Bryan Wong  President

Bryan Wong


Welcome to the Global Student Program! We created this firm to utilize our specific knowledge and insights into the education world. Our goal is to help the parents of international students understand American colleges and their options.

In 2003 Bryan was elected by the city of Monrovia, CA to his first term as a Board Member on the Monrovia Unified School District and has been on the Board ever since. He currently serves as the Board President. He is proud to be part of a team that has dramatically improved the quality of education in Monrovia. These improvements can be seen in the creation of the Math and Science Academy, increased test scores, increased admissions to universities and numerous state and national awards.

Prior to creating Global Student Programs, Bryan co-founded a financial advisory firm, which advised municipalities in the issuance of bonds. He then founded TAHF, a non-profit corporation that owned or managed 100+ properties in four different states. These properties ranged from single family homes to multifamily elderly facilities.

Bryan served eight years as a Director for the Los Angeles National Bank, a community bank based in Orange County, which focused on small to medium sized businesses. There he served as Chairman of the Compliance Committee which oversaw the operations of four branches. He also served as the Vice Chairman of the Loan Committee that managed approximately $200 million of loans.

Bryan Wong earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. He has two sons currently in college.

Wayne Teng  Director, Asia

Wayne Teng

Director, Asia

Graduated from Boston University with a Honor Master Degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Wayne had been part of educational system for over twenty years. He started as Student Assistant at Boston University's International Students and Scholars Office; then, quickly promoted as Coordinator Supervisor for Summer Programs for welcoming international students. In addition, Wayne, at Boston University, has work in the university's admission office for three years. In Southern California, He has taught at Salesian High School (Catholic private school), San Marino High School (Highest API public school), and Burbank High School.

Being an international student since elementary school thru college, Wayne has thorough comprehensive knowledge of immigration process and educational growth for international students. Throughout his education services, Wayne has assisted students to enter American universities, such as, Stanford, Brown University, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, and Pasadena Art Center, St. Petersburg, and USC. In some programs, Wayne was able help students to enter those universities with scholarships and/or other prestigious honor programs. Wayne's personal mission statement is "to improve lives through education, one student at a time!"

Thales Peterson  Director of Soccer

Thales Peterson

Director of Soccer

Thales Peterson was born and raised in Brazil where he was signed to play professional soccer.  In 2004 Thales chose to pursue coaching and moved to the United States. His soccer skills combined with the ability to speak English, Portuguese and Spanish fluently led to a position with the Miami F.C. of the United Soccer League (USL) as an assistant coach and assistant trainer. There he worked with Brazilian World Cup winners, Romario and Zinho.

Thales then became the Director of Coaching for FC Golden State where he oversees all aspects of the coaching staff and player development.  Under his leadership, the club has grown from 11 to nearly 100 teams. In his tenure, the club has won two National Championships, had multiple teams ranked #1 in the country and won over a hundred tournaments including several regional and state championships.

FC Golden State participates in the prestigious US Soccer Development Academy, a player’s pathway to the US National Men’s teams.  Thales acts as Academy Director where more than thirty players have gone on to play at the collegiate and professional levels in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Costa Rica. This includes 10 players have been called up to the US National Team.   

Thales has never lost his desire for direct interaction with the players.  To this end, he still coaches an Academy team and is the assistant coach for the Ontario Fury, a professional indoor soccer team.  The Fury has players that represent both the US & Brazil for their respective Indoor National Teams.

Thales earned a degree in Physical Education at the Escola Superior de Educacao Fisica de Jundiai and a graduate degree in Soccer from Universidade Federal de Vicosa.    He also holds an “A” license from the United States Soccer Federation and a Premiere Diploma, Director of Coaching certificate from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  He is married and has two beautiful children.