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Emily Pierre

Center Director

Emily 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.

"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."

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Shannon Wolff

Assistant Director of Student Affairs

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."

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Faith Thompson

Residence Manager

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!"

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Karen Lewis

Academic Affairs Manager

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.”

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Brianna Torpey

Progression Manager

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."

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Daniel King

Progression Advisor/ Instructor

"I'm an instructor and a Progression Advisor at Kings Boston. I have the best of both worlds in that I work with students both inside and outside the classroom!

As an instructor I work with students to improve their English skills and achieve their various goals. As a Progression Advisor, I work with transfer students and help to guide them through all the aspects of the complicated American university system.

I've been with Kings Boston for three years now. Before joining this incredible team, I was teaching in Spain. The best thing about my job is helping students. Watching students achieve and surpass their goals is an experience like no other.

Having lived in and around Boston for most of my life, I am always inspired by the rich history and kind people here. The easy access to all kinds of international food is a plus, too!"

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Alexandra Maiorino

Progression Advisor

Alexandra is a Progression Advisor for the Kings Pathways program in Boston. She guides students through the process of transferring to a US college or university. This includes helping students to select schools, write application essays, organize application materials, and keep track of important deadlines. She also provides students with personalized support as they transition into academic life at Pine Manor College.

"I studied both English Education and Theater Education in Boston, and received my Master of Arts in Teaching. Working as a teacher at Kings Boston gave me the opportunity to apply my education obsession to the world of ESOL. This experience led me to explore international education (both literally and figuratively) by teaching at a university in Korea, working with students and teachers in Nicaragua, and finally returning to Kings Boston to join the Pathways team. Traveling and living abroad has given me a sense of the challenges and triumphs of adjusting to a new and unfamiliar culture. I am extremely pleased to be back in my home city and to have the opportunity to support international students on their own educational adventures.

In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, playing games, and cooking enormous portions of vegetarian food for my friends and family. I'm also planning on enjoying the full spectrum of New England weather, now that I'm back."

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Tici Coleman

Full Time Teacher

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!"