Lan Ngo graduated from Stanford University, where she majored in economics and won the U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad. After working abroad, she received a master’s from Columbia University, where she specialized in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and received several scholarships. She is currently a Ph.D. student and research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education where she also serves as the project manager of a multi-year ethnographic study. She has given a number of presentations on TESOL and literacy 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 from California and now lives in Philadelphia. Lan loves traveling!