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The Chinese Education Connection benefits from an extensive network of educators and government officials both in the United States and China. These relationships benefit our clients on both sides of the Pacific, enabling educators to partner with schools and peers from the other country.


Through CEC efforts, the Superintendent of Public Instruction from the Indiana Department of Education has been able to establish a partnership through a memorandum of understanding with the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education. SPI Glenda Ritz visited Zhejiang in the fall of 2013, with the Deputy Director General of the Zhejiang DOE making a reciprocal visit in December of 2014. CEC continues to consult with the Indiana DOE.


Other relationships include personnel in the People’s Government in Beijing as well as a number of NGO’s and nonprofits in Indiana and in Washington, D.C. These include Global Indiana, the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel, and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Perhaps most importantly, CEC has a strong relationship with Kappa Delta Pi: International Honor Society in Education. CEC offices are located in the KDP international headquarters building, and we rely on this organization to help us identify quality candidates for placement in Chinese schools. We rely on the KDP facilities to serve as our overseas training base for Chinese educators and on KDP personnel to help us identify science-based pedagogical practices so our clients can be informed of the latest educational theories and best practices.

Jessica Yu, President
Phil Boley, Vice President
Linda Lawrence, Chief of Operations

Jia Yu (Jessica Yu) was born and raised in Tianjin, China, a large city about 40 miles southeast of Beijing. One of two daughters of her teacher father and pediatrician mother, Jessica graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Tianjin University. Jessica and her husband, Simon Chen, came to the United States in 2001 when he began his doctoral studies at the University of Virginia. Jessica also attended UVA and earned her second bachelor’s degree in accounting from McIntire school of Commerce.

Jessica founded the Chinese Education Connection in 2010. Her first trip to China with teachers and students was with Westlane Middle School during that summer. Since then, CEC has hosted hundreds of principals and students in Indiana, and has taken nearly as many Hoosier educators to China.

Phil Boley spent thirty-seven years in public education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. He has his bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees from Indiana University. He became interested in international education while principal at Greenfield-Central High School, which at that time had three international partnerships. Phil is a former member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals “Partnerships International” committee, a position from which he was tapped to serve on several committees for the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel. After having served as chair of the evaluation committee for CSIET, he was elected to the board of directors on which he served for six years.

Phil is the co-founder and former executive director of Global Indiana: A Consortium for International Exchange. He consulted with Jessica Yu as she was forming her organization, and went to work with her when he resigned from Global Indiana in the autumn of 2013.

Linda graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science.  She earned her Master’s Degree at Indiana University.  Her administrative degree was earned at Indiana University.  Post graduate work was completed at the University of Illinois.  Linda taught for fifteen years and was a school administrator for twenty-eight years, twenty-one as a middle school principal.  Linda has been involved in International Partnerships for fourteen years.  "Decisions are always made in the best interest of children" has been her philosophy since she began her career.

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