All of our teachers are fluent in Mandarin Chinese and use standard pronunciation. They have received undergraduate and graduate degrees from prestigious universities in Asia, the United States, and Europe. Most importantly, they have engaging, energetic personalities and love sharing their knowledge of Chinese language and culture.
FULL TIME STAFF
Meggie Chou, School Founder/Director/Instructor
Meggie Chou founded Chinese with Meggie in 2006 and Little Tiger Chinese Immersion School in 2015. 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. Since arriving in Austin, she helped establish the Little Tiger Chinese Immersion School, which she directs. 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.
Cecilia Lin, Lead Curriculum Developer
Cecilia Lin graduated from Oklahoma City University with an M.A. in TESOL before going on to take six modules of doctoral coursework at Durham University in England. Cecilia has a lifetime teaching credential to teach college students in Taiwan, where she has taught as a university instructor and a teacher trainer. For the eight years prior to joining CWM/LTP, she was a Chinese immersion teacher at Yinghua Academy, a public charter school in Minnesota, and at Springbridge International bilingual school in California. Ceclia has demonstrated her leadership as a team lead teacher, school mentor teacher, and professional learning community (PLC) Lead in her previous schools. She also has managed and conducted summer teacher training programs for Chinese immersion professionals during her time at Yinghua Academy. She is passionate about teaching and especially about helping students to achieve academic success.
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.
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.
Aggie Yuxia Liu, Instructor/Curriculum Developer
Aggie received her Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Jinan University in Guangzhou. She holds a K-12 Teacher Certification for teaching Mandarin. Prior to joining CWM, she had over three years experience teaching Mandarin Chinese to students ranging from elementary school children to working professionals. She has also had the unique experience of working for China’s Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), teaching Mandarin in Bangkok, Thailand and also working at the US Consulate General in Guangzhou. As a language teacher, she enjoys working with people from different cultures and learning about different backgrounds. Her passion for teaching is equally matched by her passion for learning.
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.
PART TIME STAFF
Dr. Rui Cao, Adult Professional Program Instructor
Dr. Rui Cao, a native of Tianjin, China, leads our Adult Professional Classes. She is also Director of Administration at our Little Tiger Chinese Immersion School. Dr. Cao 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 more than ten. 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 was previously 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.