Carey Fan, Co-Director of Chess Knights Institute
Often noted by his mentors, Mr. Fan is known to be innovative, strategic, and passionate about chess. Who he is today dates back to two fond memories as a child. The first as a 3rd grader when he ran a candy business at school that earned him well over $1000 in one year. The second was while attending Mission San Jose High School in the early 1990s, he discovered his passion for the game of chess! Over the past two decades, Mr. Fan has been playing the game of chess, earning him national ranking merits.
Combining a passion for entrepreneurship with a game all about calculated risk, Mr. Fan is the CEO of ChessKid, the world’s most popular chess education site for children. Prior to ChessKid, Mr. Fan founded several startups, including one of the fastest growing connected car companies in India. Mr. Fan believes that chess taught him skills to understand strategic business risks and understand tactical consequences. Through chess and startup experiences, he became less focused on short-term results and much more appreciative of “the journey.”
Mr. Fan attended UCLA and studied Business Economics. Always an avid learner, he continued his educational journey and earned his MBA from Babson College. There, he served as a mentor for both undergraduate and graduate Babson students who were interested in starting their own companies. Equipping kids with the ability to make sound decisions is one of Mr. Fan’s life missions.
He is excited to partner with Ms. Wong, the Director, and Owner of Mill Creek Academy, working together to engage students through the educational journey of chess that will teach young children lifelong skills.
Ms. Joyce Wong, Co-Director of Chess Knights Institute
“Words are single units, but together they astound the mind, increase creativity, and bridge gaps.” This philosophy is Ms. Wong’s sole purpose for being an educator. She believes in the power of language and desires to motivate and guide students towards discovering the joy of learning as the Owner of Mill Creek Academy.
Energetic, passionate about literature, and personable are qualities that Ms. Wong is well-known for among her student and parent community.
Ms. Wong graduated from the University of California Irvine where she received a double B.A. in English and Psychology, in addition to a double minor in Education and Linguistics. Soon after, she decided to obtain her Master’s degree in Education at UC Berkeley. Ms. Wong also earned her Administrative Credential at San Jose State University. Ms. Wong has been part of the faculty at Mission San Jose High School where she taught 9th and 11th grade Honors and College Prep English from 2003-2013. In Fall 2016, Ms. Wong returned to the classroom at Mission San Jose High School to continue sharing passion for literature with high school students.
While teaching at Mission San Jose High School, Ms. Wong served as Mission’s Peer Counseling teacher, Key Club International advisor, as well as the Freshmen and Senior Class Advisor. She holds a C.L.A.D. (Cultural, Language, and Development) credential and is G.A.T.E certified. During her teaching experience, Ms. Wong also spent a great deal of her time working with students in the fourth to seventh grade level through Clinton’s Academic Literacy Program.
Ms. Wong completed her College Admissions Counseling Certification from the University of California, Los Angeles in November 2015 where she graduated with academic distinction.
Passionate about not only educating students while in their school years, Ms. Wong is committed to assisting students through the college admissions process. During college season, Ms. Wong and her team will review on average of 700 college essay drafts and support submission for hundreds of college applications.
Ms. Wong is a member of the following professional associations:
- Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
- Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)
- Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC)
- National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)
Ms. Wong was named 2003 NUMMI New Promising Teacher of the Year for Fremont and recently received the Dorothy Wright Award for Outstanding High School Teacher from San Jose State University in 2011 and 2012.
An avid learner, Ms. Wong is eager to engage students in all things educational. Having dreamed of starting a chess program for many years, when Ms. Wong met Mr. Fan, the two knew that their collaboration would be the perfect match for an academic, successful, and enriching chess program. It was there that Chess Knights Institute was born. Serving students has and always will be Ms. Wong’s life mission.
During her free time, she can be found writing children books for the elementary school grades, working on scrapbooking memories, and spending quality time with her family and three daughters.