MA/MBA Student Profiles

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Zifan, Mike, Emily, and Michael at Columbia Business School - Spring 2017.

MA/MBA 2018

Emily Carton has taught and served as academic dean since 2013 at Olney Friends School, a co-ed boarding 9-12 in Barnesville, Ohio. Before that, she worked for a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm that operates two charter schools. Emily graduated with honors from Haverford College, where she studied ethics and the formation of intentional ethical communities. Emily was able to further explore these interests at Olney, where she conceived and implemented a self-paced, mastery-based curriculum that places greater responsibility in the hands of students.  

Michael Hardiman has taught IB language and literature since 2012 in the upper school at Windermere Preparatory School, a co-ed day and boarding K-12 in Windermere, Florida.  He has also taught English at Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Massachusetts and worked for two years as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Michael is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and an alumnus of Holderness School.

Michael Schub taught IB Literature and Language & Literature between 2012 and 2014 at Gyeonggi Academy of Foreign Languages, a coed boarding school 10-12 in Uiwang, South Korea. Following that experience, he wrote assessments for an Ed Tech startup and tutored ESL students in New York and worked in communications in Washington, D.C. Michael graduated Brown University with a double concentration in English and International Relations. 

Zifan Yang has taught math and English through K&B Schools (aka Kaplan China) since 2013 at #7 Yucai Middle School (public school for grades 7-9), #7 High School Gaoxin Campus (public school for grades 10-12), and Chengdu Foreign Languages School (K-12 private boarding school) all in Chengdu, the Southwest Chinese city renowned for being home to the pandas. Educated as an engineer and economist during undergrad, he also taught magnet school classes on Saturdays for half of his college years.

MA/MBA 2017


Daniel (Dan) Dixon 
taught from 2010-2012 at St. John Vianney Catholic School, a co-ed, day, PK-8 school in Goodyear, Arizona. In 2012, he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), where he is currently in formation to become a Catholic priest. He has taught GED courses to men and women on probation in St. Paul, Minnesota and English language learners at St. Rita’s Immigration Center in the Bronx. Dan completed the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program in 2012, where he earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Notre Dame. Dan is currently enrolled in Columbia Business School in the MBA portion of the dual-degree program. 

Edward (Ted) Ogden 
taught English and American studies from 2007-2015 at Landon School, an all-boys 3-12 day school in Bethesda, Maryland. From 2000-2006, he taught English and history and served as sixth-grade dean at his alma mater, Brunswick School, an all-boys day school in Greenwich, Connecticut. Ted earned his B.A. from Middlebury College in 1999 and A.M. from The University of Chicago in 2007. He is also studying at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. 

Jeannie Rumsey graduated from the two-summers master's program in 2015 while teaching mathematics at The Madeira School, an all-girls boarding and day school in McLean, VA. After graduation, she relocated to New York City and is  pursing the MBA portion of her dual degree at Columbia Business School.  She also taught math and coached cross country and squash for four years at Pomfret School, a co-ed boarding and day school in Pomfret, CT. Jeannie graduated with a B.S. in mathematics and economics from Haverford College and completed a master’s of mathematics for educators at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Naheema Walji completed her MBA at INSEAD in France and returned to the Klingenstein cohort in the spring of 2017. Since 2012 she has been a member of the senior management team at Newton Prep, a co-ed prep day school for children aged 3-13 founded by her father in London, England. As a volunteer, Naheema taught grade 12 students in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for two years in a weekly program focused on faith, intellectual curiosity, humility, fortitude and a passion for discovery and learning. Naheema holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in law and by profession is an international finance lawyer. Since 2005 Naheema has worked in private practice in London, Bangkok and Calgary and has several years experience in mentoring.

MA/MBA 2016

Colin McWilliams completed his MBA at Columbia Business School in December as part of the MA/MBA dual degree program.  He rejoined the Klingenstein cohort in the spring. He taught all levels of Spanish for three years at The Linsly School, a co-ed day/boarding school in Wheeling, West Virginia. Outside of the classroom, Colin was an assistant in the admissions office and coached basketball and soccer. Born and raised in Hagerstown, Maryland, Colin attended St. James School before going on to receive his B.A. in Spanish along with a concentration in pre-medicine from Davidson College in 2011. 

Alexander (Xander) Subashi completed his MBA at Columbia Business School in December as part of the MA/MBA dual degree program.  He rejoined the Klingenstein cohort in the spring. He spent five years at Episcopal High School, a co-ed day school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he helped to create its center for service learning and was the director of service learning for two years. He has also served as a college counselor, taught Latin and coached varsity soccer. Xander was a lifer at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Haverford College in 2009.

Nathaniel (Nate) Whitman completed his MBA at Columbia Business School in December as part of the MA/MBA dual degree program. He rejoined the Klingenstein cohort in the spring. He has taught for eleven years, most recently for four years at Sandy Spring Friends School, a co-ed day and boarding school in Sandy Spring, Maryland. There, he served as the mathematics department head, junior class dean and director of outdoor education. He was also a varsity soccer assistant coach, varsity rock climbing coach and softball head coach. Nate earned his B.A. from the University of Richmond and his M.A. from St. John’s College.

Alexander (Alex) Zarganis 
completed his MBA at Columbia Business School in December as part of the MA/MBA dual degree program. He rejoined the Klingenstein cohort in the spring. He graduated from UC Davis in 2001 (economics) and he has spent the majority of the past decade living and working as an educational consultant in Poland. In his free time, Alex works as an NCAA football referee. 

 

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