Michael (Hong-Lik) Wang
With more than 10 years’ experience in the luxury jewelry and watch industry, Michael has held a variety of positions, including: sales associate, store manager, and local jeweler to international luxury jewelry brands in Taipei, Sydney and Melbourne. His work also involved manufacturing, repairing, appraising, 3D printing and marketing. Michael is passionate about sharing his expertise with his students. Self-learning inspires him, and his ultimate goal is to turn the classroom into a student-oriented learning environment that excites and empowers. His being multilingual enriches his classes – he speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese. Michael previously taught guitar, ukulele, and the tsugaru-shamisen (a traditional three-string Japanese instrument).
I-Ting has always been spellbound by gems, and she earned the Graduate Gemologist and Jewelry Design diplomas in 1997. She applied what she learned while working a part-time job in the jewelry industry and running her own electronic business. I-Ting’s love of learning inspired her to return to the academic world, and she became a student tutor at a college. Her enthusiasm for teaching and interest in gemology drew her back to GIA. Patient and warmhearted, I-Ting finds joy in teaching.