InAmerica International Since 2010
Lilly's journey began in the picturesque town of Haining, nestled near Shanghai, China. She was raised in a quaint village, where her father had tirelessly managed his manufacturing business for decades. Throughout her childhood and youth, Lilly cherished the moments spent with her grandparents, parents, and her younger brother.
When she embarked on her college education, Lilly matriculated at Capital Normal University in Beijing City, a renowned institution for future educators. It was here that Lilly excelled academically, earning both a national scholarship and the prestigious Best Teaching Award in a school-wide competition. These achievements ignited a profound passion within her for both education and entrepreneurship, blending together in a harmonious synergy.
In 2011, this unique combination of her aspirations led Lilly to establish her first tutoring and consulting office, marking the beginning of her remarkable journey in the field of education. Dedicating her career to education, Lilly started offering services in international admissions, test preparation, and private school applications during her second year of college. Inspired by her students who successfully went overseas for school, she decided to pursue further education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
InAmerica Education was born in the cradle of the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Under Lilly's visionary leadership, InAmerica Education has evolved into a trusted hub for students seeking comprehensive guidance to navigate the intricate landscape of U.S. education. Today, InAmerica Education boasts a team of over 30 full-time employees, serving more than 300 students annually across its K-12, College, and Enrichment departments combined. Maintaining an impressive growth rate of 40%-50% each year, InAmerica is poised to reach even greater heights with its aspirational team and strong drive under Lilly's leadership.
Lilly Yu has brought together a wealth of resources, expert advice, and invaluable insights to demystify the U.S. education system. As we delve deeper into Lilly Yu's remarkable journey and her contributions to the realm of international education, it becomes clear that she is not only a founder but she and her team also become a guiding light for students on their quest for knowledge and excellence. Under her leadership, InAmerica Education continues to inspire, inform, and empower the next generation of global scholars.
Outside of work, Lilly is a devoted mother and adores her fluffy animals, a Coton de Tulear and an orange tabby. She is also passionate about running and flower arrangement.
Director of K-12 Boarding
Cindy Gong is a passionate advocate for the life-changing impact of education. Her unwavering belief in the power of quality education stems from her own transformative experiences, which opened doors to opportunities she once deemed unreachable. Driven by this belief, Cindy is dedicated to guiding students toward discovering their true potential through education.
Her career in educational consulting began unexpectedly but has been deeply rewarding. Starting with the China office of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Beijing, Cindy transitioned into consulting for private K-12 schools in the U.S. With over 15 years of experience in the educational consulting industry, she has assisted thousands of families and cultivated close relationships with hundreds of private schools. The trust she and her team have earned from clients is invaluable, reflecting the commitment to guiding students on their educational journey.
Educational consulting is not merely a profession for Cindy; it's a vocation that brings immense fulfillment. Witnessing students receiving offers from their dream schools after months of dedicated teamwork is among the most rewarding moments. These instances, brimming with emotion, mark the culmination of heartfelt efforts and render each application season truly unforgettable.
Looking ahead, Cindy is eager to expand her team's reach, aiming to assist even more students and parents in realizing their dreams and embarking on remarkable educational journeys.
Beyond her professional aspirations, Cindy is dedicated to living a fulfilling, joyful, and healthy life, aspiring to radiate this positivity to those around her.
Director for College Admissions
With over a decade of extensive experience in college admissions, recruitment, and program management, Helena proudly serves as the Junior Partner and Director of College Admissions at InAmerica Education. Her professional journey reflects a wealth of expertise in leading strategic initiatives, fostering partnerships, and guiding students toward their educational aspirations.
Helena’s academic sojourn commenced at Beijing International Studies University and Northern Arizona University, where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in English. This foundational period not only honed her understanding of language and literature but also instilled in her the ethos of effective communication and the power of words in shaping perspectives.
Fuelled by a fervent commitment to understanding the intricacies of education and its profound impact on diverse learners, she delved further into the academic realm by pursuing a Master of Science in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. This advanced degree has equipped her with the necessary tools to navigate the complex dynamics of diverse learning environments and foster inclusive educational practices.
Helena started her career as a test preparation teacher and admissions counselor where she developed a strong passion in the business working with many students pursuing their dream education but not knowing how. In the next several years, she accumulated lots of experience through working with students of interests in fine arts, science, math, engineering, psychology, education, business, and many other fields.
At InAmerica Education, Helena leads a team of 9 college consultants and former admission officers, meticulously evaluating hundreds of students across a spectrum of academic programs. This pivotal responsibility necessitates not only a discerning eye for potential but also an innate understanding of the nuanced aspects of the admissions process. Driven by an unwavering commitment to enhancing educational experiences, Helena’s ultimate goal is to empower students from diverse backgrounds to not just succeed but to thrive in their academic pursuits.
At InAmerica, Helena has honed her skills in admissions, recruitment, and program management. She has initiated and managed a variety of programs, and is dedicated to developing better services for the families. Her leadership ethos is deeply rooted in a passion for lifelong learning and a dedication to sculpting an environment where the potential of each student and consultant is not only acknowledged but nurtured and cultivated to fruition. This role of Junior Partner marks the pinnacle of her professional journey, where she now steers the ship, leveraging her extensive experience, strategic acumen, and profound understanding of the educational landscape to foster an environment where everyone is encouraged, inspired and guided towards their dreams.