Sunny Seo graduated from University of Mary Washington with a B.S. in Biology. She worked as a project manager at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland (Division of Ocular Immunology), overseeing various studies related to Children’s Health, Women’s Health & Aging, Tuberculosis, and AIDS. She has also worked as a lab manager at Johns Hopkins University – Bloomberg School of Public Health (Department of International Health), supervising medical researches related to NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia. She also worked as data analyst for Teen Pregnancy Studies.
Sunny later received a master’s degree in Christian Education from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, Massachusetts). Her coursework(s) included various educational foci, such as Creative Teaching Methods; Education in Cultural Perspective; Understanding Learners; Curriculum Writing; Ethics; etc. She is the recipient of NAPCE award (North American Professors of Christian Education Award) and Garrett-Wilson Scholarship. She is a member of Phi Alpha Chi Society and has worked as a Teaching Assistant at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
After graduating from seminary, Sunny has worked as a pastor & director of children’s and youth ministries across Boston and New Jersey areas. She has over 15 years of experience working with children of various ages, teenagers, parents, schools, and families. She enjoys connecting with people across generations and is well versed in navigating through the raw, unfiltered moments of everyday life. She is insightful, sensitive, and can empathize with people easily. She is a great listener and is excellent at identifying people’s strengths and responding effectively to both expressed and unexpressed needs.
Sunny is certified in Mental Health First Aid, providing immediate response to someone experiencing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, acute psychosis, and reaction to traumatic events. She earned her RRSR certificate (Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risks) through American Association of Suicidology. She is also a certified Teen Life Coach and has much experience offering a variety of preventative, solution-focused approaches to teenagers who may be going through difficult transition phases. She teaches life skills that emphasize topics such as stress management, resilience, resources, relationships, strengths, and connections. She enjoys empowering teenagers & parents to develop their strengths and helping them focus on the present and future. Currently, she is working towards her second master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at George Mason University.