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Curriculum Advisory Board Members

The main vision of Shang Learning is not solely on admissions, but on education. We provide scholars with the necessary knowledge, skills, behaviors and mindsets to not only learn from, but also contribute to the institution, the community, and global society in large.

We believe that most students coming from China out of the traditional education system are ill-prepared to maximize their educational opportunities. From this evolved our Certificate Program. Modeled on the boarding school model of interaction, participation and engagement in the learning process, our program will introduce students to Harkness Style learning and provide students with key skills to better navigate their entry to top schools in the US and elsewhere.

The Certificate Program has received overwhelmingly positive reception from top education institutions in the US, and we have established a team of esteemed experts to be our Curriculum Advisory Board members in order to guide us in a continuous effort to perfect the programme.

Current Board Members include:

  • Anne Behnke

    St. Mark’s School
    Director of Admissions

    Ms. Behnke was appointed as the Director of Admission at St. Mark’s in 2004 after spending 13 years as dean of admission at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, California. She began her career in 1981 as an admission intern at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama; served as college counselor and taught psychology at a boarding school for girls in Grand Coteau, Louisiana; and spent seven years in college admissions.

  • Steve Bristol

    The Hun School of Princeton
    Director of Admissions
    and Financial Aid

    Mr. Bristol came to The Hun School as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid in 2010 after several years as a consultant working with independent schools. Having started out as an English teacher, Dorm Head and Soccer and Lacrosse Coach, Mr. Bristol went on to become a Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, a Director of Athletics, and an Assistant to the Heads of School for External Affairs. A product of the Independent school world, Mr. Bristol attended Westminster School in Simsbury, CT, and received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • JP Burlington

    Trinity Pawling School
    Director of Admissions

    JP Burlington is a 1995 graduate of Trinity-Pawling, and returned back to his alma mater in 2015 after an eleven year hiatus. JP did spend two years at T-P from 2002-2004 working in the admission office, as well as coaching soccer, squash and golf.

    During his four years at T-P as a student, JP immersed himself in all aspects of campus life: he was a three sport varsity athlete; he sang as a Trinitone; and served as a sacristan, dorm proctor, and Head Prefect during his senior year. As a freshman, he started giving campus tours for the admission office, an activity that literally set the course of his life. He continued to work in admissions when he was a student at Wheaton College (MA) and never stopped.

  • Peter Curran

    Blair Academy
    Assistant Head of School

    Peter Curran, Blair’s assistant head of school for enrollment and communications, joined the faculty in 2011 following four years as dean of students at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs.

    Earlier in his career, Peter taught and coached at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, and Seven Mile School in Arizona. In the mid-2000s, he served as dean of students at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS). Peter is co-founder of The Dean’s Roundtable, a nonprofit that promotes best practices among independent school deans of students and assistant heads, and a trustee at North Country School in Lake Placid, New York.

  • Kila McCann

    Fountain Valley School
    Director of Admissions
    and Financial Aid

    Working with great families from the United States and around the globe to realize the possibility of attending a great boarding school has long been a passion for Kila. For eight years, Kila was director of boarding and international students and head of house at Darlington School in Rome, Ga. Prior to her employment at Darlington School, Kila worked at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada as a recruitment/enrollment officer and at Fulford Academy in Brockville, Ontario, Canada as a placement officer and student counselor.

  • Aimee Gruber

    SSAT/TEMA
    Senior Director of Outreach
    and Business Development

    Aimee’s decades-long commitment to the private school admission and enrollment industry givers her a first-hand understanding of the challenges and opportunities.

    Aimee worked in admission at The White Mountain School, Tilton School, and the Webb School of Knoxville. She served on the board of the Independent Educational Consultants Association foundation and is a recipient of the Western Boarding Schools Association’s Hilton Award for the outstanding contributions to the association.

  • Nini Suet

    Shang Learning
    Founder & CEO

    In 2013, Nini started Shang Learning, a premier learning center that provides private families in China industry intelligence, comprehensive assessment, individualized curriculum, and independent advisory throughout the child’s development.

    Nini currently serves as a Board Member for her high school alma mater Tabor Academy. She is the former Chair of Alumni Students Committee for Princeton University overseeing alumni interviews in northern China. She also sits on the Executive Board for JUMP! Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise specializing in experiential education. In 2018, Nini is invited to become an official mentor for Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University. Nini is a certified professional member of the Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA). She’s been interviewed by various domestic and international media including CNN, GQ, The Economist, New York Times, CCTV, BTV, Studying Abroad, etc.

  • Hamilton Gregg

    Shang Learning
    Partner, IECA Board Member
    Senior Admission Consultant

    Hamilton is an expert who has 30 years of experience in university application and boarding school application. Since 1986, Hamilton has worked in a variety of schools in varying capacities.

    Hamilton is a long-standing member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC). Hamilton is a member of The Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). and an official Member of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA). This year, Hamilton became an associate member of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).

  • Lloyd Paradiso

    Shang Learning
    Partner, Founder of IECA
    Senior Admission Consultant

    Lloyd Paradiso who is the Admissions Authority has been doing this work for over forty years. In presenting students of varying talents and academic strengths to a variety of institutions, he acquired valuable insight into what really counts in the decision-making process and ultimately, a student‘s success.

    Mr. Paradiso holds membership in the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Pennsylvania Association (PACAC), the Southern Association (SACAC) and the International Association (International ACAC). A founder, past president, Committee Chair and Board member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), he holds the designation of Certified Educational Planner (CEP).

  • Ta-Wei Wang

    Shang Learning
    Director of Education
    Partner

    Ta-Wei’s educational career began in 2005 as an English teacher for Chung Dahm Learning, South Korea’s largest premier English institute that focuses on the development of critical thinking skills. Within a year, he was given the opportunity to develop curriculum for their reading and writing program used by over 40,000 CDL students across the peninsula.

    Ta-Wei started at Shang Learning as the Director of Studies, responsible for curriculum training and operations. As the success of Shang Learning grew, his role expanded into the Director of Education, responsible for ensuring our young scholars receive the best education and resources as possible in an increasingly competitive and globalized world.

  • Randy Richardson

    Shang Learning
    Director of R&D Solutions

    From Newark, New Jersey, Randy graduated in 2010 from Princeton University, where he majored in East Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese language and history. Ever since volunteering as a camp counselor all throughout high school, Randy has been passionate about creating fun, dynamic learning environments where students don’t just learn new things but also learn how to express their individuality and problem solve on their own.

  • Max Zhang

    Shang Learning
    Center Manager of Shanghai

    Max Zhang graduated from Carleton College, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in International Relations. Prior to entering Carleton, Max was the first mainland Chinese graduate of the Hill School in Pottstown, PA. Before Joining Shang learning Shanghai, Max was the assistant director of teaching and faculty in Shanghai New Oriental School. He was also the director of Shanghai New Oriental’s U.S. Middle and High School Learning Center, where he started the company’s practice in preparing students for U.S. secondary schools.

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