Sam Ahn

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Welcome to the digital home of Sam Ahn, an innovative leader and visionary in the educational domain, who expertly bridges the gap between traditional educational principles and the frontier of generative AI technology. As an accomplished instructional designer, publisher, and influential voice in the educational community, Sam is dedicated to reimagining the future of learning in an era marked by digital transformation. With a foundation in economics and advanced degrees in instructional design and educational technology from the prestigious Teachers College of Columbia University, Sam brings a unique perspective to educational strategy and development. His work not only encompasses the creation of future-oriented curricula at top U.S. boarding schools -- he's currently the Director at Stony Brook School's Gravitas Passion Academies and previously at Miss Porter's School Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Institute -- but also extends to guiding parents and educators through the complexities of preparing children for a world where AI literacy is as crucial as traditional literacy. As you navigate this webpage, you will uncover Sam's holistic approach to educational business and technology strategy, where learning is not merely about knowledge acquisition but about nurturing the skills necessary for survival and success in the digital age. Sam's expertise spans a wide array of areas, including Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Generative AI in Education, Public Speaking, Curriculum Development, and more, making his platform a rich resource for anyone looking to thrive amidst the rapid pace of technological advancement.

Future of Learning Instructional Designer

Sam Ahn stands at the forefront of instructional design, renowned for his ability to craft educational experiences that are not just transformative but also essential for navigating the future. His approach is rooted in a deep understanding of pedagogical theory, combined with a forward-looking perspective on how technologies like AI are reshaping the educational landscape. As a father of three, an educator, and a doctoral candidate focusing on Educational/Instructional Technology, Sam embodies the role of a changemaker, committed to empowering learners with the skills to adapt and flourish in an uncertain future. Engage with Sam's work and join him in shaping the next generation of learning, where every child is prepared to meet the challenges of the digital world head-on.

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  • Phone: +1 347 *** ****
  • Current City: Connecticut, USA
  • Position: Director, Passion Academies
  • Degree: Ed.D. candidate, Ed.M, M.A.
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Sam Ahn by numbers

Top College Admissions Top-25 US College

Projects Student created companies and products

Virtual Workshop type of courses offered

Countries represented by students


Sam is passionate about disrupting the status quo in education. The world needs changemakers who are going to tackle global problems. My skills are based on preparing K-12 students to be best prepared for the future.

Curriculum Design 100%
Teaching "Future-proof skills" 95%
Digital Marketing 90%
HTML & CSS 90%
WordPress/CMS 90%
Generative AI 90%


Below is some of the educational and professional experiences of Sam Ahn.


Sam Ahn

As an accomplished instructional designer and educator, Sam is dedicated to shaping the future of education by creating dynamic learning experiences that empower students with future-proof skills. With a rich educational background and a wealth of professional experience, Sam excels in curriculum development, innovative edtech solutions, and fostering collaboration to enhance the learning journey. Fluent in both Korean and English, Sam brings a global perspective to education and possesses a unique skill set that spans instructional design, entrepreneurship, and technology integration.

  • Farmington, CT, USA


Ed.D. candidate in Instructional Technology and Media


Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Ed.M. in Instructional Technology and Media


Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

M.A., Computing in Education


Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

B.A., Economics


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Professional Associations & Certification

Harvard Business School (HBX)


Certificate in Entrepreneurship Essentials

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

2017 - current


Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA)

2008 - current

Professional Member



Certificate of College Counseling

Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA)

2022 - current

School Committee Member

Professional Experience

Director, Passion Academies

2022 - Present

Fully Remote (CT)

  • Designed curriculum and managed courses under Passion Academies
  • Developed skill-building courses in entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and problem-solving with programming
  • Established the Passion StartUp Lab accelerator program
  • Advised on marketing and enrollment strategies
  • Introduced Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship program for international elementary students
  • Designed and taught LEGO-based Global Citizenship program for pre-K and elementary students in Korea

Director, Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

2017 - 2021

Miss Porter's School, Farmington CT, USA

  • Designed and launched the Institute for T.I.E., a signature program
  • Developed curriculum for global TIE certificate programs
  • Forged partnerships with industry leaders like Microsoft and Buzzfeed
  • Led Curriculum Committee responsible for curriculum overhaul
  • Founded and directed StartUp Lab and launched Pitch Day and Hackathon competitions
  • Taught various courses and workshops, including Game Design, Digital Marketing, Entertainment Management, and Social Entrepreneurship

Founder & CEO

2011 - Current

Ahn Instructional Design & Technology, Inc., New York, NY, USA

  • Developed and taught GenAI curricula for K-12 students and parents
  • Consulted educational companies and startups in instructional design
  • Launched summer camps and online programs
  • Developed global curriculum and learning programs
  • Designed and developed EdTech web and mobile applications
  • Consulted families in education and admissions to top schools
  • Advised "future-proof" curriculum development of private schools
  • Created and operated STEAM and entrepreneurship K-12 programs

Managing Director

2014 - 2015

New Pathway Education and Technology Group & EIC Education: New York, NY, and China

  • Led the expansion of a Chinese educational company in the US
  • Developed educational programs for K-12 and college students
  • Counseled and mentored students in admissions to top US boarding schools & colleges
  • Advised on educational technology and managed app development teams

Franchise Owner

2011 - 2014

C2 Education Center, New York, NY

  • Managed C2 Education Center, Manhattan branch
  • Tutored and counseled K-12 & college students
  • Developed curriculum for graduate admissions tests

Online Education and Overseas Business Development Manager

2009 - 2010

Seoul, Korea

  • Advised online educational programs
  • Partnered with its subsidiary companies to export educational programs
  • Negotiated multi-million dollar deals with Chinese educational firms
  • Organized summer math pilot program in a US public elementary school

Managing Director

2006 - 2009

Seoul, Korea

  • Counseled international students for admissions to top US schools
  • Managed capital and achieved double to triple-digit growth
  • Created and developed Online Consulting System (OCS)
  • Developed programs and taught various subjects

Academic and Global Education Program Director

2004 - 2006

Seoul, Korea

  • Hired, trained, and managed over 50 teachers
  • Developed curricula and programs for international students
  • Coordinated overseas exchange student programs


Here are some examples of Sam's work in curriculum and instructional design.

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Here are services currently offered. *subject to availibility*

K-12 School Consultation

Provides strategy and guidance on building "future-proof" curriculum and sustinable programming

Education & Admissions Consulting

Provides guidance and mentorship in academic roadmap and admissions to "fit" or top schools

Parent Training

Provides opportunities for parents to learn how to best prepare their children for the future


Discover Sam Ahn's vision for a future where education transcends traditional boundaries, fostering resilience, creativity, and innovation in learners of all ages. Engage with a community of educators, parents, and technology enthusiasts who share a common goal: to pioneer an educational revolution that prepares our children for a future where adaptability, critical thinking, and digital fluency are paramount.


1270 Broadway, New York, NY 10001


+1 347 *** 3737