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Edward R. Boudreau
5091 10th Avenue NE #212
Keizer, Oregon 97303
• Fifteen years teaching, tutoring
• Fifteen years in U.S. corporate sector prior to China
• Widely published journalist, author
• Award-winning creative director
Synergy Educational Services LLC (08/2011-current) Founder of editorial and college advisory consultancy. Clients admitted to Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Northwestern, PENN, UCLA, USC, University of Chicago, UT-Austin, many other schools. Taught English at Shanghai International Studies University, WPP School of Marketing & Communications. Currently tutoring English, IBDP English, Economics, Theory of Knowledge; also, SAT, TOEFL, IBDP exam prep.
Shanghai Pinghe School (07/2007-07/2011) Taught/tutored IB Economics, Theory of Knowledge, EE, TOK Essays. Wrote three-year Economics curriculum, concurrent HL/SL teaching methodology. Established IBO Academic Honesty program; wrote Standardized Citation guidelines. Informal college advisor. 2010 students achieved highest IBDP Economics exam scores in history of school. Best Foreign Teacher Award, 2009-2010.
Shanghai High School International Division (08/2005-07/2007) Taught English, IBDP Economics, Theory of Knowledge. Informal college advisor. Columnist for China Daily weekly, Shanghai Star.
Shanghai University of Finance & Economics (08/2004-07/2005) Taught Western Culture, Spoken English. Advised students regarding U.S., Canadian, U.K. grad schools. Freelance writer-editor; corrected student, faculty papers, manuscripts.
Southern New Hampshire University (09/2003-08/2004) Earned M.Sc. in Development Economics. Wrote medical training updates. Matriculated with distinction; 2nd in class.
Freelance writer in Boston (08/2002-08/2003) Published commentaries, articles; continued drafting book manuscript. Tended bar part-time.
Penton Audio USA (Ontario, CA; 08/2001-07/2002) Manager, West Coast Operations, for Taiwan-based manufacturer of sound systems. Began first book manuscript.
Cowley Associates, Inc. Advertising (Syracuse, NY; 01/1999-04/2001) Director, Strategic Planning & Business Development: Researched, wrote strategic plans, responses to RFPs; account management. Proposals won over $1.5 million in new business.
Yilo Krobo Integrated Development Association (Somanya, Ghana; 09/1995-12/1997)
General Manager: As U.S. Peace Corps Development Advisor to Yilo Krobo Traditional Council of Chiefs, established indigenous NGO for ecotourism, related micro-enterprise development. Wrote strategic plan, needs analysis, feature articles, press releases, funding proposals. Built ecotourism facility. Guided 526 tourists on deep bush treks, overnights, arts/crafts tours. Earned 1997 annual awards from Ghana Ministry of Tourism, Ghana Tourist Board.
Eastman Kodak Company (Billerica, MA; 01/1994-07/1995) Director, Corporate Communications: Managed strategic communications: public relations, advertising, sales promotion and support, technical documentation. Earned Potlatch Award of Excellence for corporate marketing materials. Achieved 37 feature articles, over 100 editorial mentions. Restored Kodak Electronic Printing Systems to forefront of graphic arts.
Communications Technology: Strategies (Boston, MA; 08/1989-01/1994) Consultant, freelance journalist: Market research, public relations, strategic communications. Contributing Editor for Computer Artist, Color Publishing; published in Advertising Age's Creativity, Business Marketing, Food & Beverage Marketing, Step-by-Step Graphics, etc. Co-founder and public relations officer, Theatre Company of Cambridge.
Scitex Corporation Ltd. (Herzlia, Israel; 02/1985-07/1989) Israel: Manager, Corporate Marketing Communications: Managed international marcomms:: unified, worldwide corporate ID; network, telecomms product introductions; media relations; advertising. Authored annual report, video scripts, marcomm materials. Centralized design and production of sales/marketing collateral, saving $250,000 per year in creative/printing costs. Bedford, MA: Promotions Manager: Managed all sales promotion and support efforts: direct marketing; advertising planning/scheduling; trade shows, product/special promotions. Authored feature articles; managed PR program, including agency of record; senior marcomm copywriter.
Dichten Associates (Boston, MA; 11/1982-02/1985) Graphic arts consultants: Copywriter, editorial production specialist. Formed, managed creative teams.
1977: graduated Boston College: B.A. summa cum laude, Philosophy
1977-1978: Augsburger Volkshochschule: German language study
1981-1983: Northeastern University: evening graphic arts program
1992-1993: Harvard University: Marketing Management, Global Marketing
2003-2004: Southern New Hampshire University: M.Sc., Development Economics
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____________________________________________________________________Interests, Hobbies, Activities
* Racquet sports (racquetball, squash, tennis)
* Reading (science, history, current affairs)
* Camping, fishing, sailing
“Synergy Educational Services helped me earn admission to 18 elite schools around the world including Duke, PENN, and UC Berkeley in the U.S., as well as U of Cambridge in England and McGill U in Canada. Over the course of 1.5 years, Synergy also helped me to improve my English. I eventually earned a 7, the highest score, in IBDP English A, and raised my SAT score 110 points.”
-- Michael Li, University of Cambridge
“I cannot thank Synergy Educational Services enough for all their kindness, help and guidance. Quite simply put, I owe my academic career to Synergy.”
-- Nancy Zhang, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
“Of course you can use my name! I don't think that I could get this offer from Cornell without your advice and assistance. I will be very glad if more people are your clients and go to good schools with your help.”
-- Jin Ye, Cornell University
I went to Synergy Educational Services for advice when I was applying to universities in the U.S. Synergy helped write outstanding college recommendations that are customized for each student and personalized for each college. And Ned helped me maximize scores on required IB essays even before I graduated high school. I give Synergy my highest recommendation.
-- Irene Li, New York University
“Synergy Educational Services definitely gave me helpful feedback and instructions on how to write a killer personal statement. The feedback I got was personal, really detailed, and my true voice really shone through!”
-- Yiping He, Carnegie Mellon University
“You can’t find such great service and wonderful experience in any other agency. I have become more independent than before my year-long cooperation with Synergy Educational Services. One thing is for sure, I wouldn’t have received admission to the University of British Columbia and other elite schools, if Ned hadn’t helped me and pushed me to pursue my dream. UBC was my first choice. Yes, once we argued, we had conflicts. But Ned also helped foster good work habits and personal etiquette that are beneficial to my whole life. And I really appreciate that.”
-- Shen Wenjie, University of British Columbia
Synergy clients admitted to:
U Chicago #3
Washington U St. Louis #19
UC Berkeley #22
Carnegie Mellon #25
U of Michigan #27
U of Rochester #33
William and Mary #32
Georgia Tech #35
Boston College #38
UC San Diego #41
U of Illinois-UC #46
U of Texas-Austin #49
+ other Top 100 schools
+ colleges: Amherst #2, Wellesley #3, Pomona #7 , + others
+ McGill, UBC, U of Toronto
+ University of Cambridge, Imperial College, King’s College
Based on U.S. News & World Report 2018
Synergy clients accepted to grad schools:
UBC #2 Canada, M.J.: Shen Wenjie 沈雯洁
Columbia #3, M.Sc. Auto Eng: Li Lingrui 李林瑞
Cornell #16, M.Sc. Enviro Eng: Jin Ye 金叶
USC #22, M.Sc. EE: Xu Dan 徐丹
NYU #30, M.Sc. Systems Engineering: Lu Xinyi
University of Rochester #33, M.Ed.: He Wenlin 何雯琳
William and Mary #34, M.Sc. Accounting He Yuan 何元
Brandeis #35, MSF: Song Linlin 宋林林
Texas-Austin, #49, M.Sc. Mech Eng: Cheng Shan 程珊
Illinois Insti. of Tech. #96, M.Sc., Yange Liang 梁燕歌
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