Hale Educational Consultants are graduates of top US and Canadian universities and experts in the application process. They are deeply familiar with the challenges and concerns that face students and families applying from overseas. We are the gold standard in North American college admissions, and your success is our priority.
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Education Consultant (Dubai)
Luca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Villanova University where he attended on a full athletic scholarship. As a student, Luca achieved Dean’s List every semester and earned the Big East All-Academic Awards during his last three years. He is currently completing his Master of Arts in Education at Eastern University.
Luca grew up playing for Manchester United’s soccer academy in England before he was recruited to the United States by the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Soccer team. After one year at Pitt, he transferred to Villanova University where he graduated as captain of the soccer team. Luca is currently serving as an assistant coach for Eastern University Men’s Soccer while working with Hale to support and advise student-athletes.
Irish Clare Tolcidas
Assistant to the CEO
Irish was born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of San Carlos, where she worked towards a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. While there, she was appointed as the Secretary of the Accounting Department's student organization as well as the President of her class. In the pursuit of her dreams, she decided to move abroad at the age of 17 and expand her professional goals. She is now on a journey towards becoming an official ACCA member and receiving her Bachelor's degree from Oxford University.
Hamsija was born and raised in Palawan, Philippines. She spent her college years at Palawan State University-main campus where she graduated with a business administration degree in economics. Following one of her dreams to work abroad, Hamsija went to Manila (the capital of the Philippines) right after her graduation and worked as an administrative staff in different companies for three years before moving to Dubai.
Kate hails from the northwestern part of the Philippines, La Union but is currently residing with her family in La Trinidad, Benguet. She finished an associate degree in Computer Programming at Lorma Colleges while working part time as a service crew. She was an active student leader for the Lorma Colleges Science and Technology Institute. She decided to pursue her dream further and received a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City, at the same time working as an English tutor and volunteering as a research assistant in the same university. She is a TESOL certified licensed professional teacher and licensed psychometrician. She has worked with preschool and special education students and has worked several other jobs including as a virtual assistant before relocating to the U.A.E. Kate is an effective communicator who radiates professionalism and work ethic. She is creative, determined, organized, and a team player who believes in shaping the minds of the youth.
Business Development Associate (Dubai)
Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a Concentration on the Middle East from Louisiana State University. While in university, Alyssa volunteered in Palestine where she taught English and Dance at multiple refugee camps and village schools in and around Nablus. She has also volunteered as a Head Coach with Girls on the Run, a nonprofit girls empowerment program.
Business Development Associate (Dubai)
Dana graduated with Distinction from Concordia University, where she completed a double major in Finance and International Business. While in University, Dana was Head Secretary to the biggest association on her campus - which dealt with all affiliations with the Big Four. She has also won several awards from Oxford’s Printing Press competitions
Co-Director of Test Prep Services
Jeffrey graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics and Languages. After college, he taught English in Lahore, Pakistan for four years where he helped middle school students develop their literacy in English. After returning to the USA, Jeffrey worked 2 years as a Math and Verbal tutor for SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT in New York and New Jersey for a leading international test prep company before making the shift to Dubai. He has scored in the top 99th percentile on both the SAT and ACT. With 10 years of teaching experience , Jeffrey capably and efficiently guides students to achieve their target scores on standardized tests.
Test Preparation Instructor & Education Consultant (Dubai)
Patrick graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and English Literature. While in school, he tutored primary school students in math and literacy. Following graduation, Patrick served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon for three years, teaching English and Information and Communications Technology to secondary school students. He then taught Business and English language curricula, as well as US standardized test prep, at a leading education services company in Hong Kong for a year before joining Hale Education Group. As a high school student, Patrick earned a perfect score on the ACT, scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, and was a National AP Scholar. Additionally, Patrick has scored above the 90th percentile on all three sections of the GRE.
Education Consultant (Dubai)
Angie holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and Russian from Beloit College. She has over 20 years of experience in college admissions, both as an admissions officer and as a counselor. Angie has coached students, families, and professionals in the admissions process, from New York to Singapore, Moscow and Seoul. Angie has worked for three U.S. colleges; spent four years in Russia administering a U.S. Department of State fellowship program; and has worked in Beijing and Shanghai for the last six years.
Educational Consultant (Dubai)
Arienne Calingo obtained her master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also took courses at the Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Divinity School. Arienne went to Georgetown University for her undergraduate studies, where she graduated with a major in Theology and a minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies. While at Harvard, Arienne served as the project lead for developing an open e-learning course on diversity, equity, and inclusion for the UNESCO Chair in Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning. Immediately after graduation, Arienne was a Teaching Fellow for the Center for Asia Leadership and taught a Harvard Business School course entitled “Authentic Leadership Development” to students and business executives in Malaysia, Korea, and China. She has also worked in the Philippines, Thailand, and United States before joining Hale. During her free time, Arienne enjoys writing poetry, volunteering, and watching horror films.
Educational Consultant (Dubai )
Originally from Connecticut, David began his educational journey homeschooling where he had the opportunity to work with tutors and mentors to pursue a robust, educational path tailored to his interests. During this period, David established a connection to East Africa engaging in cultural bridge-building, technological and solar power development, and studying the wildlife and conservation efforts in Tanzania.
David went on to attend Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire for all four years where he started a wildlife conservation club, played three varsity sports as captain of the water polo team, served as a dormitory proctor and peer counselor, participated in the inter-religious community and led Exeter’s community service organization as president, overseeing 70 student-led clubs. As a senior, David received MVP of the water polo team, the Excellence in French and American History prizes, the Wyzanski Prize for ethical impact, the Gifford Pinchot Conservation Prize, and the David M. Bitman Science Prize for genetics research. He held the honor of delivering the opening prayer during commencement for the Class of 2016. Following graduation, David spent the summer in Amman, Jordan studying Arabic and living with a Jordanian family.
David graduated Columbia University (Class of 2020) with degrees in sustainable development and economics. While at Columbia, David played on the club water polo team, was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and studied abroad in Kenya where he participated in research relating to ecosystem conservation, terrestrial paleoecology, and public health. Throughout college, he worked with asset management and hedge fund companies.
David enjoys photography, exploring nature, cultural immersion, and supporting non-profits like the Global Citizens Initiative (GCI) which fosters youth empowerment around the themes of global engagement, design thinking, and ethical leadership.
Education Consultant (Dubai)
Ijaaz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from The University of Chicago, where he was awarded full financial aid. He has previously interned in China and India, guiding over one hundred students through the US college application process. During his college years, Ijaaz also worked with the Office of College Admissions at UChicago and as the Director of Operations of Maroon Tutor Match, a student-run tutoring program serving over 400 students in Chicago.