Meet our teachers
Alex is the Academic Director and one of the founders of Summa. He is a California certified language arts teacher.
Alex Trinh
William Jewell College Cornell University
B.A. English & Psychology MFA Poetry
James is one of the founders of Summa. He graduated from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
James Nguyen
University of Michigan UC Berkeley
BBA Finance MBA Finance & Corp. Strategy
Born in Colombia, Juan has travelled to thirteen different countries, and lived in six of those countries. He teaches SAT, ELA, and SSAT at Summa. He attended Rutgers University where he received a BA in History and Political Science with a minor in education.
Juan Acosta
Rutgers University
B.A. History & Political Science
Hao is the manager of the English Language Arts program at Summa. Hao graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in Secondary Education. He taught middle and high school in his home state of Maryland before deciding to return to his motherland.
Hao Dinh
University of Maryland
B.A. English Language & Literature M.Ed Curriculum & Instruction
Greg is a senior manager at Summa. He teaches SAT and ELA classes. Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University. He is a licensed teacher in Colorado and a Teach for America alumnus.
Greg Hitz
Penn State University
B.A. International Politics & Latin American Studies
Matt has written op-eds for Silicon Valley leaders and Fortune 500 CEOs, books for tech entrepreneurs, and speeches for US Vice President Joe Biden. Matt has more than a decade of experience as an educator teaching courses on critical thinking and personal expression for young people and adults.
Matt Bieber
Princeton University Harvard University
A.B. Philosophy Master of Public Policy
Brandon lived and worked in Washington before he traded the wide streets of DC for the intriguing alleys of Ho Chi Minh City. He teaches ELA, SAT, and academic tutoring at Summa. He has substantial experience with test preparation, essay writing on numerous subjects, and teaching literature.
Brandon Bigler
Kalamazoo University
B.A. Political Science & History
Vinnie manages the Tutoring program at Summa, and teaches Math, Physics, and Writing. He graduated from Virginia Tech, one of the best universities for computer science and engineering. He worked as a software engineer for over a decade in the US before moving to Vietnam.
Vinnie Prabhu
Virginia Tech
B.S. Computer Engineering
After graduating from Tran Dai Nghia high school and HCMC International University, Uyen took her first job at Summa and has been here ever since. For the last five years, Uyen has split her time with administration and helping students achieve their target scores IB and AP Physics, Calculus, and Biology exams.
Uyen Tran
HCMC International University
B.A. Administration
Jason teaches the SAT and ACT at Summa. Jason graduated from USC with a degree in finance. Jason worked on Wall Street for number of years before he decided to move to Vietnam.
Jason Proffitt
University of Southern California
BBA Finance
Aisling is an English Language Arts instructor and master tutor at Summa. She has a Masters of History and Philosophy from Cambridge University. Before working at Summa, Aisling was a history teacher at BIS HCMC.
Aisling Mccarthy
University College Cork University of Cambridge
B.A. History Mphil history
Gianna spent five years working with children and adults with language delays in both the US and India. Her role was to identify specific goals related to language and communication and, thereafter, develop a step by step strategy for reaching those goals efficiently. At Summa, Gianna is teaching both SAT preparation and ELA courses.
Gianna Liccio
University of South Carolina
B.A. Experimental Psychology
Martin graduated from Champlain College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Animation. He worked as a Concept Artist in San Francisco before he moved to Asia. He is an ELA teacher at Summa.
Martin Cuadra
Champlain College
B.S. Game Art and Animation
Nab teaches SAT, ACT, Math, and Physics at Summa. He graduated with a Masters in physics from York University.
Nab Eh
University of Toronto York University
B.S. Physics M.S. Physics
Emily teaches SAT and Academic Writing at Summa. She holds degrees in English and Psychology from the UW. Born in California and raised in Beijing, Emily navigated life as an international student in both high school and university.
Emily Yu
University of Washington
B.A. English & Psychology
Anja teaches SAT Math, IB Math, AP Calculus, AP Statistics at Summa. She holds a doctorate degree in mathematics from University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign. After graduating from UIUC she spent 3 years as a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Boston College. Anja taught math in China, Taiwan and South Korea before moving to Vietnam.
Anja Bankovic
University of Illinois
PhD in Mathematics
Robert is an ELA and SAT instructor at Summa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Literature from the University of California Los Angeles and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. He worked at the University of Southern California as a Senior Research Analyst for several years before moving to Vietnam.
Robert Creighton
B.A. American Literature Masters in Public Policy
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