About Us

The American International Institute was founded by a group of experienced international educators, whose common dream is to be a cultural bridge for international students studying and living in the United States. We know the needs of these students because we have had similar experiences.  We realize how difficult it is to adjust to life in a different country.

With the creation of our institution, we hope to ease this burden and prepare the students for getting into the university of their dreams as well as mentor them for the reality of living after they graduate.  Please consider joining us on this most important journey.

Management Team

Yi (William) Wei, President

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Dr. Wei is a fellow and senior scientist of Harvard University. He  was Executive Director of Harvard-MIT Data Center at Harvard University and Chief Technology Officer of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Dr. Wei has extensive background and experience over multidisciplinary areas. He has a B.S. degree in physics, a Ph.D. in Marine Studies, and was trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow. He later worked as a senior research analyst at School of Public Health in Boston University.  Dr. Wei then spent 15 years managing HMDC and IQSS services at Harvard University for faculty, students, and staff of social science departments and research centers, including most of the international and area study centers. He has developed strong interest and gained significant knowledge in social science, global cultures, and international affairs. He established and hosted the East Meets West Forum in Harvard Neighbor Program at Harvard University, and served as a board member for one of the largest weekend Chinese schools. He also helped establish and serves on the board of local Chinese American Association, and a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable global prosperity through innovation, education, and culture exchange. Dr. Wei has been invited to give speeches in Harvard University and Boston area cultural organizations, and published his articles in English and Chinese books and journals.

Evonne Liu, Vice President and Treasurer

EvonneMs Liu was the Interim Principal of Kwong Kow Chinese School prior to  joining American International Institute. She is an educational leader and administrator who excels at guiding students, inspiring teachers, and communicating with parents. Ms. Liu brings extensive experience in Chinese language school management, multidisciplinary backgrounds in engineering, biophysics, website and database development, and excellent communication skills. She is committed to creating student- centered and inquiry-driven learning environments using innovative content and projects.

Ms. Liu  holds two M.S. degrees from the South Normal University in China and the State University of New York at Buffalo. She previously served as the Dean of the Century Chinese Language School in Massachusetts where she designed the Chinese teaching curriculum and supervised all Chinese language programs.  Evonne guided the development of teaching plans and conducted research to provide teachers with a variety of exemplary non-traditional instructional resources. She managed the Chinese Faculty and designed and taught the professional development programs. As president of Sunshine Children’s Sciences and Arts Association she expanded Chinese culture programs with community courses in Chinese painting, Chinese Youth Chorus and Chinese dance. Evonne thrives on nurturing lifelong learning environments that inspire responsible, and creative leaders and learners.  She is a member of the New England Chinese Language Teachers Network and New England Chinese Information Networking Association among others. An experienced teacher of the Chinese language at different levels, she brings a combined expertise in administration, pedagogy, language acquisition, instruction, assessment, and teacher training.

Ryan Daniels, Secretary and Director of Teaching 

RyanRyan grew up in the town of Hingham on the south shore of Boston. He has  an avid interest in History and the study of languages, societies, and other countries. After receiving his BA with a major in History from Eastern Nazarene College, he travelled to the country of Romania to help with humanitarian relief work for six months. He then applied and was offered a teaching position in the Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, China.  While living in the famous city of Hangzhou, Ryan began to explore and experience the wondrous country of China.  Becoming familiar with the language and the people, Ryan stayed five and half years in Hangzhou. Upon returning to his native Boston, Ryan continued his studies at Eastern Nazarene College pursuing a Master’s degree in secondary Education.  While working during the day and studying at night Ryan and his wife found time to volunteer at many Chinese cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations. They also are co-founders of “NiHao Boston” magazine. Ryan received his MED degree in Education in 2010 with his thesis “Search for the Ideal System”, comparing educational systems and the culture that shapes them in the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America. He  currently works at Northeastern University where he teaches international students English and adaptation studies to help ease the students into the college life of the United States.

Shawn Mullet, Director of Program Development

 

Dr. Mullet has Shawn Mulleta Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard University. He also earned an MBA in Finance from D’amore-McKin School of Business, Northeastern University.

For more than a decade his focus and commitment has been on helping people overcome cultural challenges and effectively communicate. He worked as a lead teaching fellow at Harvard university introducing the physical sciences and mathematics to students of non-science majors. He also taught students at M.I.T., helping them to develop the written and oral communication skills. He was a full-time faculty at Northeastern University working almost exclusively with international students, preparing them for the cognitive, cultural, and communication challenges of pursuing advanced degrees in business or business-related fields.

He has a deep interest in the navigation of different cultures. Much of his PhD research examined the challenges of effective communication between scientists of different cultures. Through MBA training, his diverse background in both education and business enables him to give individuals from abroad including foreign students a better understanding of how to think about business across cultures and develop the best strategy for them to communicate effectively in English.

 

Advisory Board

Prof Raymond Liu
Associate Professor of Marketing, UMass Boston

Dr. Wendy Guan
Director of GIS Research Services, Harvard University

Dr. AnPing Shen
Assessment Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Education

Dr. Micah Altman
Director of Research; Head/Scientist, Program on Information Research — MIT Libraries

Dr. Daryl Luk
Director of Technology Development at Concentric, former president of New England Chinese Information and Networking Association (NECINA), Founder of the YES leadership and entrepreneurship program hosted at IBM Innovation Center

Mr. Joe Xiongwei Zhou
Managing director of EL Capital. MIT Sloan Business School Fellow in Innovation and Global Leadership.

Mr. Peter Zhu
Founder and Chairman, FocusKPI. CEO and Co-founder, BriLent Inc. Co-founder, DataReward.

Mr. Ferdi Alimadhi
Director of Engineering, MIT Office of Digital Learning.

Mr. Wenhua Zhang
Managing Partner, Azia Capital Partners LLC. Former Senior Vice President of Harvard Management Company

Teachers

Stephen Caesar

Stephen is an experienced teacher and tutor. He holds his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and his master’s degree from the Harvard Extension School. He is former adjunct professor of English literature at Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has tutored for various standardized tests, from grade school to graduate school. His areas of expertise include the MCAS, ISEE, HSEE, SSAT, SSAT II’s (various subjects), AP tests (various subjects), SAT, PSAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT.  His turoing subjests include Spanish, English, French, college-application writing, PSAT, SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, HSEE (High School Entrance Examination), GMAT, GRE, MCAT, and the following SAT II’s: Spanish, American History, World History, English Literature.

Ryan Daniels

Ryan has a BA in History and a MED.  in Education. He taught in the Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics  in China for more than 5 years. Ryan currently works at Northeastern University where he teaches international students English and adaptation studies to help ease the students into the college life of the United States.

Jason Mcsparren   

Jason is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Northeastern University. He is teaching  international undergraduate and graduate students in the subject areas of: reading, writing and speaking the English language, critical thinking skills, business ethics and principles of business management . He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of Rhode Island . In additions, he has won a Master of Science in Global Studies and International Affairs from Northeastern University  and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from Rhode Island College. Jason is an outstanding English teacher with near 10 years of teaching experiences in various institutes.                                                                                                   

Duer McLanahan

Duer is a competent, responsible, reliable, licensed English teacher with a B.S degree from Connecticut College. He has more than 13 years of extensive experience in teach reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension skills in English; as well as English Language Arts (ELA), English as a Second Language (ESL), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Reading, Writing, Math, History, Science, Social Studies, and other General Curriculum subjects, and test preparation in ISEE, SSAT, PSAT and SAT.  He is also a songwriter and a guitar player. He was recently appointed as Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Recommended List of Excellent English Teachers.

Ruqin Daisy Ma

Ruqin is a Master graduate from Boston College Lynch School of Education majored in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology. Coming from a background of psychology and education, She have granted the professional knowledge and skills to actively seek positive interaction with children so they can learn better. Ruqin is a creative Mandarin teacher with responsibility and patience. She is also working at Martin Luther King School in the Mandarin program.

Linda Chung

Linda has been teaching English for the past 6 years in China and another 2 years elsewhere. Currently, she is earning a Master degree in Education. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a dual major in Art History from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, as well as experience in various non-profit work, from arts and education to community development and humanitarian services. She has a wealth of experience working in the education realm as well as working with people from different nationalities and backgrounds. She excels in being able to relate cross-culturally and with various age groups. Her tutoring subjects include English , Chinese, Science , Biology, in addition to basic levels in other subjects and Test Prep.

Eric Newman

Eric is currently a research fellow at Harvard’s Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature after he graduated from MIT.  He has tutored for both the physics and math departments at MIT. He also has been a private tutor for the past several years, and his tutoring subjects include physics or math, test preps (ISEE/SSAT, PSAT and SAT prep).

 

Intern

Zeming Hu

Zeming has MS degree in finance form University of Texas at Dallas. He helps develop marketing and communication implementation about our programs and services.