Our Counsellors

Our College Counselling team is uniquely experienced to help our students make informed choices about their courses and pathways that compliment their strengths and future goals. As an international school, we recognize the need to help our prospective graduates navigate the complexities of the university and college admissions’ processes and alternate post-secondary options worldwide.

Our team is continuing to keep up-to-date with trends, changing requirements, and strengthening connections in the post-secondary admissions’ world. Serving as resources to provide valuable insights and answer any questions that may arise, our College Counsellors are dedicated to help our students succeed in their journey to higher learning.

MEET OUR TEAM

Born and raised in Chicago, I received my undergraduate degree in Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University and later completed my graduate degree in School Counseling and Guidance from Lewis University. After graduating I moved to South Korea where I discovered my love of traveling and working with diverse students and cultures and am hoping to continue to do so for the length of my career!

I joined the SSIS team in 2017 as a College Counsellor and am beyond excited to work with the students and staff here! Before coming to SSIS I worked as a college counsellor in Jinan, China, an academic advisor for a university in Chicago, a preschool teacher in Chicago, and an English teacher in Incheon, Korea.

When I’m not at work you can find me watching the Chicago Cubs, running or biking, or stretched out in the grass somewhere reading a book (when it’s not raining!) I also love exploring Suzhou, China and neighboring countries as often as I can.

I joined SSIS in August 2014 as an IB MYP and DP Korean Language and Literature teacher, and have been working as a college counselor since 2019. I have an MA in Korean Literary Arts and Creative wiring, a BA in English Language and Literature with the Secondary school teaching certificate certified by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Before joining SSIS, I taught MYP and SY Korean Language and literature and worked as a personal project coordinator at Suzhou EtonHouse International school. Prior to my international teaching experience, I had taught in a number of schools and academic institutes in Seoul, Kyeong gi and Kyeongsang province for 10 years since the year 2000. I have a passion for education and drive to encourage students to be life-long and self-motivated learners. I have been living in Suzhou since 2007 and cherish the opportunity to teach students in an international school. I am accompanied by my husband and a daughter who attends SSIS.

I joined SSIS in 2019 as a college counsellor. For over twenty years I have worked in education in either a teaching or administrative capacity across secondary and higher education, as well as government. I have taught high school English, ESL and Literature in Australia, academic writing at Waseda University International, Japan and worked for several years as a course advisor at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. After a number of years working in education policy, I'm looking forward to being back in direct contact with students, parents and teachers, and working closely with them to help students achieve their higher education goals. My qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Monash University, Australia; a Bachelor of Teaching (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia; and a Master of Arts (Editing and Communication), also from the University of Melbourne. The IB philosophy resonates with me and I'm excited not only to be working in such an environment, but also for my young daughter to be starting in elementary school at SSIS. We are both similarly excited by the prospect of exploring China in the coming years.