China Faculty and Staff

Ni hao and welcome,

Spending a high school year abroad at SYA China will be one of the most exciting and meaningful educational experiences you will ever have. I know that it will be difficult to study abroad for nine months, but I can guarantee you that it will change your life for the better.

It goes without saying that the classroom experience, however important, is only enhanced by the fact that you will actually live in China. Indeed, you will have numerous opportunities to integrate meaningful learning experiences into your life in Beijing and to engage with Chinese culture. How many teenagers can say that they are living with a Chinese host family or participating in a Five-Day Immersion program, which allows you to spend a few days at a local high school in the suburbs of Beijing? Or playing Frisbee with Tibetan monks at the grasslands and hiking from village to village in Yunnan province?

Will a year in China’s capital be challenging and at times difficult? Yes! Will it be always picture-perfect? No! Will this year be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life? Absolutely! But the real question is: Are you ready to embark on a life-changing adventure? Joining SYA China and living for a year in Beijing with a Chinese host family will guarantee you a quantum leap of progress in Mandarin, an intimate and truly unique engagement with Chinese culture, and so much more.

SYA gives you the opportunity to spend junior or senior year of high school making China another place to call home. If you or your parents have any questions about China or the program, feel free to contact our Admissions Office at 978.725.6828 who will be glad to answer your questions, tell you about our school in Beijing and the SYA experience. I look forward to welcoming you to our school!


Hilde Becker
Resident Director
SYA China

Hilde Becker, Resident Director
Hilde Becker joined SYA China in 2002 serving as the history teacher for 10 years. For the 2011-2012 academic year, she acted as Interim Resident Director and has been the Resident Director since 2012. She also served as the Program Director of the 2011 SYA China Summer program. Becker earned her MA at Trier University, Germany and received extensive Chinese linguistic training at Lanzhou University, China. She earned another MA and completed coursework for a PhD in Chinese History at the University of California where she also served as an instructor in the history department.

China Faculty and Staff

Andrea Caruso (2016)
AP Environmental Science, College Testing
BA Binghamton University, MS Fordham University

Jake Conway (2016)
History, Political Science
BA Yale University

Cui Yinkui (2000)
Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Erhu Instruction
Faculty member of BNU High School #2

Ding Xuesong (2007)
Mandarin Chinese
BA Beijing’s Capital Normal University, MA Beijing Normal University

Mark Grice (2017)
MEd Harvard University, BS University of Maryland

Li Xuedong (2007)
Co-Curriculars Coordinator (Activities, Service and Wellness), Educational Travel Coordinator

Li Yan (2004)
Mandarin Chinese, Professional Development Coordinator
BA Central University for Nationalities, MA Indiana University

Maomin (2014)
Martial Arts

Shen Yu (2008)
Administrative Assistant
MA Beijing Normal University

Tie Jiao (2006)
Mandarin Chinese
BA Lanzhou University, MA Beijing Normal University

Jill Vincent (2015)
English and College Counseling Liaison
BA Purdue University, MA Purdue University

Zhang Min (2014)
Host Family Coordinator, Health and Wellness Coordinator
BS Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

Zhang Tong (2003)
Mandarin Chinese, Chinese Language Coordinator
BS, MS Beijing University