Kenneth Ong

Educational Planning Specialist


  • Application Essays



  • Bethesda, MD


Whether at work or at play, Kenneth enjoys continuous learning and meeting new people. While earning business degrees from the University of Virginia (B.S.) and UCLA Anderson School (MBA), Kenneth worked for his alma maters’ Admissions Committees as a student or alumni rep. His varied professional background subsequently took him coast to coast and included working for industry leaders in entertainment and media (Disney), finance (Chase), and architecture and design (Gensler). Currently, he is focused on social impact entrepreneurship and design thinking but also continues to write feature film and television screenplays. Since relocating back to MoCo where he grew up, Kenneth has taken his talents into the realm of substitute teaching. Although he will always teach what he needs to teach, he likes to think of himself as more of a TED Talk speaker, life coach, and occasional stand-up comedian – defying all cultural expectations of a substitute teacher.

An admitted introvert that most people confuse for an extrovert, Kenneth enjoys tennis, beach volleyball, softball, hiking, traveling, and road trips (especially when his stomach serves as his navigator).


Writing at its essence is simply storytelling. So, if you don’t know how to tell a story, then obsessing over spelling, grammar, and sentence structure won’t really matter. I want to share with my students the ways that I’ve learned to brainstorm ideas, collaborate with others, build a simple structure for the story being told, and gain useful feedback from notes on multiple drafts. After that, the right words practically write themselves!

The same process that works for storytelling and screenwriting applies to college essays, high school English classes, and beyond. Together, we will explore the life experiences, important lessons, and “un-comfort zones” that reflect the first impression you will make on other people.

Let’s figure out those stories together! Movie-worthy or not! #writingiseasierthanyourealize