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Jack and Huyen (‘Wen’) established Think to provide elite, individualized instruction to students of all ages and backgrounds. Think is a community center for education that helps primary and secondary school students get ahead in English Language Arts, Writing Composition, Social Studies/History, and Mathematics. Think also specializes in teaching primary school students how to read.

Jack has been teaching students from the elementary level to the university level for the past 15 years. During that time, he has taught a wide variety of English, History, ESL, and Test Preparation courses in both the United States and in Vietnam. A Fulbright Scholar fluent in Vietnamese, Jack received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in 2014.  He develops all of the programs and instructs most of the courses at Think.

Huyen had just earned a B.A. in Software Engineering and was embarking on a career as an IT professional when she met Jack in Hanoi.  After they married, Huyen left her native Vietnam for the unknown in the United States.  In the short span of time Huyen has been in the U.S., she has gone from English-language illiteracy to a full academic scholarship at the University of Washington, and degrees in both Communication and Sociology.  This is of course to say nothing of her indispensable contributions at Think, where she has combined her passions for social justice, mathematics, and working with young people.  Huyen leads all math programs at Think.


Jack R. Merchant, Ph.D. – Summary of Qualifications


Doctor of Philosophy: History
University of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI

Master of Arts: Southeast Asian Studies
University of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI

Bachelor of Arts: International Studies
University of WashingtonSeattle, WA


– Over 15 years experience teaching students of all ages and backgrounds

– Extensive experience teaching Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, and Writing Composition to elementary, jr. high, and high school students in Seattle

– Taught undergraduate courses and advised undergraduate students at the University of Michigan

– Developed and taught English-language courses at An Giang University, Vietnam

– Designed and taught test preparation courses (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, and GRE) in both the United States and Vietnam

Praise for Jack R. Merchant:

Dr. Merchant is a spectacular teacher. His evaluations were always at the top of the chart, and students seemed to regard him with a mixture of friendship and awe… He is equally effective lecturing in large classes and engaging in one-on-one tutoring…

I hasten to emphasize that Dr. Merchant is the most culturally sensitive, linguistically well prepared, and thematically original doctoral student I have had in 27 years…

Victor Lieberman
Raoul Wallenberg Distinguished University Professor of History and
Professor of Southeast Asian History
University of Michigan