Benjamin Orillon is a bilingual American citizen, native to France. He served as the President of the Association of French Schools in North America, an organization of approximately forty-five US and Canadian French-American schools certified to teach the national curriculum of France, from 2006 to 2010.
Since 2013, he has conducted CHF orientations in both French and English in New York City, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Rosa, CA, Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas.
Currently Lower School Head at the French American School of Puget Sound near Seattle, he previously served as Chief Administrative Officer of the Lycée Français de San Francisco, Head of the Lycée Louis Pasteur in Calgary, Canada, Lower School Principal of the International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto, California, and Head of School of the bilingual French-Japanese Kansai French School in Kyoto, Japan.
Passionate about bilingual education, Benjamin earned a BA in Linguistics from University of Rouen in 2004 and holds a teaching degree from Ecole Normale du Var in France. Having also taught at various schools in France and the French International School in Hong Kong, he has extensive experience in international education and language acquisition.
As President of the Cordell Hull Foundation, Marianne Mason has designed and presented orientations in New York, several California cities, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, DC, Dallas and Austin, TX and two dozen other US cities in English and French. She presented J-1 teacher visa orientations in 2009-10 in Paris and Athens on invitation from the Greek and French governments. She has overseen the growth of CHF’s teacher exchange program spanning two decades from 30 to 700 teachers sponsored per year.
She earned a Masters degree in Non-Profit management from New School University in 2005 and a post-graduate certificate from Stanford University for Non-profit leaders in 2008. She speaks French and Spanish.
Her book J-1 Visa Uncloaked–Complete Cultural Training Guide, is available on Amazon.com. It contains the Foundation’s new-teacher orientation materials compiled over a decade of collaborating with professional foreign educators: Orientation Manual, Pre-Arrival guide for exchange teachers, Visa and Immigration Booklets, and Orientation quiz materials in six languages. Version II was updated in 2015, and the third edition is now being edited to reflect the new J-1 teacher regulations implemented in February 2016.
A professional actress, Marianne also performs occasionally in New York theatre, television and web series. She began her career in International Education as a public elementary school French teacher.
William Arthur is an International School principal who has worked in multicultural schools in the UK, Middle East and West Africa and currently U.S.A. He was recently awarded the NPQH-National Professional Qualification for Headship in England from the University of London. William holds a BSc Honors in Biological Sciences from the University of Cape Coast and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge University.
He has presented orientations for the Cordell Hull Foundation in San Diego, Colorado, Arizona and New York City. He has mentored or supervised the mentoring of trainee teachers from Bedford University, Open University, Leicester University, Northampton University, De Montfort University, Greenwich University, and London Metropolitan University–all in the United Kingdom.
In December 2015, the school which he heads was named by the Hanban as the “Confucius Classroom of the Year in the US” and top 10 in the world. He traveled to Shanghai last year to personally receive the award from the Vice Premier of China. He travels extensively in Europe and Asia.
As a Head of School, he provides transformational leadership and as a teacher, he inspires his students to excel, which he also does when he delivers J-1 visa orientations to new teachers sponsored by CHF. It is our honor for William Arthur to represent the Cordell Hull Foundation delivering J1 visa orientations all over the US for cultural exchange teachers who come to the US from over sixty countries to help anticipate challenges they will face and offer solutions for overcoming them, thereby making the most of their exchange experience while in the US.
Susana Ghio served as an educator and administrator in Oregon for eleven years. She has presented CHF orientations to Spanish-speaking teachers in Detroit, Indianapolis, Idaho, Utah, and Oregon. She has also conducted Encuentras for CHF Spanish teachers in mid-year to obtain feedback and offer guidance on teachers’ progress adapting to US culture and the Oregon public school system.
She has narrated three CHF orientation videos in Spanish on the J-1 visa, Culture Shock, and Parent-Teacher Relations, which can be accessed on: www.cordellhull.com/videos
Susana holds certifications in Elementary Education K-8 and Secondary Education, and an Administrator License ESOL/Bilingual Education /Spanish. She worked in the Oregon Public School administration for 11 years, in K-12 Bilingual Ed and as an HR foreign-teacher Recruitment Director. Susana introduced the Oregon Teacher Cadet Program developed by CERRA (Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement) and helped win a state grant to offer a year-round course to students. She served as consultant to PEAT (Professional Educators Advisory Team) and on the team of UMSAAT (Underrepresented and Minority Student Achievement Advisory Team) for the Oregon State DOE.
Betty YU, Ph.D
Dr. Betty Sheng-Huei Yu 于聖惠 was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the US when she was nine years old. She is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese. She has given orientations for new teachers in J-1 visa status for the Cordell Hull Foundation for several years. Currently, she works as an Instructional Specialist for the Metro Nashville Public Schools. She has twelve years of teaching and administrative experience in the K-12 public education system. Also Dr. Yu served four years as Associate Director for the Confucius Institute at Western Kentucky University (WKU).
Dr. Betty Sheng-Huei Yu has a broad educational background including a BS in Economics from Vanderbilt University, Masters in Elementary School Counseling, and Rank I in Supervisor of Instruction and Education Doctorate in the Organizational Leadership strand from Western Kentucky University. She is married to Dr. Dennis Chen, and they have four children.
Born in England and raised in Spain, Carlos Chubb has presented CHF orientations for the past two years in Washington, DC, Indianapolis and New York City. He wrote, designed and implemented two popular Kahoot quizzes into the orientation program on the history of the Foundation, US political structure, and the J-1 visa. When not representing CHF at orientations or on video, he teaches Spanish and coaches Basketball at a private school near Philadelphia.
Prior to coming to the US two years ago in J-1 visa teacher status, he taught English, Science, and Math in Sevilla, Spain. He also served as a parent counselor in a private school in Spain.
You can find a selection of CHF Instruction videos on this website narrated by Carlos in English and Spanish by accessing the following link: www.cordellhull.com/instruction-videos