Our Team

Our Team

Vinnie Apicella

Founder & Director

Greetings everyone! Our team is comprised of experienced instructors and education consultants whose main priority is to help students maximize their potential and move forward.

About me: I am originally from New York, and relocated to Beijing in 2011 where I developed a successful education consulting business for a local training center to assist Chinese students to study overseas. Under my guidance, my students have been admitted to many of the top boarding schools like Choate and Deerfield Academy, and universities throughout the world including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, U Chicago, Swarthmore, Cambridge, UCLA, and many others. They will undoubtedly become major contributors to our society before too long.

As important, they’ve gained the necessary critical thinking, analytical, and interpersonal skills to thrive in a demanding overseas academic environment. You see, I’m also a teacher, so I take great pride in following my student’s careers even after we’ve completed our work together.

I am a member of Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), which promotes best practices and quality standards in the consulting industry, and earned a TEFL credential from Bridge Education Group as a certified English teacher. Teaching for more than eight years, I’ve helped young students and adult learners improve their English, speaking, and writing ability.

Today, after acquiring a wealth of experience, forming many valuable relationships in the education industry, and at the urging of many clients-turned-friends, I felt ready to set up a business of my own… and thus, Shanghai EDGE Consulting was born! In the future, I also hope to use my newly released book, Escape from America, as a platform for making a positive impact on society and inspiring others to improve their lives and pursue their passions.

*For details on our use of Best Practices to achieve Best Results, please read my Personal Statement

Vinnie at Choate Rosemary Hall

Vinnie, at right, visits admissions at Choate Rosemary Hall