Our TeamMeet our team of teachers!
Mei Juan Jiang
Founder, Mandarin Instructor
I am a native from Shanghai, China. I majored in Chinese Literacy in Shanghai Teacher’s University. At an early age, I developed an interest in learning new languages and cultures and a passion for teaching. Growing up in an international city, I had first-hand experiences with many unique and interesting cultures around the world. This discovery motivated me to share Chinese language and culture with my students as they study Mandarin. I sincerely believes that successful learning comes from a fun and inviting learning environment. My teaching style makes learning Mandarin a fun and exciting experience.
Yang Yang Sun
I am a Mandarin teacher who started my teaching profession since 2013. I take time to understand my students’ needs and prepare lesson plans appropriately. I introduce humor often in my classes and keep topics interesting and fun.
Learning a new language is challenging, so my goal in class is to help students speak with confidence, build their vocabulary, and most of all have an enjoyable time.
Zhuo Xu (Joanna)
My name is Joanna and I am from Beijing. I recently received my MBA in the Bay Area.I graduated from Harbin Normal University with a Bachelor’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and I have been a certified Chinese teacher for over 4 years. I teach various Chinese levels, from fundamental to advanced Chinese.
I like adventures, traveling and learning different cultures. I am a passionate teacher and love seeing my students make progress. My goal is to ensure that every student reaches their full potential by making Chinese learning easy and interesting. Hope to see you soon at KaiXin Language School!
Lu Han (Lucia)
Hi everyone! My name is Lucia, and I come from Northeast of China. I started as a qualified Chinese teacher since 2010 in Shenzhen. I have been working at KaiXin for over a year. I like to improvise my classes with new ideas, especially during role-plays, as a way to teach and improve students’ confidence in speaking and learning Chinese culture. My goal is to teach practical Chinese that can be applied to everyday life. Outside of teaching, my interests include traveling, reading books, cooking, exploring different foods, hanging out with friends, and watching movies.
YangYang Ungerer (Sophie)
Hi, my name is Sophie, and I love teaching languages. I have worked with students from ages 6 to 60 in both Mandarin and English (although I haven’t yet taught 1 student both languages!). I am a calm and patient person and have found that through consistent positive encouragement, my students respond with their best efforts. I grew up in Baotou, China, received my degree in Education and English at the Jilin Foreign Language University, and moved to beautiful San Francisco in 2014. I look forward to helping you reach your language learning goals!
Zhongzhou Zhu (John)
Ni Hao everyone. My name is Zhongzhou (John). I was born and raised in Xinjiang, the ancient Silk Road trade route in North Western China. I came to the U.S. in 2012 and earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Mandarin is my mother tongue. Together with my business degrees, I have been a translator for business meeting and teaching Mandarin in private tutoring setting for more than 5 years.
I believe what students need the most are chances to use language the way it was intended ̶ as a tool for communication, not as a complex set of rules to master. Besides being passionate about building students’ confidence, I also enjoy sharing intercultural stories to help students learn about life and culture in China.
Xie Xiaohong (Josie)
Hi I’m Josie, and my Chinese name is Xie Xiaohong. I’m excited to join Kaixin Language School and be a part of the KaiXin family.
I received my English Education certification in China from South China Normal University in 2009. I started my college studies at Jiangmen Polytechnic in 2005 and continued my studies at South China Normal University from 2006-2009. I have taught English in China as a second language for 3 years, and I can I understand the difficulties of starting to learn a foreign language. As an instructor, I’ve learned that keeping students interested and engaged helps them understand the language through fun class participation. Happy teaching and happy learning is my teaching philosophy! I am full of passion when I’m standing in a class as a teacher. I wish to continue spreading Chinese language and culture at KaiXin Language School and hope you will enjoy my classes. Thank you!
I am an experienced performer with on-stage credits and an award winning short film. I earned a teaching certification in English and Chinese as a Second Language at Columbia University. I believe that the center of the classroom should be focused on students learning, and not on teaching. Learning Chinese is a bit different from other languages. Tones are fundamental and vital in the learning process, and essential to becoming a proficient Mandarin speaker. Let’s work together to learn and grow.
Sandra Chiung-Hsuan Huang (Sandra)
My name is Sandra and I am from Taiwan. I have traveled all over the world before moving to the Bay Area in 2013. I have always been interested in literature from Chinese Classics to Jane Austen. I enjoy reading, movies, traveling, and spending time with my family.
I love to travel and see new things. I also love to help students learn a new language and enjoy tailoring each class to help every student learn what they need at their level. I spend a lot of time to prepare each lesson and add extra material that might be helpful to my students. It is my hope that every student learns practical Mandarin for business, travel, or everyday life.
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