Company overview

 

PREP, based in Austin, Texas, is a premier education service provider for international students. We are an innovator and a leader specialized in K-12 study abroad market. Our unique approach to integrate homestay management, scholastic placement, academic counseling, outdoor adventure and community service helps develop international students to become the next generation of leaders with the character and capacity to impact the world. We are a Christ-centered organization that partners with private Christian schools, local churches and qualified host families to provide international students with an personalized and industry-leading solution to study in the United States.

 

PREP continues to grow every day thanks to the confidence our students and parents have in us. We partner with many private Christian Schools, Christian families and ministries to work tirelessly to help our students to achieve their highest potential.

-Ed Wu, Founder & CEO

 

Vision

Transforming China one student a time

Journey

Mission

PREP provides Christ-centered, professional and trustworthy education services to Chinese students so that they can grow in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:52) to become the next generation of leaders with the character and capacity to impact the world. 

PRep team


We are extremely grateful that we have a team of professionals with passion for education and love of Christ who work tirelessly to provide the industry leading services to our students.

Brent Hoover

Advisor

Brent provides youth development model and training to PREP’s leadership team. He also participates and leads PREP’s outdoor and mission trips. 

Brent has 27 years of cross-cultural experience including seven years of living in Asia. He is fluent in Mandarin.

Out of a passion for building up godly men, Brent designed LeaderTrek, an intensive wilderness leadership experience, and Sports Leadership Camp. He also facilitates healthy life retreats to build experienced leaders.

Brent holds an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton Graduate School and a Master of Divinity from Michigan Theological Seminary.

Brent was raised in California and came to faith in Christ in 1979. He is married to Julie and they have four children. 

Alma Zhang

Advisor 

Alma serves as an advisor to PREP’s leadership team and provides spiritual support to students’ parents in China. She is also responsible for interviewing parents of prospective families.

Alma came to Christ in 2006 and has served in church, youth group and small groups since then. Her focus is on youth development and spiritual growth. She has led and served in youth camp and retreats. She loves to volunteer and has helped “Qingdao Home of Love for children with special needs” to raise fund. She was the classroom mom and PTA president of Baishan School for many years.

Alma graduated from China University of Petroleum and later MBA from Tongji University. She was an executive at Sinopec China and Caltex Oil Corp and eventually founded Qingdao Pushi Petrifaction Co. Ltd.

 

Ed Wu

Founder & CEO

Ed has 20+ years of professional management experience including Sales Manager at Procter & Gamble China and Marketing Director at Dell, responsible for the global eCommerce optimization of dell.com. His professional expertise is in digital analytics and he served as a board member of the Digital Analytics Association.

Ed holds a B.A. from Peking University in China and an MBA from the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan.

Ed resides in Austin with his wife and they have a daughter and a son – as well as the many children God has given them through PREP. 

Priscilla Zhong

CFO

Priscilla joined PREP in 2015 and has been fundamental in establishing a close relationship with our students and parents. She oversees students’ academic and extra-curricular development, advises on college application, and serves as the warm-hearted, loving A-Yi in PREP.

Priscilla graduated from Peking University with a degree in Finance and earned an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional expertise is in pricing analysis and strategy. She had significant leadership roles at both P&G China and Dell Global. 

 

Heidi Zhang

Student Advisor

Heidi wears many hats at PREP.  She evaluates the English fluency and fit of student applicants. She designs and leads the PREP outdoor and community service projects. She also oversees visual designs of PREP publication materials on marketing platforms such as WeChat.

Heidi graduated from University of Texas at Austin, with a Master degree in Education. She currently lives in Boulder, CO with her husband.

Leanne Chen

Student Advisor

Leanne had been an ESL teacher in a public middle school in China for ten years and had worked in an international education Inc in Bay Area, CA as a professional educational consultant. Her qualification includes more than ten years of experience in ESL/TEFL lesson plans and curriculum development, classroom management, educational consulting service for Chinese and international students. 

Leanne came to Christ in 2010 and has served in church, youth group and YMCA in China since then. She once went to Ningxia province as a countryside support teacher in 2012.

Maggie Qiu

Student Advisor

Maggie graduated from Gordon College in Boston, MA. She currently lives in Boston.

Cathe Clary

Student Advocate

Cathe serves in the role of Student Advocate.

She will be reaching out to the community to recruit host families. She will provide families and students with training, support and encouragement. It is her desire to be an equipping influence in the lives of the students both spiritually and academically as opportunities allow.

Cathe and her husband pastor a church in east Austin and they have a huge family with many children.

Emily Everswick

Student Advocate

Emily has over 24 years experience in ministry and teaching and currently teaches at Regents School of Austin.

She and her husband work and serve together at Hill Country Bible Church. Together they have loved periodically hosting students from around the world in their home over the last 20 years.

Emily and her husband have lived and served in China, the United Arab Emirates, Guatemala, and in the United States.

In addition to serve PREP student, Emily also loves writing and highlighting stories of how God is working through Premier Education.

Valerie Spradling

Student Advocate

Valerie serves in the role of Student Advocate.

She will be reaching out to the community to recruit host families. She will provide families and students with training, support and encouragement. It is her desire to be an equipping influence in the lives of the students both spiritually and academically as opportunities allow.

Why us

There are many agents in the USA to serve international students in different capacity. We are not the oldest, nor the biggest. We are here to create a unique and premier education experience and offer parents and students a service that they can trust. In our definition, such experience and service should meet the following criteria:

01

A Family experience

When your son or daughter joins PREP, they are joining a family, not just a program. A program provides basic structure, but a family provides love, protection and guidance that an adolescence teenager needs so much during the critical years of transitioning from a youth to an adult.

All of our host families are faithful Christian families, who joining us for the same mission to love and teach our students. As parents, you can be assured that your son or daughter is in good hands.

02

A true American experience

It’s obvious that you wanted your child to have a true American experience when you sent him off. Somehow they ended up with a school full of Chinese students and still speak English with heavy Chinese accent after graduating from high school, if they graduate.

That’s not OK with us. At PREP, we want your child to have a true American experience both in school and outside of school. All of our partner schools commit not to have more than 10% international students population at each grade. Outside of school, our students live with American families, eat American food and immerse them into American culture. Isn’t this what you want your child to have?

 

03

An Adventure experience

Life is a journey and when your child joins PREP, they are joining an exciting adventure. They will be challenged to set a goal for themselves and they will be held accountable. They will be asked to step out of their comfort zone and go to explore the unknown. They will be led to the wilderness where they can forget about their electronics and rediscover the beauty of creation and nature. They will join our mission and service trips when they can serve others in need and practice compassion and love.

When your child graduates out of PREP, they will be confident, responsible and mature young man and woman. They are ready to go where God leads them to, and live a life with purpose and joy.

company history

PREP started in 2014, when Ed saw this new wave of young students flooding into United States, he realized this is not only a business opportunity, but also a ministry opportunity. “Parachute kids” can get into jail if left all by themselves alone or can grow into next generation leaders of China with the right support, love and care.

Since then, PREP has been at the far front of study abroad industry especially in the K-12 space. We are proud of being the innovator of establishing a Christian homestay model and we are very grateful for all of our partners who choose to work closely with us.

2020

hope

Due to the pandemic, we had to chancel our winter camp and no-fear camp. Most of our students stayed with their host families through the summer. Our students contributed so much to the community through online concert, miles for life, face shield project etc. We had our largest graduation class ever and sent 10 students to colleges. 

2019

do right things

This year we focused on “Do Right Things”, in words and in deeds. 

Ed visited Chattanooga Christian School and by the fall, we had our first student outside of Austin Texas.

PREP moved No-Fear Camp to Colorado and Wyoming. 

Bowen and Tom graduated and went to Indiana University and Vanderbilt University respectively.

2018

 
Do little things

Continue the theme of “Do hard things”, this year we want to focus on “Little Things” that matter. We believe if we do little things that matter, great things happen. If we do little things consistently, our lives will be transformed! 

PREP started No-Fear Camp in California, a two-weeks adventure experience for Chinese students.

Abby, David and Tony graduated and sent to UT Austin, Rice and Purdue respectively.

2017

do hard things

There is growing pain…there is trials and tribulations…there is accusation and threat…we had it all! But going through all of those, we were constantly reminded that God is still in control and without Him, we can’t do anything. This was the year we did hard things and our students and parents also embraced the idea.

PREP had our first graduated student, Alan who went to University of California, Irvine. 

2016

 
growing

God continues to bless our ministry. We had the first hire in company history in April – Vickie Scully joined us as the Director of Student Success. We had more schools to partner and doubled our student enrollment. We hired more team members. Most importantly, all of our students are placed in strong Christian families.

PREP started Winter Camp program, a two-weeks experience for visiting Chinese students.

2015

experimenting

With more students coming, we continue to experiment the best way to serve them. God brought more Christian schools and families to partner with us. Priscilla joined us as the full time PREP “mom”.

2014

start

Out of nowhere, we had the first two students and then another three. We hosted the first two students at our own home to understand what it takes to provide for them.

2013

dream

This was when Ed saw the changes in the industry and he had the dream of becoming the premier education service provider to the young Chinese students and their families and share gospel with them in that process.

2004

Saved

We were saved at University of Michigan, first day after my graduation ceremony. God turned our lives around through a campus minister and planted the seed for PREP.

2002

journey

Ed and Priscilla came to the US.

PREP is a non-denominational Christian business, called to share the love of Christ with international students. 

We are broadly evangelical and we accept WEA (World Evangelical Alliance) statement of faith.

Statement of faith

We believe
…in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct…

One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…

Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory…

The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit…

The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ…

The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ…

The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; that they are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

As a Christian business, PREP partners with a wide range of Christian schools, churches and families who accept the above statement of faith. We encourage our partners to focus on Jesus Christ when working with our students so that they can have the basic but solid understanding of Salvation and Christian living.

“in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”