Edward Joseph

Essay Specialist


  • Application Essays
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Writing



  • Bethesda, MD
  • McLean, VA
  • Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)
  • Tenleytown, DC


An editor and writer who has been published in The New York Times, Edward P. Joseph brings an array of experience – and empathy – to his essay students. He currently holds two teaching positions – one at the university level at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he also serves on the Board of Advisers, and one at the upper school level at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Trained as a lawyer, Edward is a non-profit leader who has served extensively in overseas conflict areas, including a dozen years in the Balkans, in addition to shorter missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Haiti. He has worked for the State Department, the UN, the US Army, and Catholic Relief Services, among other organizations, and is an Army veteran who served as a helicopter pilot. In 2012, Edward was cited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for averting a brewing confrontation between Serbia and Kosovo.

Edward traces his interest in foreign affairs to his high school exchange experience in Mexico as a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High school. “I was welcomed as an ‘hermano’ in the Vielma family from the moment I arrived in their household. I lived the life of a Mexican teenager, which immediately changed and enriched my outlook on life and sharpened my expectations for college.” Edward attended Johns Hopkins University because of its combined five-year Bachelor’s-Master’s program in International Studies. He studied in Bologna, Italy, learning his second (of four) foreign languages. Edward also ran varsity track, played basketball, and still enjoys athletics, particularly with his two young children.

Having worked in a kaleidoscope of locations and in a variety of roles, Edward understands the challenge of having to define oneself in just a few short paragraphs. He thrives on finding ways to help students discover ‘who they are’ through listening, dialogue and the essay drafting process.

Edward earned his B.A. and M.A. in international studies at Johns Hopkins University and its School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and his J.D. at the University of Virginia.


The best essays emerge from a strong sense of having something to say. My goal is to transform the essay writing process from a tick-in-the-box chore to a process of self-discovery where the essay becomes the natural representation of the student’s values, experiences, and aspirations. Encouraging students to ask questions – to rediscover what captivates their imagination – is at the core of this process. As Albert Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”