Winmar Way, Ph.D
Head of School
EOS’s Head of School, Winmar Way, holds a PhD in Comparative and International Education from UCLA. Her research focus was on cross-cultural adaptation and learning strategies of immigrant and refugee children who have moved across educational system, especially the ways that these students use state- and community-sponsored educational programs to succeed academically; thus, she has extensive experience investigating the ways that both formal and non-formal school settings benefit children in disadvantaged settings. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an Operations Associate at DonorsChoose.org, an online philanthropy platform that connects public school teachers with citizens who can choose to fund requests for materials and field trips. Thus, she draws upon this experience working in an online school organization environment in her work at EOS. Winmar also holds an MA in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and a BA in Psychology from Harvard College. She is a member of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
Rina Park, M.Ed
Vice Principal & Registrar
Rina Park is EOS’s Vice Principal and Registrar. She has been interested in and working for the education system since her high school years. She started her journey by interning as an assistant curriculum developer for the high school enrichment program, School-Connect, and also took part in creating the speech and debate curriculum for middle school students at Elite Prep. On top of curriculum development, she was also involved with a local non-profit organization, Team Kids, which focuses on empowering young students to be leaders in their schools and communities. She is currently the coordinator for the International Academic Competition at the non-profit organization, Center for Future Global Leaders and is a member of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Rina has a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior, with a minor in Education, from University of California, Irvine, and a M.Ed. with a focus on Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.
Head Debate Coach
A graduate of UC Irvine who debated for 3 years at the University level, competing at over 40 state and national tournaments. Placed 4th in Lincoln Douglas Debate in California and 10th at the national level in Parliamentary Debate. He has coached for 10 years, leading many middle and high school students to achieve state and national rankings. Former students accepted to Harvard, Stanford, UCB, and UCLA.
“I believe it is vital for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively, regardless of what your future education and career goals may be.”
In his free time Joe enjoys staying physically active and studying business and philosophy. One of his personal goals is to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a different country each year.
Tufts University • UC San Diego
J. Patrick Park,
J. Patrick Park has been an innovator and leader in the education since 1987 with the founding of Elite Educational Institute, the first college prep education company in the United States. Since then he has lead the company to over 50 education centers in 6 countries around the world serving tens of thousands of K-12 students per year. Most recently, he is again on the vanguard of education, founding the Elite Nextgen School of Creative Arts and of course Elite Open School as a part of his vision to bring creativity, critical thinking, and pursuit of passions to the developing lives of young people. It is his hope to equip future generations with the skills and tools of tomorrow for lifelong success, while providing families with trustworthy education choices today.