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. 

Robert W. Klemm

Housing Director

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.

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.

Anna Bryson

Executive Assistant

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. 

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.

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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.


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.

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.

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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.

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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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Alessandro Massaro
Director of Faculty

Sandro, an immigrant from Italy, received a B.A. degree in Bilingual Education and Italian from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He went on to earn his Master's degree in TESOL from Boston University. Sandro's extensive experience in ESL education includes The Parlin Memorial Library in Everett, where he served as Literacy Program Coordinator, Asian American Civic Association, Boston, where he worked as Education Director, and Bunker Hill Community College, where he worked for almost 40 years as ESL Professor and ESL Department Chair. Sandro joined HE’s team as the Director of Faculty in 2021.