Over the past 10 years, I have raised my three children in the local schools of California, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. I have learned that no school system is perfect — yet we have so much to learn from one another. Also, I find that parents everywhere need to fill in the gaps left by schools. To optimize our children’s learning and prepare them for successful futures, I share my own experiences and research through articles, speaking engagements and consulting. I have been featured in media outlets including The Japan Times, Financial Times, CBS and CNBC. My mission is focused on elevating the expectations and learning outcomes of our schools and students.
I have visited hundreds of schools in the United States, Hong Kong, China, and Japan. I have advised dozens of families, led seminars, and conducted numerous studies on: International and multicultural education, Multiple language acquisition, Education theory, Navigating school choice, School reform, School curricula, School financing, Educational assessments, Promoting diversity and Gender parity.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science in Global and International Education from Drexel University with a concentration on China, Japan, and the United States. I graduated with top honors and an award for my independent research on “Japanese Parents’ Approach to Educating their Children in a Globalization Era.” I am certified in Early Childhood Development, Parent Effectiveness Training, Fostering Global Competency and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I am pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California and a graduate certification in Mind, Brain and Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. I attended and graduated from New York’s most competitive elementary and secondary schools and attended summer programs at Stanford University, Phillips Academy Andover, and Keio University.
To remain engaged in international student flows, I offer college counseling and intense college prep to international high school students who are looking to attend the most competitive US colleges. Since 2012, my students have been accepted to schools including: Columbia, University of Chicago, Duke, Stanford, Penn, and UC Berkeley.
I believe in advancing the next generation through public service. I introduced the Grameen Foundation, that specializes in establishing microfinance networks globally, to multinational institutional investors and corporations in Hong Kong. I spearheaded 6-figure fundraising efforts for Half the Sky childcare centers and orphanages throughout China. I established a sports scholarship in Hong Kong for underprivileged youth to compete globally and taught English to Shanghai’s migrant children through a Chinese NGO and the US Embassy. In Tokyo, I served on the Advisory Board of The Japan Times. Now in Silicon Valley, I am a mentor in the Peninsula Bridge program to help less privileged first generation youth succeed in high school to matriculate at a four-year college.
I have been an active member of my children’s schools’ parent associations. In Tokyo, I was the Vice President of my children’s school PTA. Responsible for parent education, I brought world-renown architects, student psychologists and professional development speakers to our school. l was also a 6-month full-time volunteer at my daughter’s traditional Japanese pre-school.
Both my husband, Alex, and I have been actively involved in our alma maters. I have been an alumni interviewer for Dartmouth and have been active in fundraising. He has long interviewed and raised funds for Princeton, serves on the University’s Annual Giving Committee and is Class Agent for the Class of 1995, which has broken four consecutive major-year fundraising records.
We speak English, Japanese, Chinese, and French fluently in our home, and recently repatriated to Palo Alto, California.
Prior to my commitment to global education, I graduated from the New York School of Interior Design with High Honors to then host an internationally syndicated home design show for HGTV while running my own design firm.
Throughout the years that Teru has been my advisor on how to educate and parent my children, I have enormously benefited from her professional knowledge, insights and experiences and have also been attracted by her personality, inspired and encouraged by her passion and devotion to both her family and research career. I was able to turn to her at any time for detailed advice on trivial issues that I bumped into such as how to help the children to establish their sense of time management.
在接受Teru的 教育咨询服务的两年时间里，她深厚的专业知识，敏锐的洞察力以及丰富的实践经验让我获益匪浅。她强烈的人格魅力和对家庭对教育研究事业的付出与执着也同时 激励鼓舞着我。无论何时何地，无论我遇到何种困惑，细致如突然想知道怎样帮助孩子建立合理利用时间的观念，我都能够毫无顾虑地求助于Teru。与此同时，我也在Teru的精心安排下，定期与她会面，就我孩子的教育路线规划进行交流，探讨，和即时地得到她的建议，包括但不限于择校，英语语言学习以及合适的出国求学时机。Teru从来不会吝啬于她能给予我的支持，分享和资源。因此，我感到无比幸运并感恩，能得到她的帮助，促使我对如何将我孩子培养成更好的世界公民有了更清晰和全面的想法与规划。
– JiaNing Wang/王嘉宁
CFO of Family Business
Teru has been an inspiration to me as a new mother trying to think through educational choices in a maze of cultural issues. I have lived in China for 15 years but was amazed at the way she quickly grasped the best educational opportunities on offer here and forged a successful path for her 3 children in the most competitive and selective local Shanghai schools. For people outside of the public Chinese education system, it can seem daunting –
Teru is committed and passionate about education in the world. She is extremely knowledgeable from a global policy level and thinks about its impacts on societies and economies as much as it effect on individual children in the classroom. She is committed to the community and has been very generous with her time from the helping the neighborhood children to teaching English to migrant children. I saw Teru influence others to think differently about education. She is driven to prepare the next generation for the challenges they will face in an uncertain future.
– Shannon Ellis
I may have been Teru’s first client in the late 1990’s when I was starting high school in the US having just arrived from Tokyo. I did not speak a word of English at that time. Though I was living with my family, they too did not speak English. Teru attended all of my academic meetings, helped with course selection, set up my tutors, counseled me through college applications, and found summer programs for me.
– Akiko Suzuki/鈴木明子
Teru was the best and most popular counselor in Shanghai Qicheng Educational Consulting Firm. Her students have been accepted at top universities all over the world, especially at top ranked US universities in the IVY League, the UC system, and smaller liberal arts schools. She has counseled students in Shanghai, China, for university entrance in the United States, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.
– Brenda Shao
I worked with Teru throughout my university application process. Teru is an absolutely enthusiastic, responsible and trustworthy tutor and friend. Every talk I had with her was so inspiring to me, helping me deeply develop and explore my goals not only for the college, but also the goal for my whole life – to become a psychologist and help people in the world. In terms of essay writing, she kept challenging and encouraging me to delve deeper and perfect my essays.
– Carolyn Yao
I feel much honored to have met her, and to have received valuable advice on many matters. My eldest son went to a Japanese high school (private, university-affiliated), after living for 8 years in the USA. After returning from the USA, however, he has felt a sense of incompatibility with the Japanese educational system, and is currently seeking to apply for American universities. It is, however, extremely difficult to obtain correct and comprehensive information about American university applications in Japan, and we were also unsure of the accuracy of the information we have obtained.
– Sachiko Kishimoto/岸本幸子
I met her as a fellow parent at my daughter’s school. Her child rearing and educational philosophy is quite remarkable. She has put all of her 3 children through the local Japanese education system, and she herself has also been very active in these educational activities as a mother. At the same time, she has put in much effort to maintain and improve their native tongue (English), for example by utilizing after-school time.
– Yuka Irie /入江 由香
Teru was different from other college admission counselors I had worked with ; she made it a personal mission to help me stand out among other applicants with perfect SATs and endless list of extracurriculars.
– Leslie Wang
Teru spoke to two of my classes at Keio University. As the theme for the week was how culture influences education, I couldn’t think of anyone who would be better qualified than Teru! Her firsthand experience with education in the three countries coupled with her academic expertise in education made her the perfect speaker.
Teru showed us video clips of school-life in China interspersed with stories about education in China compared to that in Japan and the United States. Through this, she was able to paint a clear picture of how education differs so extremely from one culture to another and how strongly it shapes the way we think and behave. (The Chinese students in my class were very impressed by the accuracy of Teru’s description of the extremely competitive educational system in China.)
Many of my Japanese students commented that while they had known from before that the Chinese educational system was much more competitive than the Japanese system, they had no idea it was that different. After Teru’s lecture, many of my Japanese students felt they needed to take their education more seriously!
– Tomoko Yoshida, Ph.D.
The Japan Times was honored and fortunate to have Teru Clavel as a member of its Advisory Board in 2015. A voracious consumer of news with experience living in several countries in Asia, Teru offered insightful criticism and advice from the perspective of a well-informed and internationally minded reader.
Teru urged us to do more in this vein, suggesting that we could also seek comment from expats at such times, and we have since endeavored to follow that advice.
– Edan Corkill