Teenage Schoolboy

About Me

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.

 

With students in Fuxin, China

 

Pyramids at Giza, Egypt

 

University of Pennsylvania Award of Excellence