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Richard Lai
College Admissions Counselor
English/Language Arts Instructor

Math/Science Instructor


Dartmouth College (B.A. in Economics and Geography, Minor in Quantitative Social Sciences)


Counseling Experience:

Richard has worked with numerous individuals in revising college admissions essays. As a past Gateway student himself and now as a counselor, he appreciates the benefits of the program and loves helping students take full advantage of its resources to yield the best admission outcomes. Richard has also worked at several summer camps, where he assisted a diverse group of age ranges through various enrichment activities. 


Counseling Philosophy:

"I believe authenticity is the most powerful tool a student can have in crafting a powerful application. I encourage all students to take the time and find what truly drives them, as only then can they provide a unique and compelling story."

Teaching Experience:

At Dartmouth, Richard served as a peer tutor for several classes such as Macroeconomics. Richard has also led several years of AP Human Geography prep courses, SAT group prep courses, and entry-level English and Math. Finally, Richard has experience teaching individual lessons, customizing a lesson plan that fits the exact needs of the student.

Educational Philosophy:

Although mastering the content of a subject is highly important, it is also necessary to master how to efficiently learn and retain a true understanding of new concepts. I believe in not only helping students with their subjects, but also embedding transferable study skills that they can take beyond the confines of the classroom"

Interesting Fact:

One of Richard's favorite musical artists is Taylor Swift and he recently saw her perform at the Eras Tour!

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