Dr. Emily Hong Yue Guo grew up in Beijing,China. She studied Chinese Cultural Studies at both Chinese and American universities. Having lived and worked in America for more than thirty years, Dr. Guo has extensive knowledge and experience in cross-cultural understanding and exchanges. She taught Chinese culture, religions and history at American colleges. She is the founder and former executive director of the Vermont Peace Academy and former director of the Asia-Pacific Institute and Study Abroad Program at Goddard College. In the past ten years, she has devoted herself to building international exchange programs.
Dick Taylor is the education consultant and the residential site coordinator for SPIRAL International. A retired educator living in northwest Vermont. Dick holds degrees in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Education, and Administration and Planning. His work experience includes being a math and science teacher, principal of schools ranging in grade levels from pre-k through grade 12, and Superintendent of Schools. His interest in international opportunities for students has taken him to Thailand as well as working with SPIRAL International.
Jia (Jason) Shi was born and grew up in Shenyang in northeast China. He received a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management from Dalian Transportation University in China, then came to the United States in 2011 and got an MBA from Wright State University in Ohio. He has been working in the domain of Chinese-American cooperation since he was an undergraduate and is very interested in creating educational exchange programs between the two countries.
Lauren Chapman has lived in Vermont since 1986. She received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in Education from Saint Michael’s College. Prior to joining SPIRAL International, she worked as an educator in Vermont public schools for 20 years. Lauren loves to travel and learn about different cultures.
Justin Brink has a B.S. from Castleton University, an M.A. from San Diego State University and a Professional Educator’s Certificate for Middle Grades from the state of Florida. He has worked as a classroom teacher, Learning Tech Coordinator and Curriculum Coordinator for schools in Florida, Mexico City, Bogotá, Bangkok and Manila since 2005. Justin is a native Vermonter who enjoys playing sports, exploring, and learning about the world.