Chris Goodmacher transferred to Dartmouth College, where he was a writing tutor, and is currently a guest lecturer on transfer students for a master’s-level class at Columbia University’s school of education. He is quoted several times in Cal Newport’s book, How to Become a Straight-A Student, and he has published on philosophy (morality and world poverty) and is a peer reviewer for the Financial Analysts Journal. Chris holds graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford University. He is from California and now lives in New York, where he helps interview applicants for Dartmouth.

Lan Ngo transferred to Stanford University, where she majored in economics and won the U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad. After studying and teaching abroad, she earned a Master’s from Columbia University, where she specialized in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and received several scholarships. She is a Ph.D. student and research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She has given a number of presentations on TESOL and has authored several academic articles. She previously taught English to international students at an East Coast boarding school, worked in Columbia University’s school of education office of admissions, taught an advanced writing course at UPenn, and won the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese in Beijing. She is also from California and now lives in Philadelphia.

Chris and Lan co-wrote The Transfer Book and co-founded

Susan Goldstein received her Master’s in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from St. Joseph’s College, where she was the valedictorian of her graduating class. She has presented at several TESOL conferences, and co-authored academic articles focused on supporting the academic achievement of English Language Learners (ELLs). Currently, Susan teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) in the Port Washington School District where she also advises high school students on college admissions, and is studying in Stony Brook University’s Advanced Graduate Educational Leadership program.

Alyssa Rome received her Master of Arts degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature with a minor in Jewish Studies from University of Maryland – College Park, where she graduated Cum Laude and was the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award in English. Currently, Alyssa works full-time at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where she serves as a Program Coordinator for two graduate programs, the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy and the MS in Sustainability Management. Alyssa began work on her second Master’s degree in the field of Higher Education this fall at Teachers College.