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Walter Brown

Walter Brown

Director, Critical Reading & SAT Foundations Teacher

Walter first took the SAT back in 1990, qualifying for the Center for Talented Youth through John Hopkins University. He took classes at Columbia University while in high school, and later matriculated at Dartmouth College.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Manhattanville College in New York, and has been working in test preparation since 2001. He first started teaching students for the SAT for the top rated test preparatory company in the US, The Princeton Review, in Westchester, New York, and in Greenwich and Fairfield, Connecticut. He has also tutored for the Learning Shop, a government contracted education company, which works with at risk, disabled and medically ill students.

Walter then came to China to study Chinese, and has taught English here since 2005. After spending three years working in education in China, he was surprised to discover a dearth of quality SAT preparatory courses in Chengdu, and began putting plans in place to start his own SAT preparatory courses, thus founding PrepforAmerica.

He scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT test in high school.

 

Kirsten Allen

Kirsten Allen

Manager, Writing Teacher

Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Communications from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. She came to China in 2003 as both an English Language, and Science teacher at Meishi International School. Since, she has tutored local and international students in English and Spanish.

She is also a published writer with work in the China Economic Review, FACE magazine, and the Belgian Chamber of Commerce magazine in Belgium.

 

Walisha Wang

Walisha Wang

Math Teacher

Walisha graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Sichuan University at the age of 20. She is an experienced interpreter and translator who has worked for the Sichuan government and many international companies. 

She is a published writer with IELTS Textbooks, which prepares students for the IELTS exams. 

Walisha taught English and Science at Meishi International from 2003-2004. She has been an English and Math teacher for New Oriental School since 2005, helping to prepare students for the IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and GRE examinations.

Sofia Song

Sofia Song

Teacher’s Assistant (TA)

Sofia holds a Bachelor of Science in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from Zhejiang Forestry University in Hangzhou, Zhejiang PRC. Sofia was recently accepted for the Master of Science program in GIS at the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. She will be gaining necessary teaching experience by acting as a classroom assistant.