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.
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.
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.
Yufeng Xin (Grace)
My name is Grace and I am from Guangzhou. I previously studied in Beijing for 4 years and have since moved to San Francisco. I received my masters after studying here for 4 years. As a teacher, I believe that the Chinese language is a very important part of the Chinese culture and I want to introduce as much exciting culture as I can in my classes. I always show great interested in my students and how they learn and communicate Chinese. I hope everyone will have a happy and relaxing time in my class!
Lijun Li (Ginnie)
Hi, my name is Ginnie, a native Chinese speaker. Born and raised in Guangzhou, I can speak both Cantonese and Mandarin. I have been a private tutor since my campus life, and I became a teacher later after I graduated. In my spare time, I’m a coffee lover!
For myself, I can effectively help my students at different levels achieve the goals with a flexible way for Chinese learning. I believe we have a lot more to learn than in textbooks, so I’m going to make some practical extensions for my students if necessary. I’m an easygoing person and my teaching method is kind of relaxing, so I become friends with almost all my former students. I sincerely hope we can become friends too!
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