Esther Lee

Some people want to make the world a better place. Esther is one of those people—but she’s also spent years of her life abroad, in the field of education, actually doing it.

Originally from Chicago, Esther attended Emory University for undergrad. She spent her freshman summer in India serving underprivileged youth in Mumbai, before returning to Atlanta to pursue a double degree in International Studies and African Studies. Following college, she was a political activist in Atlanta and worked as a field manager on the Georgia governor and state legislature campaigns.

Next, Esther moved to South Korea to teach at an academy in Gangnam, one of Seoul’s most competitive education districts. Critical of compulsory schooling, of the perceived divide between the teen years and adulthood, she began developing alternative curriculum – and taught it – to the delight of her beleaguered South Korean students. She also advocates for North Korean refugee rights and is still working to secure several partnerships for a private boarding school that serves North Korean escapees.

She brought this same passion to her role with Admissionado in 2013 based in China, where she revitalized a curriculum at an elite high school, also teaching it based in Chengdu. Today Esther is back in Chicago with Admissionado, where she continues to make the world a better place, at every step of the way.

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