I am excited to be a principal at the excellent Hübschmann Zhan School! We are a small International Baccalaureate World School in Shenyang, China that serves expatriate and local students.
I am also currently a Ph.D. 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 the political and social role of English 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, and faculty, as well as academics and political leaders.
I received a BA in Classics from Brigham Young University, where I also minored in History. The Classics consist of the literature, language, and history of Ancient Greece and Rome, and has always been a passion of mine. 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.