my resume

nathan s. chow

educate. inspire. empower.

{ experience }

Volunteer Teacher
Maximo Nivel Organization & Pablo Apostol School, Cusco, Peru (July 2012)

  • Designed fun English lessons for a wide range of skill levels, ages 5-17.
  • Participated in a conversation partner program for language practice and cultural exchange with an adult.

Teaching Associate
Citizen Schools at Garfield Middle School, Revere, MA (2010-2012)

  • Taught math, study skills, college awareness, and juggling with a joy factor, a sense of humor, and silly voices—resulting in high student engagement.
  • Designed lessons both from scratch and from pre-set standardized curriculum and presented them on PowerPoint slides and SMART Boards.
  • Co-planned and co-taught apprenticeships with an emphasis on hands-on learning: photography, world cultures, theater, computer programming, solar cars, architecture.
  • Methods for honest communication, teamwork, and co-teaching were mentioned at a summer 2012 training session.
  • Placed special emphasis on character and life lessons using the class motto “Learn, Laugh, Love”—resulting in students winning a high number of character awards in their grade level every semester.
  • Took initiative to start a free English, writing, and math tutoring service for students on weekends.
  • Communicated with families twice a month, often with high contact and approval rates.
  • Developed trusting relationships with students through personalized letters back and forth.
  • Led a class of English Language Learners for a semester (the majority of Garfield students are Latino—and some are non-native English speakers).
  • Thank-you letters from students: “You’re definitely one of my greatest influences in life.” “Your words will always be in my heart forever.”

Teacher Assistant in Media Arts
The English High School, Boston (2008-2009)

  • Advised and mentored students in various realms, including college readiness, college admissions, social skills, and life skills.
  • Guided inner-city students in planning and completing media projects, including videos, websites, and news stories.
  • Thank-you letters from students: “You made me realize strengths I wasn’t aware of and made me comfortable asking questions.” “You are what keeps me going when times get tough.”

Admissions Day and Overnight Host
Boston University Office of Admissions (2007-2009)

  • Accommodated prospective students, acquainted them to college life on a one-on-one basis, and advised them even after enrollment.
  • Launched an independent college blog attracting over 50,000 students and parents worldwide since its inception.
  • Won multiple awards for hosting more than the other 75 volunteers.
  • The Admissions Coordinators: “Our knight in shining armor. A superstar. His presence is so calm and caring.”

Counselor and Media Arts Instructor
Camp Lohikan, Lake Como, PA (2007)

  • Served as a positive role model for campers ages 10-12 while living with them.
  • Organized and directed campers in fun projects for video production.
  • Led a cabin to the 1st Place Prize in the “Night of the Classics” show by fostering friendship and teamwork in the first week of camp.
  • Camper’s sister: “I got to hear all about you. You made an impression.”

{ education }

Boston University: College of Communication (2009)

  • Bachelor of Science in Film & TV, Psychology Minor, 3.9 GPA in School of Education courses
  • Courses related to education: Classroom & Behavior Management, Positive Psychology, Emerging Technologies in Education, Urban Education, Coming of Age
  • Courses related to psychology: Positive Psychology, Personality Psych, Industrial-Organizational Psych, Cognitive Psych, Social Psych, Social Psych—Experimental, Psych of Women (sit-in)
  • Courses related to media and writing: Communication, Creative Writing, Screenwriting, Directing, Acting, Video Production II, Video Post-Production, Film Criticism, The Profane (sex and gender in film), Films of Yasujiro Ozu (with Professor Ray Carney)

Other training

  • SpeakEasy Peer Listening Hotline: Trained in active listening for a confidential hotline; topics included academic stress, roommate skills, social life; special emphasis on protocols for suicide and rape
  • BU Leadership Conference: Workshops in goal-setting, team-building, conflict resolution
  • TESOLS Preparatory Academy: Expected July 2013 certification for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

{ awards & recognitions }

Awards and recognitions at Boston University:

  • For writing: One of four out of 400 freshmen chosen to read their short memoir at the COM Coffee House Reading, 2006
  • For hosting: Multiple awards for hosting more prospective students than anyone else through the BU Admissions Day & Overnight Program, various semesters

Awards and recognitions at Franklin High School:

Clients for tutoring might be particularly interested in my high school background:

  • For English: 730 multiple choice score on SAT II Writing; Outstanding Achievement in English 10 Honors and English 9 Honors
  • For math: 800 on SAT II Math IIC; 5 on AP Calculus BC; Highest Average in Calculus II Honors, Calculus I Honors, AP Statistics, and Algebra II Honors; Association of Math Teachers of NJ Award
  • For video production: Best Scriptwriting (individual, winner); Outside the Box (team, winner); Best Teamwork (team, nominee)
  • Other: Class Rank 3rd of 327; Perfect Attendance for 4 years except for one day; Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar Award

Awards and recognitions at Camp Lohikan:

  • For pageantry: Fourth place team finish and unofficial Ms. Congeniality in the Ms. Lohikan Beauty Pageant, in which girls’ cabins dressed up male counselors (I mean, this counts as a professional recognition, right?)

{ skills }


  • Computers: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, 75 WPM
  • Web Development: web design, XHTML / HTML, CSS, WordPress
  • Web Marketing: all social media, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, SEO
  • Media: Photoshop, photography, video editing, Avid, Final Cut, MovieMaker, iMovie


  • Certified in First Aid and CPR / AED (for adults, children, and infants)


  • Chinese Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin (basic), Spanish (basic)

{ conferences & presentations }

TEDxBU (Boston University, February 2011)

  • Gave a touching but comical TED Talk titled “The Missing Lesson: Character Education”

Boston University Leadership Conference (BU, September 2007)

  • Trained as a student leader in setting goals, building teams, managing people, and resolving conflicts

AMHPS (Anaheim, CA, March 2005)

  • Trained in health awareness and well-being at the yearly conference for Association of Minority Health Professions Schools

{ activities & interests }

  • Academics: reading, writing, learning, teaching, psychology, personal development
  • Visual Arts: film, photography
  • Performing Arts: theater, humor, juggling (former Vice President of BU Juggling Association), salsa dancing (Boston Salsa University)
  • Athletics: soccer, running
  • Culture: travel (especially Latin America), food, ethnic dining, cooking

{ contact me }

I love connecting with people!

Interested in networking with me, asking me something, or hiring me for my freelance services?

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In both my professional and personal life:

Expect much more than the ordinary.

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