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Evan Brown

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Evan studied English and Education at Stanford and Harvard Universities (BA 2006; MEd 2011). Evan’s passion for language and literature earned him admission to many top universities including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and UC Berkeley. He was awarded Stanford’s Intellectual Exploration Grant, which he used to conduct research abroad. During the interim between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Evan traveled and lived in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has taught high school English in the US and China. In the past few years, he has served as a college admissions coach. During his teaching and advising career, Evan has had the privilege of encountering many of today’s most exceptional and talented young minds, and he has helped them gain admission to their dream schools. He speaks fluent Chinese.

Peter Morelli

Born just outside of Vancouver in the small town of Mission, Dr. Morelli spent his childhood years running around in the forests of northern British Columbia before finding his way back to Vancouver via the Okanagan. He completed a Bachelor of Arts First Class Honors in English with a Major in Humanities at Simon Fraser University, then continued on to graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in the UK, where he completed an MPhil in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies and a PhD in English. Peter specializes in the literature and politics of the British Romantic period and in literary, critical and political theory and practice. Dr. Morelli has taught in the English departments of both Simon Fraser University and the University of Cambridge and helped research and develop course syllabi for the World Literature Program at Simon Fraser University. When he isn't reading, writing or teaching, he can usually be found playing football (soccer) or hiking through forests and up mountains.

Michele Venetz

Michele is a dedicated teacher and coach who has taught English, creative writing, and tennis for many years. Michele earned her degree in English and Education from Columbia University. Michele has taught secondary school in New York City, where she also coached tennis and basketball. She was involved in a literacy program in Harlem, where she discussed life and literature with children, and worked to instill in them a love of learning. Upon returning to BC, Michele has been actively teaching, writing, and coaching. She has taught creative writing classes, and has fully realized the therapeutic benefits one receives from the simple act of writing. She is currently guiding students along their own educational paths, helping with standardized test preparation, and improving reading and writing skills. Michele still seems to find magic in words, and continues to share this discovery with her students. Michele has rich experience in college planning and advising. She is good at discovering students' interests and potentials, and has been a caring guide on the journey of many students to successfully get into their dream schools in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Le Tran

Le grew up in Oakland, California, and attended college at Brown University in Rhode Island. Since graduation, he has worked in social justice and education. Le has also lived in Vietnam, Spain, France, and South Africa for work and research. As a social studies teacher, Le's mission is to build platforms for youth empowerment and meaningful learning experiences. With a love for travel and adventure, Le has been to over 50 countries--and counting! Currently, Le is a teacher and college advisor to high school and college students in the Bay Area.

Alberto Milian

Born in California, Alberto spent his years in graduate school in New York writing about the history of San Diego. Upon the completion of his doctoral dissertation in 2018, Alberto won Cornell University’s Messenger-Chalmers Prize for “Best Dissertation on Human Progress & the Evolution of Civilization.” Besides improving his research and writing skills, Alberto honed his teaching methodology as a teaching assistant and instructor at Cornell, where he taught for over five years. Alberto also mentored undergraduates campuswide. In Vancouver Alberto has worked with international students seeking entry into North American university, preparing them for the reading, writing, and speaking necessary for academic and career success. In his spare time Alberto watches FC Barcelona soccer matches and listens to Bruce Springsteen.

Allison Wattenbarger

Allison grew up in Philadelphia, where she stayed to attend the University of Pennsylvania for her B.A. She graduated magna cum laude from Penn with a major in English and a minor in Jewish Studies, and went on to receive her Master of Divinity, magna cum laude, from Duke University. Allison has lived and worked in Rome, Tunis, and Jerusalem as a programming coordinator and educator in the arts, refugee resettlement, religious life, adult education, and interfaith dialogue. Through her travels and degrees, she has studied French, German, Arabic, Latin, Biblical Hebrew, and Biblical Greek. Allison delights in teaching students of all ages to explore texts and to develop clear, thoughtful, and vibrant writing for academic, application, and professional settings.

Tom Douce

Born in Ohio, Tom split his childhood between Michigan and Ecuador. He attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a BS in Cell & Molecular Biology, with a minor in Philosophy, and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. He went on to work as a researcher in the biotech industry in Salt Lake City, and in a bioengineering lab at MIT. A reflective type, Tom still wanted to develop in how he interpreted the human story and what it means for how we live. To this end, he came to Vancouver for graduate studies in theology at Regent College, where he has led tutorials in the history of Christianity. He feels called to help people learn and thrive in wholesome and meaningful lives, and plans to pursue a PhD in Psychology. Tom speaks Spanish and reads Biblical Hebrew. He enjoys unusual discussions, strategy board games, and writing poetry.

Houman Mehrabian

Houman earned his master's degree in English literature from the University of Tehran in 2012. He started his PhD studies at the University of Waterloo in 2013, and studied the history and theory of rhetoric. In 2017, he was honoured to receive the University of Waterloo’s award for exceptional teaching by a graduate student. Upon completing his doctoral dissertation, Houman moved to Vancouver to put his education and teaching experience to use in the beautiful British Columbia. Houman specializes in quickly assessing students' strengths and providing specific guidance to them through the university planning and advising programs at Five Summers. Under his caring and detailed guidance, students have achieved excellence in their academics and been better prepared for university.

Alice Guo

Alice Guo graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from UBC Sauder School of. She has built more than 7 years of working experience in real estate finance, venture capital, and corporate innovation in the US, Canada and China. She currently works as the Technology Strategy & Planning manager at one of the biggest real estate companies in North America and supporting a variety of strategic efforts. In 2019, Alice co-founded UrbanLab, China’s first corporate PropTech Accelerator. Previously, she worked at Fifth Wall, the world’s biggest venture capital firm focuses on real estate technology, and at Trez Capital, a real estate private equity firm in Canada.

Alice was the provincial champion of one of the biggest public speaking competitions in China in high school, and actively competed in business case competitions during her studies. In 2018, she represented Columbia University to compete in a national case competition and won 3rd place. She has been involved in college consulting for 3 years now and has helped high school students get accepted into top American and Canadian universities, such as Cornell, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Georgetown, USC, among others. In her spare time, Alice enjoys spending time in the nature. She’s an avid skier and hiker. She also can’t wait to start travel again.

Li Sha

Dr. Sha has a Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology from SFU and a postdoc experience at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of AERA (American Educational Research Association), APA (American Psychological Association), and ISLS (International Society of Learning Sciences). As an educational psychologist, Dr. Sha was not only involved in many significant research projects conducted at SFU, University of Hong Kong, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the University of Pittsburgh but has also published a number of influential research articles in highly ranked peer-reviewed academic journals.  One of the focuses of his research was on parental influence on K-12 students’ self-regulation, motivation and achievement in learning. Apart from giving seminars/presentations to the Chinese community in his spare time,  Dr Sha’s individual consulting service on parenting as well as children’s psychological development and learning take up most of his time.  His expertise, professionalism and work ethic have been highly praised and appreciated by many Chinese parents and their children.

Randip Bakshi

Born in Russia to Indian parents Randip has lived, studied and worked in India, Canada, and the United States. He studied the History of Art and Middle Eastern Studies at the universities of Toronto and Victoria. His interest in Islamic art and architecture coupled with his passion for Urdu and Persian literature led him to a doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley. He has experience applying to and successfully being accepted into several top-ranked universities in Canada and the United States. He currently teaches Asian art to post-secondary students and is preparing to start the Bachelor of Education program at the University of British Columbia in the fall. In his spare time, Randip enjoys cooking and miniature painting. He also hopes to be fully proficient in French by the end of the year."     

Aaron Yu

Mr. Yu has many years of experience in capital markets and investment management. Previously he has worked at Morgan Stanley Capital International as a consultant to hedge funds and bulge bracket banks. He has also took roles at Manulife Asset Management, where he helped investment team engaging in fixed income investment and risk analysis. Currently Mr. Yu works at a leading Canadian hedge fund with about $4 Billion AUM, focusing on portfolio management, strategy development, and asset allocation. Mr. Yu holds Master of Science in Mathematical Finance from University of Chicago, and Honors Bachelor’s Degree from University of British Columbia. He is a charter holder of CFA and FRM. In the past five years, Aaron has helped the students who are interested in business and finance get into the world top business schools. In 2020 Wharton Youth Investment Contest, the team he coached was selected to be the regional finalist. In his spare time Aaron enjoys reading and painting. He is also a sports lover, playing competitive badminton, golfing during summertime, and occasionally sailing with friends.