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Teenage Schoolboy

About Me

I am excited to be the High School Principal at Beijing Tongzhou Shuren Private School! We are an international school in Beijing serving expatriate and local students.  

I am also currently a PhD candidate at University College London, where I study the experiences of Chinese students in the United States. I hold a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where I examined international education. To complete my master’s thesis, I analyzed English's political and social role as the language of instruction in provincial schools in the Philippines. Sponsored by the Linguistic Society of the Philippines, I conducted fieldwork throughout the Philippines, interviewing teachers, students, faculty, academics, and political leaders.


I received a BA in Classics from Brigham Young University and minored in History. The Classics consist of the literature, language, and history of Ancient Greece and Rome, which has always been my passion. At BYU, I was particularly interested in studying the reception of the philosophies of educators such as Socrates, Quintilian, and Petrarch in modern Western education.


Besides ancient history, I enjoy traveling, gastronomy (which is a smug way to say I love trying different types of food!), Bruce Springsteen, and reading. These days, I spend most of my time with my amazing wife and our challenging but adorable cats, Apricot and Plum.


With students in Fuxin, China


Pyramids at Giza, Egypt


University of Pennsylvania Award of Excellence

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