likes to try different things.
May serves as a Parent Coordinator on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Shane graduated from Hebei University of Science and Technology with a degree in English. She earned Test For English Major 8 certificate as well as TL9000 Internal Auditor certificate. She has rich work experience on coordination and project management. Prior to joining Due West, she worked in global leading telecommunication service vendor Aicent, where she was in charge of translating, service quality assessment and analysis.
Shane serves as a Parent Coordinator on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Judy graduated from Beijing International Studies University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Then she earned MBA degree from De Montfort University, UK.
Prior to joining Due West, Judy worked for an US business consulting firm as Executive Assistant, Translator/Interpreter between English and Chinese, Project Liaison and Coordinator, and Accounting Manager.
Judy serves as a Parent Coordinator on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Betty graduated from Capital Normal University, majoring in computer science and technology. She is very interested in languages and self-studied English, Japanese and basic French.
After graduation, she worked for an international exhibition company and a 3D film production company respectively. Betty is a dreamer, having infinite curiosity to the world. She has a passion to good food.
Betty serves as a Parent Coordinator on the Due West College Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Jessie moved to Beijing when she was 10 years old and grew up here since then. Before going abroad to study in the UK, she studied at an international high school, Cambridge International Center at New Talent Academy. Jessie graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a B.A. in fashion design.
Prior to joining Due West, she worked at Lane Crawford as a personal stylist where she had gained valuable experience in personalized customer service. She also worked as a freelance translator, conducted interviews with designers and translated English written/audio content into Chinese. Her contributions can be found in magazines like VISION and GQ.
Jessie is passionate about interpretation and translation, she speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English fluently. She is dedicated to providing the greatest support to families, and communicating their needs with the team to build and sustain partnership and trust.
Jessie serves as a Parent Coordinator on the Due West Secondary Counseling Team and is based in Beijing.
Course Consultant Team
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and International Trade from Dalian University of Foreign Languages.
Prior joining to Due West, she worked at the Kerry Centre Hotel Beijing, Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, and Raffles Hainan as sales manager. In those roles, she built and developed relationships with international companies and government agencies. She was also responsible for business development and event organization. All these experiences contributed to developing her strong background in the service industry.
Patricia serves as a Course Consultant on the Due West Course Consultant Team and is based in Beijing.
Jean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from School of Foreign Languages of Anhui University of Technology. Her second language is Japanese.
Prior joining to Due West, she has been experienced in overseas study service industry for many years. She worked in China Office of Bangor University, UK as Program Coordinator for many years, where she built and developed relationships with several “211” and “985” universities and higher education institutions such as Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), Communication University of China (CUC), Tianjin Normal University (TNU), Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) and Southwest University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) and top China overseas study agencies. She knows well for UK university application process and has sent a large quantity of students to UK for overseas study. Before that, she worked in one immigration company in Beijing and one sino-japan joint venture company separately for investment immigration services and international business.
Jean serves as a Course Consultant on the Due West Course Consultant Team and is based in Beijing.
Iris graduated cum laude from Bohai University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business English. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Surrey. She worked for CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association) office for 3 years while in UK in order to help Chinese students deal with various obstacles. In this role she helped students delegate with the administration and also assisted with the communication between her Association and the University. She also was involved in two volunteer outreach programs; one which supports the western area of Chinese education and another with helped to foster the educational development of Nepalese children. She is passionate in working with students and prides herself in being able to help them solve their problems.
Prior to joining Due West, Iris worked at an international business commercial company as an export manager, in charge with exporting business.
Iris serves as a Course Consultant on the Due West Course Consultant Team and is based in Beijing.
Zoe graduated from Beijing Foreign Language Studies University where she obtained a major in English Undergraduate Course.
Prior to joining Due West, she worked at an Israeli electronics company, where she worked as a logistic coordinator for sales and marketing department of North of China area.
Zoe serves as a Coordinator on the Due West Course Consultant Team and is based in Beijing.
Business Development Team
Wenjing holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Sichuan Normal University. She also holds two Master of Education degrees: one in Applied Linguistics from Sichuan University and another in Higher Education from Harvard University.
Prior to joining Due West, Wenjing held teaching and administrative positions at Chinese and American universities, including Sichuan University, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Boston University.
Wenjing serves as a Business Development Manager on the Due West Business Development Team and is based in Beijing.
Carrie graduated with distinction from Beijing International Studies University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel Management. She worked at China World Hotel after graduation. She received an MBA degree from University of Colorado at Boulder in the US.
She joined DISH Network, the second largest satellite company in the US, as an International Programming Operations Coordinator. She assisted General Manager to create, implement and track marketing and operational strategies. She gained abundant understanding about how a US company was run and developed a deeper understanding about the cultural difference between the US and China.
Carrie assumed various management roles at several well-known media companies in China. Prior to joining Due West, she was a Deputy General Manager of a US-based media company in Beijing. She was in charge of marketing, PR, business development, government relations and management training programs etc. Chinese Executive Media Management Program, a program that she led has received recognition from industry leaders and ignited her passion for education. She is determined to dedicate herself to helping Chinese students achieve their educational aspirations and empowering them to be the next generation of globally-minded scholars and leaders.
Carrie serves as a Marketing Director on the Due West Marketing Team and is based in Beijing.
Chloe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communication from Beijing Technology and Business University.
While still at university, she gained an internship opportunity as a graphic designer at True Run Media. Many of her outstanding design works were published on The Beijinger and Beijingkids. After graduation, Chloe worked at a high-end US-based PR firm under the IPG group where she was in charge of event planning and execution. Then Chloe joined an online digital company where she was responsible for the new media operations.
Prior to joining Due West, Chloe worked as a Project Manager at a French design company.
Chloe serves as a Marketing Assistant on the Due West Marketing Team and is based in Beijing.
Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language from Hefei University of Technology. She also holds a Master degree in Human Resources Management & European Labor Law from University of Toulouse .
Prior to joining Due West, Elisa worked at a leading Seattle-based Public Relation company for 5 years, managing a full spectrum of human resources programs, services and functions.
Elisa serves as Human Resources & Administration Director on the Due West Operation Team and is based in Beijing.
Jessica graduated from Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology where she obtained a major in English.
Prior to joining Due West, Jessica worked in Bangkok as Chinese Teacher Director and an educational company as Recruiting Specialist.
Jessica serves as Executive Assistant to the CEO on the Due West Operation team and is based in Beijing.
Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies with a focus on conservation and development from Carleton College. While in college, Charlotte volunteered as an environmental education teacher at a local elementary school and tutored middle school Spanish-speaking students in English. She has also taught English to preschool through 6th grade students at a rural school in northeastern Thailand. She is passionate about international relations and development and exploring cross-cultural experiences.
Prior to joining Due West, Charlotte worked at boutique market research and public relations agencies in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Charlotte serves as a Human Resources Manager on the Due West Operations Team and is based in Beijing.
Snow holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Capital Normal University.
Prior to joining Due West, Snow worked at Singapore’s temasek holdings Beijing office as a chief representative assistant for, also worked as a translator for the U.S. aid hands foundation and an English teacher at Muxiyuan middle school.
Snow serves as an Administration Manager on the Due West Operations Team and is based in Beijing.
Angel graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University where she obtained a major in Business English.
Prior to joining Due West, she worked at an English training company as a teaching assistant to foreign language teachers and at a state-owned enterprises as an administrative assistant and a receptionist.
Angel serves as an Administration Associate on the Due West Operations Team and is based in Beijing.
Melatti graduated from Anhui Normal University where she obtained a major in Literature.
Prior to joining Due West, she worked at College of Continuing Studies as an assistant.
Melatti serves as a Receptionist on the Due West Operations Team and is based in Beijing.
Anne graduated from Beijing International Studies University where she obtained a major in English.
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