Meet The Team

Volha graduated from Salem State University with a Communications/Public Relations degree and received an Associates degree from Grodno State School of Business and Law. She received a TESOL Certificate from Target International in Boston, MA. She is currently an ESL teacher and curriculum designer at High Expectations.

Changhong Zang

Director, Shanghai

Hong graduated from Emerson College with a Master of Arts degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing. Before coming to America, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Shanghai Studies University. She was a reporter for, a column writer for English Salon Magazine, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Readingabit Magazine. Hong designed the Youth Program curriculum and teaches TOEFL, SAT and ELA at High Expectations, China.

Yan Zhuang

Director of Student Services/Personal Advisor

Yan graduated from Northeastern University with a Master of Science degree in Business and Corporate Communications.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Zhejiang University of Media and Communications. Yan has been involved in TV filming and reported at international events including EXPO Shanghai. She is the current Director of Student Services at High Expectations. 

Brittany King

Guidance Counselor

Brittany has a Master of Education in School Counseling from Suffolk University. Brittany is a guidance counselor at Belmont High School and High Expectations. She is an experienced college planning professional having worked at different high schools in Massachusetts since 2010. Brittany also has a B.A. in psychology, which qualifies her to counsel students on various personal as well as school related issues.

Kimberly Duong

ESL Teacher

Kimberly graduated from Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistic Studies. She was an English language instructor at the English Language Institute at Syracuse University and recently joined our team as an ESL teacher.  She is bilingual in English and Vietnamese.

Jailton Pereira

ESL Teacher

Jailton earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies including language, literature and cultures from Universidade de Cabo Verde. He taught ESL in Cape Verde before moving to the U.S. in 2015 to work as an ESOL instructor at College Bound in Dorchester.  In addition to High Expectations, he presently teaches ESL at the YMCA of Boston and serves as an English translator at Beth Israel Hospital. Jailton is bilingual in English and Portuguese.

Lynn A. Leonard


Lynn Leonard is the founder of High Expectations. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Suffolk University and law degree from New England School of Law. She spent many years practicing law with a focus on Civil Rights and Children and Family Law.  Prior to founding High Expectations, Attorney Leonard served as an educational advocate and represented both students and teachers in employment and civil rights matters. 

Chris Souza

International Student Advisor

Chris spent more than 20 years in Brazil working as an English teacher, private tutor, interpreter and a translator of professional and
academic work. Since his return to the U.S., he has been significantly
involved in ESL programs and the student visa process. He is passionate about the learning process and takes great pleasure in facilitating the development of language skills.

Guilherme Locks

Director of  Recruiting & Marketing/Admissions

IT Officer

Guilherme received an Advertising and Marketing degree from Unisul University in Brazil in 2006 and operated an his own agency from 2010 to 2016. He was responsible for numerous successful marketing campaigns throughout his career prior to relocating to the USA. He is the current Director of  Recruiting & Marketing and IT Officer at High Expectations.  He also assists students with the admissions process.


Patrick Synan 

SAT English Teacher

Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.  He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Irish Literature from Boston College.  Patrick is a Massachusetts certified teacher.  He joined the Boston Public Schools in 2016 as an ELL teacher.  Patrick will complete a Masters in Education this summer at the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Patrick is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Corey Grout 

Director of Faculty

Corey received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's Studies from the University of New Hampshire and an Masters in Education in TESOL from the University of Southern Maine.  She brings extensive teaching experience to High Expectations, serves as teacher trainer and mentor and is responsible for ESL curriculum design.

          Xi Wang

SAT/ACT Math Teacher

Xi is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell) College of Engineering. She is a longtime tutor of math, chemistry and physics.  Prior to joining High Expectations, Xi was a private tutor and teaching assistant at the Malden Immigrant Learning Center.  Xi presently teaches SAT and ACT math.  She is bilingual in English and Chinese.

Robert W. Klemm

Housing Director

Anna Bryson

Executive Assistant/ Payroll Administrator

Anna is a graduate of Everett High School and has been an Executive Assistant for more than 30 years. Her outstanding organizational skills and helpful nature are instrumental to High Expectations' business operations. Anna provides administrative assistance to the CEO, CFO and assists faculty, staff and students

Silviya Valeva

ESL Teacher

Silviya received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of Telecommunications and Post and a Master of Business Administration from New Bulgaria University.  She obtained a Certification to teach TESOL from the Language Skills English Center in Boston. Silviya currently teaches ESL, while studying at Cambridge College for a Master's degree in Business.  Silviya is bilingual in English and Russian.

Mary Ann Murray

ESL Teacher

Mary Ann earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Boston College and a Masters of Science in Human Resources Counseling from Northeastern University.  She is also Certified in TEFL.  She taught ESL at various skill levels in Warsaw, Poland and in Tehuacan, Mexico.  Mary Ann is a favorite among students known for her humor and energetic teaching style.

Bob studied Business and Financial Planning at Boston College. For the past 30 years, he has owned and operated an independent real estate and property management firm.  He is also the Business Manager for Second Chance for Youth Offenders, a local nonprofit organization offering rehabilitative services to under served youth. Bob oversees Student Housing at High Expectations.

Charles Norman

Facilities Manager

Charlie is a graduate of Malden High School.  Prior to joining High Expectations, Charlie was the Operations Manager at Refinity Corporation.  He joined Northeastern University in 2004 as an Academic Building Superintendent. At High Expectations, Charlie ensures that our school environment is operating according to applicable health and safety laws and that our staff and students have necessary space, equipment, and supplies.

Cai Kai

Physics Teacher

Kai received a Bachelor of Science degree in Astrophysics from Peking University and earned a Master of Arts degree in Astronomy and a Doctoral degree in Astrophysics from Indiana University Bloomington. Kai teaches Physics at the high school level at Newton Chinese Language School and prior to that at Ray Chinese School. Kai works as an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Pine Manor College. Kai is bilingual in Chinese and English.


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