Ms. Wang started her career as a lecturer in statistics at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She later earned her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with concentration on marketing, finance and education management. After Kellogg, Ms. Wang was an investment strategist based at Merrill Lynch’s Wall Street head office, and has since conducted business seminars at the China Europe International Business School, Peking University and Fudan University. Ms. Wang has extensive experience in multinational management and operations having worked throughout the USA, London, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In 2002, Ms. Wang was elected president of the Kellogg Beijing Alumni Club; in 2006, she successfully organized the first Kellogg Asia Marketing Conference. She currently serves as co-chair and senior consultant for the club.
Dr. Marlene Barron – Chief Academic Officer
An established expert in early childhood education, Marlene Barron, Ph.D., has over forty-five years’ experience as a consultant, educator and Head of School. She founded the Staten Island Montessori School in 1965, was Head of School of West Side Montessori School in New York City from 1979-2007, and co-director of their teacher education program until 2008. She was a professor of education at NYU and project director of the NYU-Montessori Teacher Education until 2008.
As an international consultant, Dr. Barron has worked with education associations in Africa [Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa], Europe [Italy, Russia, Sweden], England, Asia [China, Japan, Korea], Brazil, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Her work has ranged from professional development series focused on specific curriculum areas and assessment protocols to consultations on public policy, strategic planning, curriculum development, and school organizational issues.
Until fall 2011, she served as a Commissioner for the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). Her other volunteer positions include past president of the American Montessori Society’s (AMS) board, secretary/treasurer of the International Association of Montessori Educators (IAME), and past chair of the AMS Asia Taskforce.
As the Chief Academic Officer for Etonkids Educational Group, Dr. Barron is responsible for overseeing teaching and research. She is also the director of Etonkids Montessori Teacher Training Academy (EMTTA).
Dr. Barron’s books for parents include the Ready, Set, Learn series. Her previous book, I Learn to Read and Write the Way I Learn to Talk: A Very First Book about Whole Language, is published in English and Spanish. In addition to numerous articles, she has written books for Montessori teachers, Sensorial Ideas [in English, Japanese], Recording and Reporting: A Comprehensive Record-keeping System for Early Childhood [in English and Chinese], and Cosmic Education.