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."
"I started working as an English as a Foreign Language teacher in Brazil in 2001. Two years later I also became the Coordinator of the EFL program until I made my move to the United States in 2007.
What I love most about my job is the relationships that are created between teachers, colleagues, and students and the sense of family we all have about each other. It really is a great atmosphere to be a part of. It is amazing to watch students learn and grow in their language studies and see them achieve their goals and communicate in English.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends. I love music, singing, and dancing and hope to be able to learn how to play tennis in the near future."
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.
As the Student Experience Coordinator, Christiemol ensures that all resident students feel welcome and at home during their stay at Kings New York. She lives on campus in one of the student residences, which allows her to develop close bonds with the students. Christiemol handles all new student arrivals and departures, plans and leads on-campus activities, and accompanies students on many of the field trips.
"Lives of students can be really tedious and hectic, and especially international students have a lot more on their plates. I was once an international student myself and understand that there may be times when students need to get away from their day-to-day life or just simply need assistance with something. Here at Kings, it is a warm and welcoming ambiance for each and every student. Along with the wonderful team, I have the opportunity of coming up with new ideas to improve student lives and executing ways in which they can have the best experience living on campus, even if their stay on campus may be as short as a month.
In my free time, I love harmonizing to songs and reading articles online."