INTRODUCTION TO OUR TEACHERS
All of our teachers are native Chinese speakers who have grown up in China and Taiwan. As we believe that it is important for our children to acquire the standard Mandarin Chinese pronunciation, all of our teachers speak fluent Mandarin Chinese.
Our teachers have received undergraduate and graduate degrees from prestigious universities in the United States. While we value our teachers’ educational backgrounds and experience, we also select our teachers for their engaging, energetic personalities. Because language acquisition is a fundamentally social endeavor, we believe that the learning environment must be fun and engaging in order to be truly productive.
FULL TIME STAFF
Meggie Chou, School Founder/Director/ Instructor
Meggie Chou founded Chinese with Meggie in 2006 and serves as the school’s director. Originally from Taiwan, Meggie holds a BFA in Studio Art from the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters degree from UT-Austin. She also attended Rice University’s Institute for Chinese Language Teaching. Meggie believes in the power of language education at an early age and is dedicated to creating a fun, productive and engaging environment at Chinese with Meggie. In addition to directing the school, she also leads her teaching team in developing innovative programs and learning materials. Most recently, she authored Diving into Chinese, a series of 40 books for young Chinese language learners. The books are published by China Sprout and Higher Education Press; ebooks for the iPad are available through the iTunes Bookstore.
Jiao Li, Assistant School Director/ Instructor/Program Director of Little Tiger Program
Jiao Li comes to Chinese with Meggie from Minnesota, where she was a full-time Chinese immersion classroom teacher in the Eisenhower Elementary/Xinxing Academy for 6 years. She has a M.A. in TESOL (teaching English as a second language) from University of Florida, and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Nanjing Normal University. Also, she holds a TESOL certificate from FL, K-6 teacher licensure from Hamline University, and K-12 teacher licensure from China. She taught middle school English in China for 3 years before coming to the US. Her teaching philosophy is learning through fun and engagement. She is so excited to continue using her passion and creativity to work with children in Chinese with Meggie.
Weiky Wei Liu, International Program Coordinator
Weiky Liu is from Beijing, China. She obtained an M.S.Ed in foreign language education from the Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania. She holds her bachelor degrees in English Education and Japanese Literature from Capital Normal University in Beijing. A skilled educator and administrator, she is currently based in Beijing and serves as CWM’s International Program Coordinator, overseeing CWM’s Beijing summer camp.
Yue Zhang, Instructor/Curriculum Developer/Lead Teacher of Little Tiger Program
Yue (Yona) Zhang earned her master’s degree in Social Science and Comparative Education from UCLA. She has taught at the elementary level for two years both in China and the US. Before moving to Austin, she lived in St. Louis, where she was a recreation leader in a public school. In April 2015, she completed CWM’s inaugural teacher training program, working as a visiting teacher in AISD elementary classrooms. Through this array of experiences, she has developed strong skills in foreign language teaching, curriculum development and classroom management. A passionate teacher, she particularly enjoys sharing Chinese culture with her students.
Jing Ling, Instructor/Curriculum Developer/Lead Teacher of Little Tiger Program
Jing comes to Chinese with Meggie from Pennsylvania, where she was a full-time Chinese teacher in a public charter school for four years. She has a Master of Science degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the City University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from her undergraduate university in China. She is certified in teaching Chinese in both New York State and Texas State. She taught English for five years in a University in China before coming to the U.S. Like her colleagues at CWM, she loves children and teaching. As a teacher, she believes in the importance of connecting with students by providing a positive environment in which to develop their communication skills in a new language.
Mandy Chen, Instructor/Curriculum Developer
Mandy Chen originally comes from Taipei, Taiwan, where she received her B.A. in Childhood Education from National Taiwan Normal University. After arriving in the US, she pursued her MA in Curriculum and Instruction with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from University of Colorado, Denver. She also holds the certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and a TESOL certificate. Her classroom experience includes two years as an assistant teacher in the GreenField Preschool in Taiwan. In US, she has assisted in ESL classrooms and volunteered as a Chinese teacher at the Colorado Chinese Language School. Since joining CWM in early 2016, Mandy has enjoyed working with kids in CWM’s fun, creative, interactive and challenging enviornment.
Xiao Liang, Instructor/Curriculum Developer
Originally from Guangzhou, China, Xiao Liang received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Following her passion for culture and language education, Xiao came to the U.S and earned her master’s degree in TESOL and World Language Education from the University of Georgia. Xiao has taught Mandarin Chinese at preschool and elementary setting for three years in China. Before moving to Austin, she taught Chinese at an immersion school in Atlanta, where she was the Pre-K 3 and 4 lead teacher. Xiao believes in multicultural education and feels that early experiences with foreign language learning bring great benefits to a child’s development.
Tingting Li, Instructor/Curriculum Developer
Tingting Li was born and raised in Beijing, China. She received her B.A. in Music Editing from the Communication University of China before obtaining an M.F.A in Documentary Filmmaking from University of North Texas.
Between 2009 and 2013, she made several documentary films that address different kinds of education, focusing on Chinese language education in the United States. In this capacity, she interviewed school district directors, Chinese teachers, and students. Her films have been screened and selected in several film festivals, and she received positive feedback from her audiences. Through the filmmaking process, Tingting was drawn to the idea of becoming a teacher herself.
Before joining Chinese with Meggie, Tingting was a full-time International Baccalaureate and Montessori Mandarin teacher in Dallas’ Westwood School for 3 years. Since 2014, she has also held a Texas EC-12 Chinese Teaching Certification. Her goal is to inspire her students to love language learning, to approach the world with curiosity, and to become independent thinkers.
Angela Jiangjing Wu, Instructor
Angela is originally from Hebei, China. In 2009, she obtained a degree in English from Hebei University of Economics and Business. Before she came to the United States in 2012, she worked as a Cultural and Educational Exchange Program Coordinator and taught Chinese to foreigners from around the world. Angela loves working at Chinese with Meggie because she enjoys working with children in the creative and positive atmosphere that the school provides.
Yi Wei, Instructor/Curriculum Developer
Yi Wei, originally from Xiamen, China, received her B.A. in English Education at Shanghai International Studies University. To pursue her dream of being a teacher, she came to U.S. and studied TESOL and Foreign Language Education (Chinese) in the dual-certification M.A. program at New York University. This prepared her to be a certified teacher in New York State. She taught both Chinese and TESOL in New York City public schools as a student teacher and developed solid skills in language teaching, curriculum development, and classroom differentiation. She also worked as a TESOL assistant teacher at the kindergarten level. Moving to Austin, Yi is also certified as a EC-12 Chinese teacher in Texas. She joined Chinese With Meggie in 2017 and enjoys working in CWM’s innovative and collaborative environment.
Dai Dong, Instructor/Curriculum Developer
Dai Dong comes to Chinese with Meggie from Los Angeles, California, where she recently received a BA in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. Originally from Harbin, China, where Dai Dong also studied at Heilongjiang University, where she majored in English. In China, she gained teaching experience as a one-on-one tutor for middle and high school students. At UCLA, she was a professorial research assistant and gained further teaching experience by working with children in an after-school program, assisting them with a range of subjects, including Chinese reading and writing. As a language teacher, she is passionate about motivating her students, and inspireing them to learn Chinese. Dai also believes that, in addition to being effective way to communicate and understand the culture, language learning is a useful tool for establishing good learning habits, mastering other subjects, and having a broadened vision of the world.
Rong Ann Chou, Instructor/Curriculum Developer
Rong Ann Chou is originally from Taipei, Taiwan, where she received her Bachelor of Education in the division of Early Childhood Development and Education at National Taiwan Normal University. After completing her undergraduate studies, Rong Ann served as a research assistant for the Child Development Survey Project and Parent Education and Material Design Projects at NTNU, in cooperation with Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education. Following her passion for education and cultural exploration, Rong Ann continued her education by pursuing a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining Chinese with Meggie in 2017, she worked at The Flawn Child and Family Laboratory and Child Development Center at UT. Rong Ann believes deeply in the uniqueness of each child. She strives to create a positive atmosphere and rich environment to support her students’ growth and to help them to achieve their potential. In her spare time, Rong Ann loves to spend time with family and friends, travel, cook, read books, and watch movies.
PART TIME STAFF
Dr. Rui Cao, Instructor
Dr. Rui Cao is a native of Tianjin, China. She received her B.A. in English for Foreign Trade from NanKai University in China. She earned a M.A. in English (with concentration in ESL) from University of Toledo and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from University of Florida. Her dissertation research was on the perception of Chinese tones. Dr. Cao has taught ESL for six years and Mandarin Chinese for seven years. Prior to joining Chinese with Meggie, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Chinese at the Defense Language Institute and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Concordia University Texas. Dr. Cao is also a faculty member at Schreiner University, teaching undergrad Chinese courses and coordinating the Texas Learning Consortium.
Janice Hervey, English Instructor
Janice Hervey is our Little Tiger English teacher. She has taught kindergarten and lower-elementary children for 12 years prior to joining Little Tiger. She also has extensive experience in teaching within dual language and English as a Second Language contexts, in both public and private schools. She is certified as an Early Elementary Teacher and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. A lifelong learner, her goal is to instill a love of learning in her students.
Jialu Xu, Curriculum Developer
Originally from Shanghai, Jialu obtained a MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in English from East China Normal University. During her study at Penn, she developed a great interest for picture-books from Dr. Lawrence Sipe’s course: Picturebooks and the Practice of Literacy. In 2011 summer, she resided in a rural village in China for an internship with Rural China Education Foundation. From 2011 to 2012, she was the Assistant Director at Chinese with Meggie, Austin, where she oversaw an array of administrative and curricular development tasks in addition to teaching Chinese. She recently relocated to Singapore and now works remotely with Chinese with Meggie, focusing on curriculum development and creating Chinese language learning materials based on picture-books.
FINGERPRINTS AND BACKGROUND CHECK
All teachers at Chinese with Meggie Language School have been fingerprinted and have been through background check with Fingerprint-based Applicant Clearinghouse of Texas (FACT) affiliated to Texas Department of Public Safety.
FIRST AID TRAINING
All teachers at Chinese with Meggie Language School have taken part in the standard American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED – Pediatrics training, and are certified by American Red Cross.