Educational Consultants

Quinn Massengill

​B.A. in English and Studio Art, Davidson College

Quinn has a dual degree in English and Studio Art from Davidson College. Following graduation from Davidson, he spent the summer work in the Admission Office there, interacting with prospective students and informing them about the college application review process.  At Thinktown, Quinn is passionate about helping students craft their stories and guiding them to navigate the college application process smoothly. Driven by a deep passion for the literary and visual arts, he also aims to help students appreciate culture and art through literature courses.

​Drayona Denson

​B.A. in Africana Studies, Pomona College

Dray graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies with a concentration in literature. Previously, Dray worked at the Pomona College Writing Center. She helped students budget their time for written assignments and projects, choose study techniques that work best for their learning styles, and prioritize deadlines as well as their wellness and rest. She’s excited to continue as students' collaborator, and as an excited member of their support team through the college admissions process at Thinktown.

Luke Potter

M.S. in Language and Literacy, Harvard University

Luke graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a master's degree in Language and Literacy. He received his bachelor’s from Duke University with a major in Political Science. He has had experiences working in both education and the government, including tutoring and interning at the White House under President Obama. Luke believes that higher education can change the destiny and tap the best potential of each student.

 

Summer Ye

M.A. in Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania

Summer has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She aims to build dynamic communities of learning and promote higher-order thinking that encourages deep and creative approaches to learning. Summer has experience in curriculum design, cross-cultural communication and educational psychology. She believes that students’ educational experiences should be not only accumulative but also transformative. With such belief, Summer strives to motivate and inspire more students to achieve their educational and personal success.

Olivia Maddox

​B.A. in History and Chinese, Hamilton College

Olivia graduated from Hamilton College with a major in history and a minor in Chinese. She has studied in Hong Kong, London, Beijing, and upstate New York. While in Beijing, Olivia conducted independent research on China’s education system and strengthened her Chinese language fluency. Her interest in education also inspired her to teach in the Summer English Immersion Program at the University of Macau, where she helped incoming first-year students improve their English language skills and pass the conditional admission examination. At Thinktown, she is dedicated to helping students bridge cultural gaps and truly benefit from an international education.

Kunqi Zhao

​M.S. in Commerce, University of Virginia

Kunqi received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Mathematics, and her Master's degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. Combining a solid mathematic background with versatile communication strategies, she is good at anticipating client needs and going above and beyond for students. Kunqi has interviewed admission officers from top summer programs to better help Thinktown students prepare for academic challenges. She aims to understand the passion and talent for each student and help them shine as individuals through personalized educational consulting.

Erin Hunt

M.S. in Professional Writing, New York University

Erin graduated from New York University with a Master of Science in Professional Writing after earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. Erin has worked for a Chicago-based EdTech startup, The Graide Network, where she partnered with over 50 veteran teachers and 1,600 students at schools across the U.S. After working as an Editing Specialist since July 2019, Erin is excited to begin a new chapter as an Educational Consultant, helping students achieve their academic and professional goals.

Jack Dwyer

​B.A. in World Politics, Hamilton College

Jack graduated from Hamilton College with a bachelor's degree in World Politics and a specialization in International Development. Jack has experience in the film and television industry, where he evaluated creative material such as screenplays, television pilots, novels, and stageplays, worked with writers and producers on narrative development for original material, and workshopped projects of his own. Jack is passionate about each step in the storytelling process and loves collaborating with writers to help them develop their voice. He views it as a special privilege to help young writers craft stories that vividly and entertainingly express their unique view of the world.

​Emma Belanger

B.A. in Chinese and Russian Studies, Hamilton College

Emma graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College in 2020, where she majored in Chinese and Russian Studies and spent a year abroad in Yaroslavl, Russia, and Beijing, China. At Hamilton, Emma also worked as a Chinese tutor, Russian TA, resident advisor, study abroad assistant, and a public speaking tutor. She has taught English at refugee and community centers in both Philadelphia and Utica, New York. Emma believes strongly in the value of cross-cultural communication and is passionate about helping students improve their ability to communicate with others.

Huayu Wang

B.A. in Political Science & Economics, Brown University

Having lived in China, India, and the US, Huayu is constantly exposed to different perspectives. To help underprivileged students combat educational barriers, she volunteered at William D'Abate Elementary School in Providence and assisted in the teaching of math and English. She has a variety of experiences in the academic world. As a Research Fellow with a professor in Brown's Department of Political Science, Huayu redesigned courses on environmental political theory and optimized course syllabi for online teaching. She also worked as an Academic Coach for high school and college students who struggled with international politics courses. 

Luqi Chen

M.S. in Social Sciences, Columbia University

With a Master's degree in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Fudan University, Luqi has a strong passion for education as well as knowledge and work experiences related to business management. She hopes to better serve students and also help with the business development of Thinktown through the combination of education and business. By advising and tutoring students on business-related subjects and competitions, Luqi helps them explore their interests in the business world in high school.

Yiting Li

M.A. in Humanities, University of Chicago

Yiting graduated from the University of Chicago’s Master’s Program in the Humanities, majoring in art history, French, and Spanish. For her undergraduate, she studied English literature at Tsinghua University. With her cross-disciplinary background, she previously worked in art management jobs at Deloitte, CCTV, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Smart Museum. As a firm believer in the power of humanities in bettering the society, she wants to help students learn more about art history and achieve their dreams.

Julian Cao

M.A. in Art History, Northwestern University

Julian graduated from Northwestern University, majoring in journalism and art history. He got his art history master's degree from University of Chicago. His working experiences in Qatar, Tokyo and Seattle made him a global citizen who's passionate about both current affairs and academic pursuits. Julian is passionate about storytelling and hopes to help young minds shape their voices and ideas, in a more efficient and persuasive manner. At Thinktown, he leverages his knowledge in art and English to advise and tutor IB students, and those interested in scholastic competitions.

 

Vino Wu

M.A. in International Relations & Economics, Johns Hopkins University

Vino graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), majoring in international relations and economics. She has previously worked as a curriculum designer at the Whittle School, a global leader in K12 education. Her passion and experience in K12 education and her own global upbringing made her well-positioned to guide students through the pursuit of international education. At Thinktown, Vino works as a subject advisor, conducting research for economics-related educational products and tutoring students interested in economic competitions.

Cory Liang

M.A. in Humanities, University of Chicago 

Cory graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree of Master of Arts in the Humanities, where she studied creative nonfiction writing. She also received her BA degree from Smith College, double-majoring in English Literature and Government. As a first-generation college student, Cory is passionate about expanding educational opportunities for underserved communities and helping students develop the mindset and skills to realize their full potential. At Thinktown, she hopes to share her love for personal narratives and uses her knowledge and experience of writing to support more aspiring young writers.

Lisa Qiu

M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication, Northwestern University

Zhongyi earned her bachelor's degree in Finance from the College of William and Mary and received her master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. During the programs, she focused on the branding strategy sequence which prepared her with a solid understanding in a wide scope of marketing concepts, and acquired proficiency in market research and data analytics to support data-driven strategies. She developed strong critical thinking skills and a business mindset through plenty of collaborative projects as well as previous experience working in e-Commerce marketing and customer engagement.

​Xinyi Hu

MFA in Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania

Xinyi is a young Chinese female artist, who is currently living and working in Philadelphia. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in 2017, and her MFA in Fine Arts from University of Pennsylvania in 2020. While pursuing her master’s degree in Fine Art, she gained two-year teaching experiences in a Teaching Assistant position for multiple art classes, such as Figure Drawing, Photography and Printmaking classes. That was the time she discovered her enthusiasm for teaching. And now she aims to to combine her range of teaching experience with her advanced knowledge in art, to contribute to Thinktown, helping young teenagers build up their unique creativities.

Yuchen Zhang

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Yuchen earned a bachelor's from the University of Virginia with double majors in math and mechanical engineering, and a master's from Johns Hopkins University studying mechanical engineering. He aims to use his familiarity with STEM subjects to guide students to explore their interests in science and technology. As the math subject advisor at Thinktown New York, Yuchen helps prospective STEM students plan their personal educational routes. He prepares students for American STEM competitions, activities, and provides advice on STEM major and college choices.

 

Sam Chen

B.A. in Social Studies, Wesleyan University

Sam graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Social Studies and minors in East Asian Studies and Data Analysis. He has taken on various leadership roles, including facilitating entrepreneurship events to Silicon Valley, coordinating institute-wide research projects, and leading the student investment club. Sam's research experiences has prepared him well for any obstacles students may face during business case studies, social science research, and data analytics. Sam is passionate about aviation, business, entrepreneurship, bridging the information gap, and the importance of liberal arts education and cross-cultural intersections and hopes to support students in finding their interests.

Songlin Li

M.S. in Operational Research, Columbia University

Songlin graduated from Columbia University with a Master's degree in Operations Research. He spent his undergraduate years at UCLA and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Statistics. He had various quantitative work experience at investment funds in the U.S. and China. Unlike a typical tech guy, Songlin has found his deep interest in the Education Industry as time goes by, and started to embrace his career as an educational consultant. Songlin enjoys building friendship with his students and advising them on applications to top U.S. universities, and he is certain that his passion and skills will guide him further into his adventure.