Mr. James Pao has a genuine passion for teaching. In 1999, after scoring in the top 1% of all test-takers of the national GMAT exam (scoring a 750 / 800), he was hired by Kaplan Inc. to teach test preparation classes for graduate school admissions. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Pao was hired as an instructor for San Jose State University in their college readiness program. His love for teaching motivated him to take on these after-hours jobs while continuing to work full-time as a manager for the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) in Silicon Valley, California. To this day, he continues to refine his classroom teaching skills as the lead instructor of both GRE and SAT Test Prep for the Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.
Mr. Pao has many interests, one of which is business, in which he holds both a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master's degree (MBA) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He also has a strong interest in languages, as evidenced by a second Master's degree in French Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Other varied accomplishments include being an investor with over 20 years of stock market investment experience, a real estate investor with a portfolio of rental homes, an experienced leader of Bethel Sozo inner healing methods (both Basic and Advanced), and an advocate of operational efficiency as a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Mr. Pao is a lifelong learner who is committed to combining the knowledge from avid book reading and rich life experiences with his dynamic teaching skills to create powerful, research-based Udemy courses to help his students experience real growth and personal transformation.