Our Team

At LPS, we know that the quality of instruction plays a key role in a student’s individual academic success, and that excellent teachers motivate students to strive for excellence. Our highly skilled and experienced professional faculty takes an active interest in both developing dynamic curricular materials, and meeting the unique needs of international students.

Our teachers:

  • Hold advanced professional degrees from elite U.S. universities, including Harvard, MIT, Boston College, and the University of Texas
  • Communicate passion for their subject matter
  • Engage students with highly interactive teaching methods
  • Have demonstrated success teaching international students and non-native speakers of English
  • Enjoy helping adolescents reach their educational goals
Dr. Kim Winsor

Dr. Kim Winsor

Director of LPS

Dr. Kim Winsor earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Gordon College and her Master’s Degree and Doctorate at Boston University.  She started at LCA in 1980 and has served in a variety of roles including librarian and teacher of grades 6-12 before joining the administrative team.  The Cultivating Inquiry program began as a result of her doctoral work.  Dr. Winsor is an avid reader and is frequently invited to speak at conferences and conventions. Her professional interests include faith-infused learning, literacy, school leadership and curriculum.

 

Sam Jwa

Sam Jwa

SAT Math Instructor

Mr. Jwa has a strong interest in developmental mathematics. He obtained his M.A. Degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught advanced Calculus, Business Calculus, and Algebra for three years. He also earned his M.S. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UT Austin, and a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. His work experience includes computer programming and mathematical applications at Samsung in Seoul, Korea, and the Air Force Research Lab in Dayton, OH. He has been applying his problem solving skills to help many students succeed in SAT, SAT2 Math, Calculus AB/BC, etc. He truly loves mathematics and loves to help students with this beautiful subject.

Sam is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio State University.

M.A., Mathematics, University of Texas

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Yonsei University 

Nancy Nies

Nancy Nies

SAT / SSAT Reading and Writing

Having taught for over 20 years at the university level, Nancy is known for her skill at recognizing what a student needs to achieve success. Her students describe her as someone who builds their confidence and skills in a patient and nurturing way. They say that her standards are high, but she makes sure they get there! When she works with a student, she is 100% engaged with them as a person, matching what she teaches to what is needed.  She has been tutoring for over 30 years, has trained teachers in the teaching of English, and has ten years of advanced graduate study.

M.A., English, Brandeis University

B.A., English with Honors, Trinity College

Denise Frame Harlan

Denise Frame Harlan

Writing/College Essay Instructor

During the school year, Denise Frame Harlan teaches The Great Conversation: Gordon College’s first-year writing course. In addition, Denise helps high school students to develop powerful, clear college application essays, and she coaches students through the English portions of the SAT. Denise’s story “Smoke Rings” won an honorable mention in Ruminate Magazine’s 2013 nonfiction contest, and she won the 2011 culinary writing fellowship from Dairy Hollow Writers. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University.

George McKibbens

George McKibbens

SAT / SSAT / TOEFL Instructor

 

During the school year, Mr. Kibbens teaches History and English at a prominent private boarding school in Connecticut.  He has prepared students to take the TOEFL for years while living in China and he also has taught ESL one-on-one and in groups.  Mr. Kibbens enjoys meeting new students from different countries exploring the differences and similarities in everyone’s culture.  He also loves to incorporate world events into his lessons to help students understand the nuances in English writing.

Dave Murray

Dave Murray

SSAT and SAT Test Prep Instructor

Mr. Murray holds a B.A. in English, Magna Cum Laude and a Masters in Education degree.  He has taught English for over 20 years with Malden Catholic High School.  In addition, he has many years of experience prepping students for the SSAT, SAT and AP Englishing Language & Composition exams.  Mr. Murray is also an adjunct professor with the University of Phoenix and Eastern Nazarene College teaching Composition, Communication and Writing courses.  Under his tutelage, many students have achieved perfect scores on the SAT writing and ACT writing.