As Center Director, Nino has direct responsibility for all aspects of the Center’s operation. She works closely with the team at Kings Concordia College and other stakeholders to ensure the quality and integrity of the services provided, and to facilitate the best possible experience for Kings’ students.
“My personal journey in the field of international education started when I was sixteen years old. I spent one year studying at an American high school and lived with a host family as an exchange student from the Republic of Georgia. I experienced first-hand what it was like to learn the English language in an academic setting and navigate the American society and culture. The care and support I received from people around me was truly monumental, and I am thrilled to be in the position to pay it forward to the many international students I get to work with.
After earning my BA degree in journalism and spending a few years working in the NGO sector in Georgia, I was once again presented with a unique opportunity to pursue graduate level studies in the U.S. I obtained my MA degree in Diplomacy and International Relations, and later my PhD in International Education Leadership, Management, and Policy, both from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
Prior to joining Kings, I taught English language courses to students from around the world at Seton Hall University. I also managed academic programs at Education First and an IELTS testing center at ELS Language Centers.
At Kings, I draw upon my experiences and passion for language learning and cultural exchange to ensure optimum educational outcomes for our students.”
As Senior Progression Advisor, Chris works with Pathways students who have transitioned to Concordia College, assisting with their progression to their dream school and program. Chris helps students unlock all aspects of the college transfer application process, including finding the perfect college fit, understanding all admissions requirements, and coaching them through the process of writing the perfect transfer essay.
"I had a unique undergraduate experience. I began studying at a private music conservatory in the Boston area as a freshman. After deciding that this program wasn’t for me, I changed my plans, changed my major and ultimately transferred schools three times, first to a community college near my family’s home, and then to a small state college. I finally found my “fit” at my fourth institution, Stony Brook University, where I earned a BA in English Literature and Criticism. After earning my MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry, I served as an Assistant Professor of Humanities at an arts-focused university in the Boston area, then as an instructor at a community college in New York City. I also taught English language courses to students from around the world during this time, which allowed me to pursue my interest in global education and cultural exchange.
It is incredibly rewarding to see the look on students’ faces when they receive acceptance letters to universities they have been dreaming about! I am very happy to be able to share my passions for higher education with students acclimating to life at a U.S. university."
As Academic Affairs Manager at Kings New York, (Concordia), Margaret ensures students and teachers have what they need to succeed. This begins with understanding long term goals to meeting daily objectives. Margaret oversees student placement, testing, evaluation, and classroom management. Margaret carefully follows student progress, while supporting and encouraging each student to work to his or her potential.
Margaret is from Connecticut and began travelling the world after pursuing an undergraduate degree in English and Education. She became part of the International School system, teaching in Geneva and Rome. Margaret earned her MA in School Administration and Leadership in 2011.
"When I moved to Rome, Italy, I realized that merely knowing a handful of expressions wasn't enough. I wanted to communicate with the Italian people. So I began studying Italian, eventually becoming fluent, and the experience has enriched my life immensely. Through language, expressions, ideas and intellect are revealed. You can meet a non-English speaker and say to yourself, 'This person doesn't know English, I'm moving on,' or you can say to yourself, 'She doesn't know English, but I bet she has an interesting story.' Kings Pathways gives international students the opportunity to go out in the world and tell their stories. I am thrilled to be a part of it."
Jodi works on the student services team as Campus Support Coordinator, providing our students with an array of culturally enriching activities to maximize their experience at Kings New York. She plays an active role in student life both on and off campus, providing students with guidance and support.