Anthony Shull was born and raised on a farm in the metropolis of Kingsville, MO (population: 320). He was the day-dreaming student that peered out through the classroom windows wondering what life was like in other countries and cultures. As an undergraduate student, Anthony attended Central Missouri State University (CMSU) where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising in Business in 1991. He worked for Hallmark Cards Inc. in merchandising for two years and then went to work at Gap Inc. for four years as Minneapolis Regional Manager of Merchandising. He was then invited to Mexico in 1996 to work for the Aca Joe retail organization as General Manager of Merchandising for the company.
After becoming interested in languages and working in multi-cultural settings, he returned to Missouri in the spring of 1998 to study in the Master of Arts program for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at CMSU and taught in the Intensive English Program for two years. On completion of his Master's degree, he returned to Mexico to teach in the Department of Languages at Instituto Tecnológico de Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM-CEM ) where he was past six and one-half years. Anthony was Director of the Department of Languages for four of those years and Coordinator of the English Language Academy and Internationalization Projects. This position had responsibility for creating academic programs and strategy for studying the English language at ITESM, influencing policy on language requirements, and for offering extended study options to faculty. This is when he discovered both his desire and calling to dedicate his life and experience to the bringing of people of various backgrounds and cultures together in the way of education programs and opportunities.