Our Team

TEST PREP AND COLLEGE COUNSELING

Our team consists of graduates from top institutions in the United States. They have tackled the SAT, excelled in high school, and have been admitted into top institutions. Now, they are here to help you do the same!
Andy Zhang

Andy Zhang

​Yale University

Andy has over 8 years of experience working in education, during which he has been able to help hundreds of students improve their SAT scores by teaching them the study habits and critical thinking heuristics that he, himself, used as a high schooler to improve from 1900 to 2400 in 2 months. In class, Andy promotes a positive atmosphere to motivate students to be better. Outside of teaching, he loves to practice volleyball, play video games, and make toast.

Peggy Shih

Peggy Shih

University of California, Berkeley

Peggy has worked extensively with students on College Counseling, SATs, ACT, AP Exams, the DELF, and the JLPT. Once an international student herself, Peggy is passionate about empowering students with the same opportunities that studying abroad has given her. Her career has brought her around the world to Paris, San Francisco, Dubai, Shanghai, and, now, to her hometown Taipei. When she is not spending time with her students, Peggy enjoys learning languages, drawing manga, and pondering over existential questions.

Azusa Ueno

Azusa Ueno

​Yale University /Manhattan School of Music

Azusa has over 10 years of experience in education, working as a senior tutor for 8 years at a New York City based test prep company before moving to Dubai to continue her career as both an instructor and curriculum developer. She has worked with hundreds of students on standardized tests (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests in Math I/II, Chemistry) and AP Exams (Chemistry and Music Theory). She also teaches specialized subjects (Chemistry, Algebra II/Trig, Pre-Calculus, French, and Japanese). Azusa is a concert pianist who has performed in the US, Japan, Czech Republic, and Dubai as well as a classical album review critic.

​Ariel Zhang

​Ariel Zhang

​Yale University

Ariel is a current student at Yale studying Psychology and Data Science (for now at least)! She likes drawing, cooking, baking and gaming in her free time, so feel free to ask her to game with you. She loves making friends with her students.​

Avery Liou

Avery Liou

​University of California, Berkeley

Avery majors in computer science at UC Berkeley. He hopes to continue to pursue a Master's degree in computer science and then enter the software development industry. Besides helping prospective college students with their essays, he enjoys baking macarons and playing Nintendo Switch in his free time.

Chase Tai

Chase Tai

University of California, Berkeley / ​ Harvard University

Chase graduated from Harvard and has helped hundreds of students apply to colleges and graduate schools. Having spent his teenage years in Taiwan and the U.S., he understands the struggles faced by international students and third culture kids. With an undergraduate degree in economics at UC Berkeley, Chase also worked in data analytics, asset management, and sports broadcasting before PANO. After work, he enjoys food, photography, and watching the NBA.

Vadim Rubin

Vadim Rubin

​University of Maryland

Vadim graduated in the inaugural Asian Studies class from the University of Maryland. He then went on to become a Mandarin Instructor at The New Century School in Baltimore, Maryland. Vadim has successfully helped students increase their SAT I Reading and Writing score by an average of 200 - 300 points and their essay scores by 10-15 points.

Michael Yin

Michael Yin

​Harvard University

Michael is majoring in Applied Mathematics and intends to major in Economics for his master degree. In his free time, he loves making music with his Acappella team and getting insights from friends. Although the college application process is not always pleasant, Michael still enjoys and likes the idea of writing essays and helping students discover the stories that they want to share.

Doris Chiang

Doris Chiang

Harvard University/ University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Doris grew up in Taipei and moved to America when she was 18 for college. She studied economics at Harvard College (class of 2015) and later pursued a Master's degree at UNC Chapel Hill. She currently works at a startup in New York and enjoys exploring museums, browsing Reddit, and helping international students succeed in America.

Mindy Hsu

Mindy Hsu

New York University

Mindy graduated from New York University with a degree in Economics and Business, and grew up in three different countries. Mindy is currently a global marketer at L'Oreal and has worked in the media and entertainment industry in corporate strategy. She is excited to help students translate their unique narratives and perspectives into admissions essays. ​

Mitchell Lui

Mitchell Lui

University of California, Berkeley/ University of Toronto

Mitchell has over 4 years of experience working with students in both Hong Kong and California. He has helped students prepare for SAT, ACT, AP, IB, etc. He is going to become a lawyer and will practice corporate law at one of Canada’s top law firms. Mitchell is familiar with different application processes and is passionate about helping students improve their writing skills.

Claire Kuo

Claire Kuo

Columbia University

​Claire is a student at Columbia University studying Creative Writing and Political Science. She is excited to help students in Taiwan develop their stories and voices because, as a former IBSH student, she was once in their very shoes. But she also just adores writing and education. In her spare time, she volunteers in non-profits, watches late night comedy shows, and trains to be a cookie connoisseur.

Aaliyah Ibrahim

Aaliyah Ibrahim

Yale University

Aaliyah Ibrahim is a Nigerian graduate from Yale College with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a certificate for completing the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. Her co-curricular involvement in college included teaching and supporting youth in the Yale Refugee Project and the Yale Young Global Scholar. Aaliyah is also a literature and art enthusiast and can be found actively engaging with poetry or taking photographs.​

Carlos Schmidt-Padilla

Carlos Schmidt-Padilla

Harvard University / ​University of California, Berkeley

Carlos graduated from Harvard University in 2015 and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. He enjoys traveling, trying new cuisines, and getting lost in large urban areas. Carlos looks forward to helping students succeed in the college admissions process. ​

Michele

Michele

UC Berkeley

Michele completed her undergraduate degree in biology at UC Berkeley, and is a recent graduate from a joint masters in translational medicine program at UC Berkeley/UCSF. She specializes in cancer immunology has over 4 years of experience working in the biotech industry in San Francisco. Outside of healthcare, she is passionate about education and draws upon her own experiences as an international student when she teaches. In her free time she enjoys learning new languages, traveling, and being at the beach 🙂

Ryo

Ryo

The University of Sydney

Throughout the years of Ryo’s teaching, he holds the belief that English should be taught as an essential tool to help learners improve themselves, instead of being treated merely as another subject at school. As a result, besides passing down language knowledge to learners, managing learner’s motivation, training learners’ learning strategy and helping learners establish a good learning habit are some of the most important aspects in Ryo’s class.

Chichi Chang

Chichi Chang

UC Berkeley

Chichi is majoring in bioengineering at UC Berkeley.She is going to pursue a PhD to integrate her passions for engineering and medicine. Having studied in Hong Kong and Shanghai, she understands the struggles that many international students face when applying for colleges. In her free time, she likes to run, volunteer, paint, scroll through Subtle Asian pets for cute puppies, and watch Romee Stridj’s Youtube videos.

Rene H. Tsukawaki

Rene H. Tsukawaki

Cornell University

​​Rene is a multicultural and multilingual Third Culture Kid, who has moved at an interval of 4-5 years internationally for all of her life. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English Literature and minors in Asian American Studies and Inequality Studies. Currently, Rene works for a global tech company, and in her free time enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her dog. She hopes to guide students so that they may realize their own stories and learn how to best share them. ​

Gaelle A Pfister

Gaelle A Pfister

University of Texas at Austin

Gaëlle graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a double major in Corporate Communications and Chinese Language & Culture. She’s half-French, half-Spanish, has lived in 7 different countries, and speaks French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Chinese. In 2018, she moved to Taipei where she currently works at a tech startup in sales/marketing. In her free time, Gaëlle loves traveling to new destinations, playing high-intensity sports, baking, and painting.

Winn Cui

Winn Cui

​UC Berkeley

Winn earned four degrees from UC Berkeley in the fields of Computer Science, Data Science, Cognitive Science, and Molecular and Cell Biology. Having experience in both the tech sector of the SF Bay Area, as well as the biotech sector in San Diego, Winn is applying his knowledge and skills to explore the interdisciplinary cross-sections that lie between the fields of software engineering, AI/ML, education, health, and design.

​Jeffrey Tang

​Jeffrey Tang

​UC Berkeley

Jeffrey is a graduate from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in History . With a strong passion for education, he has worked with high school and community college students from all backgrounds on the essay editing and college application process. Additionally, Jeffrey has tutored students privately in college-level physics, English, and history. During his free time, Jeffrey loves to cook, play video games, visit batting cages, and dance.

Cindy Chao

Cindy Chao

New York University

Cindy graduated from New York University with a degree in Economics and Business Studies. Prior to working at Pano, she did some marketing related jobs and internships in New York. Born and raised in Taiwan, she understands the struggles faced by international students and is willing to help students with all aspects of the application process. In her free time, she enjoys working out, going outdoors, traveling and watching Netflix.

Malaika Aryee-Boi

Malaika Aryee-Boi

​Yale University

Malaika Aryee-Boi graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in History. She made the switch from STEM to the humanities in her second year. Malaika also discovered another passion in education. She has worked in various teaching capacities ranging from the Yale Young Global Scholars Program to college counselling. After graduation, she spent a year at the University of Ghana as a teaching assistant. In her spare time, Malaika enjoys video-calling, singing along and imagining better worlds.

Jonathan Zou

Jonathan Zou

Pennsylvania

Jonathan graduated from the University Pennsylvania as a Vagelos Molecular Life Science Scholar majoring in Biochemistry and submatriculating with a Masters in Chemistry. Having worked as a teaching assistant to Philadelphia students ranging from the kindergarten to collegiate level, Jonathan is excited to draw from his personal and teaching experiences to help more students to the best of his ability. Besides education, he is passionate about biomedical research, running and NBA.

Maame Boatemaa

Maame Boatemaa

New York University/ The London School of Economics

Maame won over $300,000 in grants and scholarships as an undergrad at NYU. She had worked in Zambia as a Princeton in Africa fellow and made a hobby out of helping students get accepted into their dream schools and research programs at Johns Hopkins and NYU, to name a few. As a current graduate student at the London School of Economics, Maame is fully funded to study development through the lens of environmental policy. In her spare time, Maame writes for the Garlic Project and makes YouTube videos about college applications and travel.

Research Mentorship

Our guest lectures cover various academic fields and are taught by researchers and professors who come from elite U.S. universities. Their goal over the duration of course is to educate and personally mentor you, ensuring that you will become more proficient and enlightened with regards to your chosen subject.
David

David

MA, Computing in Education, Columbia University MBA, MIT - Fudan University BS, Marketing, Florida State University
Bruce

Bruce

Brown|Computer Science
Peter

Peter

MIT| Statistics & Financial Mathematics
Timothy

Timothy

Columbia|English & Comparative Literature
Ulrik

Ulrik

Cert, MIT Sloan School of Business Cert, Harvard Business School MSc, Business Development, Aalborg University
Eric

Eric

Surrey|Economics
Tayyeb

Tayyeb

Upenn| Finance
Andrew

Andrew

Oxford|Counseling Psychology
Erik

Erik

Tufts |Neuroscience
Kevin

Kevin

Florida |Computational Language Science
Amanda

Amanda

Vanderbilt|English Literature & Gender Studies
Bianca

Bianca

College London|Psychology
Timothy

Timothy

Yale| Sociology
Marsha

Marsha

NYU Tisch|Film and Television
Terence

Terence

Yale|Humanities & History
Eleanor

Eleanor

Berklee College of Music| Music Composition