OUR TEAM

Long Ding, M.Ed
Director
long@belongexperiences.com

A native of Qingdao, China, Long first came to the U.S. in 2006. After graduating high school in his hometown Long spent three months training at the University of Oregon for the China Bowl, an NFL inspired football tournament in Beijing. Already finding success with kicking, Long was recruited by the football coaching staff at New Hampton School, New Hampshire. As a post-graduate at NHS, Long found success on the football field and in the classroom. Long matriculated at Norwich University, where he was a member of the football and rugby teams. An All-American selection his senior year, Long claimed multiple Norwich University football kicking records. Long graduated magna cum laude with a degree in accounting and was offered a chance to try-out with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

 

Long began his career in independent education at Cardigan Mountain School (Canaan, NH.) During his time at CMS, Long worked closely with international students guiding them academically and emotionally. In 2015, Long graduated summa cum laude with a master’s in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction from New England College. Most recently, Long worked at Canterbury School (New Milford, CT) and Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, NJ). Now Long is a faculty and coach at The Pennington School (Pennington, NJ). 

 

A seasoned independent school teacher and coach, Long understands what qualities independent schools look for in their international school applicant pool. Long thrives to educate applicants on the importance of finding the right school for them. He also will help his clients to understand the private school’s culture.

丁龙出生于山东青岛,2006年第一次来美国。在国内高中时期受邀请赴美参加了NFL中国碗在俄勒冈大学举行的为期3个月的美式橄榄球训练。因训练表现出众,之后被美国新汉普顿高中录取。在新汉普顿高中的一年里,丁龙在课堂和球场的表现都非常出众。在就读诺维奇大学中,丁龙主修会计,而且是诺维奇大学美式橄榄球和英式橄榄球校队的主力球员,并入选过美式橄榄球全美最佳球员阵容,打破了诺维奇大学踢球手多项纪录。诺维奇大学后,受邀请参加了NFL美洲豹球队的试训。

丁龙的私立学校工作生涯始于卡迪根山中学。在任职期间,除教课之外,他还主要负责国际生的课程和宿舍协调。2015年,丁龙获得了教育硕士学位,丁龙现在是潘宁顿学校的教师和橄榄球教练。

以自身在私立学校读书的经历和在四所不同的私立高中和初中的工作经验,还有人际关系,丁龙了解美国私立高校的招生标准。他会帮助学生进行1对1的求学规划,使学生能够选择适合自身的美国私立高校和初中。丁龙相信他会对学生和家长提供优异而独特的服务。

Christi Ding
Residential Coordinator
christi@belongexperiences.com

A graduate of The Hill School (Pottstown, Pa), Christi truly appreciates the vast opportunities and experiences provided by a boarding school education. As an admission professional, she recognizes the importance of finding the right fit for each child. Upon graduating from Elon University with a degree in strategic communications and religious studies, Christi began her career at Episcopal High School (Alexandria, VA.) While at EHS, Christi served as the assistant director of communications and field hockey coach.  During the summer of 2014, Christi was a faculty member at Cardigan Mountain Summer Session where she taught organization, study skills, and penmanship. Immediately following, Christi joined the faculty at Canterbury School (New Milford, CT) as the associate director of admission, ninth grade girls' dorm head, and field hockey and lacrosse coach. In July 2017, Christi joined the Lawrenceville School community as Associate Dean of Admission, field hockey coach, and duty master.

 

Christi and Long met while working at Cardigan Mountain Summer Session in 2014. Having spent their entire careers in independent schools, they both personally understand the value of a boarding school education. Christi and Long were married in August 2016 and currently reside in Lawrenceville, NJ, with their dog, Elvis.

 

毕业于希尔私立高中,Christi非常感谢私立学校对她的培育和她自身在私立学校的经历。作为一名招生办工作人员,Christi深知找到一所合适的学校对一个学生的重要性。2010年毕业于埃隆大学后,Christi在佛吉尼亚主教高中担任学校宣传部副主任和曲棍球教练,并开始了她在私立学校的工作生涯。2014年夏天,Christi成为了卡迪根山中学夏令营教师,并担任规划整理,学习技能和书法课老师。夏令营之后,Christi就职于坎特伯雷中学,除担任招生办副主任外,她还担任女生宿舍主管,曲棍球和袋棍球教练。2017年,Christi成为了劳伦斯维尔学校的招生办副主任,宿舍监管员和曲棍球教练。

 

Christi和丁龙在2014卡迪根山中学夏令营相遇。两人大学毕业后一直从事教育事业,并深刻了解私立学校教育对学生的价值。Christi和丁龙在2016年结婚,现在和他们的宠物狗Elvis居住在新泽西。

David J. McCusker, Jr.
Special Advisor

As the beneficiary of a much-appreciated independent school education, having graduated from Cardigan Mountain School in 1980 and St. Paul’s School in 1984, Dave began his professional career following graduation from Dartmouth College in 1988, by returning to Cardigan as a math teacher, coach (football, hockey, baseball), dorm parent, and student advisor. Over the next 29 years, Dave has served five outstanding independent schools in all of the roles previously mentioned, gradually becoming more involved at the administrative and senior leadership level. In 2007, Dave left St. Paul’s School, where he was Director of Development, to become Head of School at Cardigan Mountain School. Ably assisted and supported by his wife, Steff, herself a veteran educator and experienced independent school administrator, and with their two sons in tow, the McCusker family lived, worked, and breathed their “full and rich” Cardigan experience, helping their beloved school grow and prosper. And when it was time for a new chapter after nine gratifying years, and following a glorious six-month sabbatical, Dave has returned to education, this time as Director of Advancement for School Year Abroad (www.sya.org), the foremost study abroad opportunity for American high school students who have the courage, aptitude, and personal conviction to attend a fully accredited school in one of four countries (China, Italy, Spain, and France) for a full year of language training, deep cultural immersion, and expansive personal growth.

作为私立学校教育的受益人,Dave, 1980年毕业于卡迪根山中学,1984年毕业于圣保罗中学,Dave在1988年达特茅斯大学毕业后回到了卡迪根山中学,担任数学老师和美式橄榄球,冰球,棒球教练。并开始了他29年的私立学校工作生涯。在这期间他总共为5所优秀的私立学校工作过,并从教师提升为学校行政人员。2007年Dave离开了圣保罗学校发展部主任一职,成为了卡迪根山中学的校长。在太太Steff (前私立学校行政人员), 两个儿子 (Broodie, Cam) 的照顾和鼓励下,Dave在任期9年的时间里对卡迪根山中学做出了巨大贡献。Dave现任海外学年(www.sya.org) 发展部主任,海外学年是一所针对美国高中生留学海外的一所海外学院 (留学国家: 中国,意大利,西班牙,和法国)。

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