About Us

Vision

Our vision is to inspire and prepare future global leaders. We do this by combining the Western student-oriented approach to learning that emphasizes creativity, self-expression, critical thinking and leadership with the Asian-oriented approach that emphasizes discipline, hard work, and excellence. We want students to feel empowered to voice their thoughts and have confidence and conviction in speaking their minds. We want students to analyze problems and find both creative and practical solutions. Learning should be about improving one’s mind and character, not just memorizing facts. We want students to gain a global perspective by discussing and debating current events around the world. And lastly, we want students in Asia and in the U.S. to build friendships so that they can build a transpacific network that will help them become the next generation of global leaders.

Executive Team

Haewon Helen Whang – Founder and CEO

Helen Whang
Helen is a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University School of Law. She practiced law as a commercial litigator for ten years until she became a mother of two boys and the founder of English Hound. Helen developed English Hound as a result of her love for teaching, reading, and writing. Through English Hound, Helen is able to combine her goal of promoting excellence in reading and writing for all students with her vision of U.S. and Korean communities coming together through learning. She also hopes to share the principle that while academic achievement is important, a true passion for learning will promote lifelong advancement. As CEO of English Hound, Helen has a broad range of responsibilities, but her main focus is to seek out and hire teachers who are smart, experienced and encouraging and most importantly, can inspire children to learn. In her free time, Helen is busy chauffeuring her sons to ice hockey practices and playing golf with her husband.

Contact: helen@englishhound.com

Haemi Kim – Program Development Director

Haemi Kim
Haemi is a Binghamton University graduate who has extensive experience in early childhood education. She has taught at kindergarten and elementary school levels in New York and is passionate about quality education. She has a 12 year-old son who attends Horace Mann School, one of the most premier institutions for academic excellence in the U.S. Haemi was frustrated at the lack of quality teachers in reading and writing, and she is seeking to bring excellence in English education through English Hound. As a former teacher, Haemi’s role in English Hound is helping teachers individualize their lessons to match the students’ needs and working to promote communication between teachers and parents. When she is not working on English Hound, Haemi serves as a Co-Chair of the Korean Parent League at her son’s school where she acts as a liaison between Korean parents and the school faculty. In spite of her many roles, Haemi’s most important job is sharing with her son her philosophy of living passionately and diligently.

Contact: haemi@englishhound.com

Namee Lee Oberst – Marketing Director, U.S.

Helen Whang
Namee graduated from UC Berkeley with High Honors and is a graduate of University of Michigan Law School. She practiced law as a corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. She has an 11 year-old son who has attended international schools in France, Spain, India and China and is currently a middle-school student in Scarsdale, New York. Having lived abroad for many years due to her husband’s job as a senior executive at a multinational corporation, she realized that there were very few tutors both abroad and in the U.S. who taught English reading and writing at an advanced level necessary for success in the competitive U.S. schools for her son. She joined English Hound after being impressed with the caliber of the teachers on its staff and is now eager to share this great resource with other parents of high-achieving children.

Contact: namee@englishhound.com

Beverly Cole – Communications Director

Beverly Cole
Beverly graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology and as a Kent Scholar from the Columbia University School of Law. After practicing law for ten years in commercial finance, Beverly turned her attention to becoming a full time mom as well as fulfilling her dream of becoming a writer. As a lifelong learner who dedicates much of her time teaching reading and math to her children, she decided to join English Hound as a Communications Director because she believes in English Hound’s philosophy of individualizing learning for children who are capable of learning far beyond their grade level. When Beverly is not busy writing correspondences, press releases and news articles for English Hound, she is working on her manuscripts and spending quality time with her husband, son and daughter in Westchester, New York.

Contact: beverly@englishhound.com

Christine del Negro – Curriculum Director

Christine del Negro
Christine obtained a Masters Degree in education from Columbia University Teachers College and a Bachelor’s Degree in government from Smith College. She has spent over a decade teaching English in the top rated schools in the U.S. including Scarsdale and Mamaroneck school districts in New York and has also worked in educational publishing. She has also participated in literacy workshops with Stephanie Harvey and Lucy Calkins, two of the foremost experts in the U.S. on the teaching of reading and writing. She decided to be the Curriculum Director of English Hound because she is a passionate advocate of providing high quality education to all children and a believer in an interactive approach to teaching literacy to help children develop a love of books and express themselves through writing. Christine believes in creating a supportive learning environment that challenges students to work to their fullest potential. Christine lives in Westchester County, New York.

Members

Jane Whang

Jane Whang
Jane Whang is a lawyer in private practice in San Francisco. She specializes in representing communications companies on regulatory matters. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics and received a law degree from Georgetown University. She enjoys reading, writing for English Hound, attempting handstands in yoga, and using the Oxford comma.

David Song

Dave Song
David Song is a corporate attorney at Mazzeo Song & Bradham LLP in New York City. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he was an Articles Editor for the Law Review and graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis. His practice areas include secured lending, securities, mergers and acquisitions, asset management, restructurings and workouts, acquisitions and dispositions of distressed assets, joint ventures and general corporate governance, asset-based lending, structured PIPE (private investments in public equity) transactions, SEC registered offering and compliance work, and counseling private asset management firms. He was formerly a partner of Duval & Stachenfeld and an associate of Debevoise and Plimpton.

John Kang

John Kang
John has over 20 years of equity research, investment banking and accounting experience. He earned his degree in Economics from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at NYU. In addition to working at English Hound, John is a partner at Perpetiel Capital, an investment company based in South Korea focusing on middle-market private market transactions. Prior to joining Perpetiel Capital, John was a Senior Energy Analyst at RBC Capital Markets where he was responsible for Oil and Gas industry as well as the US Coal industry. During his time at RBC, John assisted in the creation of a new asset class called Exploration and Production Master Limited Partnerships. Moreover, he successfully launched 9 IPOs as well as other secondary offerings and private placements. John began his equity research career at Bear Stearns following North American Independent Oil and Gas companies. In addition, John held various positions from investment banking to the controller’s office at Merrill Lynch. John is presently an active member of Minds Matter, a not-for-profit organization mentoring high-achieving, low-income high school students to help them gain admission to the best US colleges. John lives in NYC and is a husband and a devoted father to his 8 year old son, and he teaches golf in an afterschool program at his school to 1st – 5th graders: http://www.nyadventuregolf.com/

Contributor

Amy Huynh

Amy Huynh
Amy Huynh currently resides in Hong Kong and is a Vice President at Noble Group, where she is part of the Global Mergers & Acquisitions team. She previously held positions at The Blackstone Group’s GSO Capital Partners and UBS Investment Bank. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Economics and East Asian Studies and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Ms. Huynh is currently a Board Director of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong and was on the Schools Committee of the Harvard Club of Long Island where she served as an alumni interviewer over five admissions seasons.

Jayne Lee

Jayne Lee
Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude with a degree in International Relations and Economics, Jayne Lee became an Assistant Buyer at Bloomingdale’s in NYC. At 23 years of age, she became the youngest person to be promoted to a full-fledged Buyer in Bloomingdale’s corporate history. After several years, she continued her career as a Senior Merchandiser for Ann Taylor, where she bought and managed a multi-million dollar business for their stores nationwide. Jayne then became a Senior Buyer at the premier luxury retailer, Bergdorf Goodman, where she bought both Women’s European Contemporary Sportswear and Men’s Private Label. She traveled extensively to Italy to source and manufacture the best Italian products for the store. Today, after nearly a decade working in the fashion industry, Jayne lives in Westchester, New York with her husband and their two boys. She is actively involved in various volunteer positions at her elder son’s private school. She enjoys running, skiing and reading.

 
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