Martina ensures that students who choose Kings Boston as their learning destination receive the best possible experience. She is responsible for operations at the school, collaboration with the college and expansion of the center and works closely with her talented team to ensure that students have an excellent academic and social experience while studying with Kings in Boston. "My experience in international education began when I first came to the US from my home country Germany in order to study at a US university. In addition to learning about cultural differences and improving my English language skills, I also studied a semester in Japan as part of my undergraduate degree. I believe that my first-hand experiences as an international student, along with graduate study in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, have truly given me an inside view on the challenges and rewards that Kings' students face when they join us for English language study and university preparation.
I am most excited to work side-by-side with my amazing team and to see our students progress from shy and timid individuals to confident learners who either take their experiences to their home countries or continue their learning journey at one of the many outstanding progression universities that Kings works with."
As Director of Academic Affairs, it's Emily's job to work with the Academic Affairs Managers to make sure that ELP and UPP students are getting the best course possible to meet their goals.
"For the past 20 years, I have taught English and managed Academics at English language schools in Boston and I love it as much now as I did when I started; English is a fascinating language, and I love meeting people from all over the world. Recently, I started studying Japanese so I could put myself in the position of being a student, and I've learned so much! In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends, eat food from different countries, and enjoy getting out of the city and going to the mountains or to the beach."
Shannon oversees the student affairs team to ensure that students have a fulfilling and unique experience at Kings Boston, making the most of their time on campus and in the city while also complying with visa and attendance regulations. Shannon also works to promote continued growth and stakeholder satisfaction through local enrollment management, marketing efforts, and agent visits, and strives to strengthen relationships on the Pine Manor College campus and in the Boston community.
"I studied Psychology in my native Texas, and received a Master's in Anthropology in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and have enjoyed working with international students and agencies in the cultural exchange industry for 5 years now. I have traveled extensively for work and play, and have a passion for learning and exploring new places, languages, and cultures, and I could not think of a more perfect role than servicing students studying English and experiencing US life here at Kings Boston.
In my free time I love reading, hiking, baking cheesecakes, happy hours and live music. As a huge sports fan, I most enjoy relaxing at a Boston Red Sox baseball game."
Michele organizes housing arrangements for both homestay and residence hall students. She matches host families with homestay students and ensures that students are happy with their housing on campus or in homestays. Michele helps students who want to move into new housing situations and ensures that that all students are picked up from the airport and safely arrive in their housing on or off campus.
"I’m excited to help students have the best possible experience at Kings and in Boston. Having lived in a homestay in France, I understand what it’s like to live in a new family situation abroad.
Previous to taking the position as Housing Manager, I taught at Kings for about a year and a half. I have always enjoyed having friends and getting to know people from other cultures. With a background in teaching and corporate experience, my current position is the perfect blend of those elements. I am happy to work with the international community and be part of such a knowledgeable and supportive team.
For fun I love trying foods from around the world, traveling, being outdoors, painting, and reading."
Faith manages the residence hall on campus as well as the team of residence assistants at Kings Boston. Her job is to ensure that all resident students feel welcome and at home during their stay at Kings. The residence team handles all new student arrivals and departures and works together to help new students adjust to a new city and school. Faith and her team are also involved in on and off campus activities, helping to develop a warm and friendly community environment. She and her team live on campus which allows for them to be in constant contact with students and enables the staff to develop close bonds and friendships with the resident community.
"I have always been fascinated with travel and culture. Working at Kings allows me to meet these wonderful students from all over the world, while also allowing me to live in my home city of Boston. It is a fantastic mix. I really enjoy helping students feel at home while they are studying here at Kings Boston. My team and I work hard to be a positive influence on all of our students. In addition, the entire staff here in Boston is so amazing to work with. I feel very lucky to be a part of this team.
In my free time I like to go on long walks with my dog. I play piano and guitar and also enjoy writing. I work out at the gym here on campus, which is so convenient! I hope to travel more in the future and possibly visit some of the countries that our students are from. I love learning about their home countries. It is also so exciting to watch as their English improves and they are able to share more of who they are as their stay progresses. While I work hard to make our students feel at home, they in turn enrich my experience so much!"
Hayley works on the student services team as an International Student Advisor, providing guidance and support for students during their time at Kings Boston. She creates a diverse and exciting activities program and advises on visa processing and regulations. Her goal is to make sure every student has an enriching experience, filled with long-lasting memories and an appreciation for different cultures.
Karen’s role at Kings includes making sure that students are placed into the correct level, and are progressing with their studies. In addition, she is responsible for choosing vibrant, qualified instructors for the program.
“I started teaching ESL in 2001, and have since transitioned into administration. I’ve had amazing experiences watching both students and colleagues bond and learn in this field. One of the things I love about my job is the feeling of family between students and staff. We’re very lucky to be able to work and study in such a friendly atmosphere. I share a love of languages and cultures with our students and have studied Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
Outside of work, I spend my free time with family and friends. I love going to the beach, swimming, drawing, kayaking, and reading.”
Brianna is the Progression Manager for the Kings Pathways program at the Boston site. She advises students on the transfer process to their desired school in the US. She makes sure students understand admissions requirements, and the ins and outs of the college application. Brianna also works closely with Pine Manor College to ensure that the students’ transition from Kings to PMC is smooth and they have a positive and successful experience in their first college environment in the United States.
"It is a privilege to help the students at Kings achieve acceptance into their dream school. I first discovered my passion for global education through my own study abroad experience. I studied at a University in Galway, Ireland. After graduating I worked as an English language teacher in Southern Thailand. Studying and working abroad has enriched my life in many ways. I also have experience as an academic advisor for non-traditional undergraduate students. I am excited to combine these worlds and to work with international students. I want to ensure that they have their own positive cultural learning experiences pursuing an American education.
Outside of work, I enjoy wandering around Harvard Square and running along the Charles River. I also like cooking (and eating) Thai food, as well as going to see live music."
Brian leads the academic team for the EAP programs preparing students to enter colleges and universities. His duties include ensuring that students gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in college, and promoting the professional growth of excellent educators.
"As a former expatriate, I understand the challenges that our students face both with acquiring a new language, and coming to grips with living in a new country and culture. I see one of my key roles as removing roadblocks to their success by providing them the best educational experiences possible.
I am passionate about games for learning, and showcased some of my development projects at the 2014 Festival of Indie Games. I believe that games and playful learning spaces allow us to organically explore the boundaries of new skills and fields of knowledge, and lead to better learning results. Therefore, I enjoy developing and experimenting with games in the classroom and sharing my experiences with like-minded educators."
Lane is a Progression Advisor for the Kings Pathways program in Boston. She advises students about the transfer process to a US college or university, helps with the application process and ensures that students understand all of the requirements when transferring to a new school. She also works to help students with the transition process and makes sure that students at Pine Manor College have a positive experience!
"I am thrilled to work with such a diverse set of students! I have worked as a teacher in Guangzhou and Shanghai in China, Seoul in South Korea, as well as the Czech Republic. I have seen and done some amazing things during my time abroad, and I hope our students have great experiences as well. My time abroad helped me realize some of the challenges people face when moving to a new country. It also helped me understand how exciting living in a different country can be! Being back in my home country is great and working with international students enriches my life. I am delighted to help students make their goal of studying abroad come true.
In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, going to Chinatown for dumplings and hot pot, trying new and interesting international cuisine, and working as a volunteer ESL teacher in the international community in Boston."
Tici’s role at Kings involves teaching morning classes and subbing when needed, helping design and implement systems for collection, storage, and availability of teaching and academic administrative documents, and assisting with other academic administrative functions. She is also the point person for new teachers to provide support for resources, curriculum and technology, and is responsible for proctoring level and exit tests on a weekly basis.
“I have been teaching ESL for 13 years. I'm originally from Brazil, and like my students, I had to study hard to become fluent in English. I love being around so many different cultures on a daily basis. I believe we not only learn from each other's experiences, but also make friends for life. I love the family atmosphere we have at Kings and I know our students do as well!
In my free time I enjoy traveling, yoga, the beach and new restaurants. My family is very important to me, so I try to go back home and visit as often as I can!"