Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year! Get acquainted with our staff and see what you have in common with us.
Ms. Tina Bogucharova 应婷校长– Principal
I am Chinese-American, born and raised in Taiwan. In 1986 my family immigrated to the United States where we settled in San Leandro, California. I didn’t learn to speak English until I was 11 years old and my parents insisted that we speak Mandarin at home. I remember feeling confused about my identity, was I Chinese or American? I went to the University of California, Irvine for my BA in Psychology and Chinese Literature and Teachers College, Columbia University for my MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. During these formative years I learned a lot about myself and others like me who also have dual identities and languages. My parents, by insisting on keeping the Chinese language and culture alive at home, instilled a sense of belongingness and curiosity that would forever govern how I choose to live my life. In my twenties, I went through a mild wanderlust period during which I lived and taught English in China, Japan and New York. Although I have been teaching since 2000, my first certificated public school teaching job was in 2005 in Queens, New York, where I taught 4th grade at P.S. 116. That job transformed me as an educator. For the first time, I felt a sense of immense urgency to serve the children in our public schools. As a classroom teacher I watched my students fail and thrive, and it taught me that teaching requires a tremendous amount of ingenuity, perseverance, and love. In 2007, I moved to Seattle and joined Bellevue School District as an ELL Facilitator and Newcomer Center teacher at Newport Heights Elementary. In 2011, I helped launch the Mandarin Dual Language program at Ardmore and served as the Instructional Leader and Curriculum Developer until 2015 when I transitioned to Cherry Crest Elementary School as the Assistant Principal. Last year I celebrated my 10th year working in the Bellevue School District. I am excited to continue in year three of leading Jing Mei and making it a place of learning for all kids, parents, and staff members.
Lastly, I feel especially connected to the students of Jing Mei because like me they have parents who have the foresight of giving them the best gift of all: An opportunity to have two souls.
“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” ~Emperor Charlemagne
Ms. Helen Yung 福校长– Assistant Principal
Hello everyone. I am honored to serve the Jing Mei community as your new Assistant Principal. I was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the US when I was six years old. My extended family lives in the greater Los Angeles area. My husband Patrick and I feel blessed to have three boys, two who are in high school and one in elementary school. As a family, we enjoy traveling, eating, and going to the beach with our two dogs, an American Eskimo and a beagle. I have a BA in Public Relations from the University of Southern California (USC), a MS in Education (TESOL) from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), and my administrative credential from Seattle Pacific University (SPU).
Over the past 10 years, I have been committed to serving students in urban school districts in the US. Before coming to Bellevue, I served as an ELL instructor, reading specialist, and admin intern at Martin Luther King Elementary School. I also interned at Dearborn Park International School, a Mandarin and Spanish immersion school in Seattle. Prior to that, I was the VP of Academics for Better Chinese and provided professional development and curriculum development for Mandarin educators around the country. It was during this time that I also planned with dual language principals and program administrators and realized that in order to develop the best dual language schools. I am a firm believer that dual language is the best pathway to language proficiency and am dedicated to working with Jing Mei’s staff, students and families to achieve that reality.
Ms. Vicky Mai 麥清榆辦公主任 – Office Manager
It has been a pleasure to be part of the Jing Mei family. I was born and raised in China before immigrating to Seattle at the age of 10. Since then, I have developed a passion for the Chinese Language and an appreciation for the Chinese culture. Fueled by bits and pieces of memory from my childhood of China and from the stories of my parents and ancestors, I followed my passion and explored Chinese history, its culture, language and people. I graduated with a B.A. from the University of Washington with a triple major in Chinese Language and Literature, Sociology and International Studies with an emphasis in Asia. Aside from my education, I also maintained a vigorous professional schedule while on campus. My professional experience included two positions as an administrative assistant providing administrative support to various supervisors, students and clients. I am eager to continue making a positive contribution at Jing Mei by providing my best assistance to the principal, staff, parents, students and to the public.
(TBD) – Office Secretary
Ms. Zhengyang Hu 胡正阳 – Kindergarten Homeroom 幼儿园
It has been nine years since I first came to the United States. Beijing, my hometown, is a city that was once the ancient capital of six dynasties and has a history of more than 3,000 years. In 2009, with the precious cultural legacy imprinted on me, I arrived at Pacific Lutheran University and started my journey of studying abroad. I first received my B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Theatre and then earned an M.A. in Teaching at Seattle Pacific University along with a Washington State Residency Teacher Certificate with endorsements in Elementary Education and Mandarin. Soon after graduation, I served as an assistant teacher at a private Montessori preschool in University Place School District, experiencing and enjoying this different approach to education with children ages 2.5-5. I fell in love with Dr. Montessori’s educational philosophy, which emphasizes independence, peace, and the fundamental principle of following the child. Enrolled in an early childhood Montessori diploma program, I will soon obtain a Montessori credential for early childhood.
This will be my first year joining the Jing Mei family and will also be the beginning of my journey of working full-time as a classroom lead teacher. Believing that a great leader is first seen as a servant, I hope that as a servant leader, I can help every child in my class to grow up in love and to learn to live in a calm and pleasant environment. I am looking forward to exploring new teaching strategies and examining how to skillfully incorporate the Montessori Method into the essence of modern traditional teaching. My goal is to help our children develop a love of learning, form a self-directed lifelong learning habit, foster an outstanding spirit, and build strong character under the influence of Chinese excellent transitional culture.
Ms. Dongni Hu胡冬妮-Kindergarten Homeroom 幼儿园
Hi everyone, my name is Dongni Hu. I am from Chengdu, China. I love my hometown! It has cute pandas and delicious Sichuanese cuisine. I had a very happy childhood growing up in this lovely city. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to come to the US to receive my higher education, I was impressed and inspired by the diversity here. I worked super hard to study English and then Spanish as my third language. I truly believe that learning a language is a best way to learn about a culture. During my undergrad years at Calvin College in Michigan, I studied and taught abroad in Ghana for half a year. This experience made me realize how teaching can make meaningful impact on others’ lives. Since then I loved teaching. After graduating from college, I worked as a Chinese immersion kindergarten teacher in a private school. Later when I moved to Seattle, I pursued Seattle University’s Master in Teaching program and completed my internship here at Jingmei’s Kingdergarten class! I spent a year teaching in Seattle School District but now I am more than happy to be back at Jingmei. I will do everything I can to get to know every child and enters my classroom and create a comfortable, safe, and enjoyable classroom for all the children.
Ms. Yingjing Lin林颖菁- Kindergarten Homeroom 幼儿园
Hi, my name is Yingjing Lin. My friends call me Jing. I had been teaching in elementary schools for years and worked as a website and graphic designer before came to the United States. After receiving my master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from State University of New York, I moved to Seattle with my husband. I joined Bellevue School District in 2015. This school year I will continued work as a kindergarten teacher at Jing Mei. I strive to help students and create a caring, safe, and engaging learning environment, which encourages students to believe in themselves and to do their personal best. I look forward to getting to know all of you this school year!
Ms.Chen-Ju Chen 陳貞汝老師 – 1st Grade Homeroom一年级
我目前任職在phantom Lake 小學。我擔任的工作是一個特教的助理老師。我非常享受教孩子跳出固定的，刻板的框框來思考。並且按著他們各個的需要來幫助他們進步。我的目的是發覺他們每個人的潛能並且幫助他們成長。我感到非常幸運有這個機會可以把學生一生喜愛學習，對同學的熱情和成功最基礎且強而有力的素質的苗圃開墾出來
I grew up in the Taiwan. I attended Eastern Washington University, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. During my student teaching, I was amazed to find how much I loved it, and how rewarding it felt to be part of my students’ discoveries and successes. I have an endorsement in elementary education, and K-12 Arts from the State of Washington. I taught Chinese in Spokane for 2 years, working with children ages 3 to 11 years old. When I moved to Bellevue in 2010, I was an Assistant Director at KinderCare. I have developed strong teacher/parent-relations with regards to their child’s over all development and growth. Within my broad management experience I have found a passion and strength in recruiting, on-boarding, and training.
Before Jing Mei, I was a Special Ed Para-educator at Phantom Lake Elementary. I enjoy teaching children to think outside of the box, and then helping each of them individually with their progress. My goal is to discover their potential, and then track their growth. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to help the students in my class cultivate a lifelong love of learning, a sense of compassion for their peers, and a strong foundation for success.
I met my husband when I was in college, and we have been together for 21 years. We currently have no children or pets. I am the type of person who loves to try things “just for the experience.” I enjoy, cooking, traveling, and time with friends and family.
Ms. Bing Liu刘冰-First Grade Homeroom 一年级
My name is Bing Liu. I am so excited to be a part of the Jing Mei family. I was born and raised in northeast of China, Changchun, which is a very cold city. When I started reading as a little girl, I fell in love with literature, which opened my world, enriched my mind and kindled the light of hope for my life. I got my bachelor and first master degree in Chinese linguistics and literature in China. After I graduated, I have one-year full-time teaching experience in Jiefang middle school in China. Every class for me was a precious chance to grow up with children. The affection and inspiration I got from my precious students gave me huge confidence to insist on teaching.
Then I decided to continue my learning. I hope to know more about other country’s education and advanced teaching methods and skills. So I came to America and got my second master degree in TESOL program in Seattle University. The learning experience in America gave me a lot of ideas about the comparison and integration between the languages and cultures of America and China. I hope my classroom is a place for students to feel safe, comfortable and happy to develop their critical thinking ability and multi-cultural awareness.
I often ask myself: “What makes a good educator?” It is not until I became a teacher myself that I had a new understanding of education. For me, not only is it a career but more of a kind of responsibility, belief, and passion. Education is the most important part of everyone’s life, which is reflected through countless common incidents in our lives. I think the small incidents in education have framed the big concept. My objective is to make changes to education from those tiny details in classroom which could make a big difference!
我的名字叫刘冰，我很开心加入景美这个大家庭。 我出生在中国吉林省长春市。从我开始学习阅读时，就爱上了文学的世界。阅读打开了我看世界的大门， 启发我时刻独立思考，并把从阅读中得到的感悟和思索用到自己的生活和学习中。所以我在大学和研究生期间，继续中国语言与文学方向的学习，我本科毕业于哈尔滨工业大学，并且因为成绩优异获得保送攻读东北师范大学研究生学位的机会。在我研究生毕业后，我在长春市解放大路中学任教一年。在这一年中，我多次参加青年教师公开课大赛，磨练自己的教学技能。
Ms. Chung-Hui Sung 單忠慧老師 – First Grade Homeroom 一年级
I come from Taiwan. I am the older of two children in my family. Both my parents are retired government workers who put great emphasis on my education and allowed me the freedom to develop my own individuality. My family values and my respect to the elderly have taught me to be mature and self-reliant. My motto is: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”.
I have been inspired to become a teacher since my early childhood. To accomplish my goal, I have acquired a bachelor degree in special education and a master degree in education. I have a K-12 teacher certificate from Taiwan. I taught two years in kindergarten and six years in elementary school. I married my husband and moved to Seattle since 2012. I have taught Chinese since then and this will be my fifth year with the Bellevue School District. I am very excited about the new school year and I am fully committed to continue my passion to teach and to educate. I have tremendous respect for the great thinker and educator, John Dewey. His education philosophy focuses on meaningful learning activities and classroom democracy. Learning by doing and development of practical life skills is crucial to children’s education. My teaching center on children’s learning process and not the end result. The end result is important but happy and democratic learning environment can help children gain valuable life experience and provide them with instruments of effective self-direction.
My aspiration is to allow the children to have freedom for development and the ability to discover their hidden potentials. At the same time, I will continue my professional development and give my best effort to the Jing-Mei school community.
Ms. Han Zhang张涵老师 – Second Grade Homeroom 二年级
My name is Han Zhang. Since the first time I came to Bellevue, I have been enthralled by the beautiful scenery, moved by everyone’s compassionate support, and the enthusiasm with which the students approached the Chinese language. As such, I am thrilled to return to Jing Mei Elementary School for my second year.
I grew up in a Chinese province known for its diversity of culture and language. Two years ago, I came to the U.S to continue my post-baccalaureate education and obtained my master degree in Elementary Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My teacher education program provided me great opportunities to work hands-on with students in classroom settings. During this time, I discovered my passion in a dual language instruction while completing an internship at a dual language public school in Cambridge. Thereafter, I pursued my full time practicum in a mainstream public school in Arlington, Massachusetts. I hope to bring my theoretic knowledge obtained from Lesley University and professional experience from teaching in different school settings together to guide students in their academic and emotional development.
The study of language is not just learning to read and write; it is also a portal to learning about and understanding a different culture and tradition. My goal is to build a caring, nurturing, and exciting place of learning where students can grow academically and emotionally. I believe it is essential to foster a climate of high self-esteem, dedication to school and community, and a strong desire for life-long learning. I hope, through our combined efforts, to instill in our children a commitment to learning, critical thinking, curiosity, and desire to be challenged so that they may find joy in learning.
学习语言不仅仅是会读会写，更重要的是能够利用语言学习到另一个民族或国家的文化与传统。我希望能把我的班级建立成一个大家团结友爱，互帮互助，热爱学习的地方。我相信通过我们共同的努力，每位同学都能够在学习，社交等各方面得到成长。 培养出一个自尊自爱，有强烈好奇心氛围的班级。我希望能够通过我的努力引导学生们热爱学习，有批判性思维，并能积极提问，在学习的过程中勇于探索与冒险, 希望每位同学都能成为快乐的学习者。
Ms. Xing Wei 魏星老师 -2nd Grade Homeroom 二年级
Hello! My name is Xing Wei. I am so excited to be part of the Jing Mei community. I was born and raised in Guangdong, China. When I was young, I spoke Mandarin with my parents and spoke Cantonese with my classmates and teachers. I also learned English from my English tutor. I enjoy learning and speaking different languages and I feel proud of being bilingual and biliterate. It definitely shapes my identity and personality.
I obtained my B. ED degree from University of Macau, majoring in Pre-primary Education (3-6 years old). I worked as a full time teacher at a trilingual school during my senior year of college. I have witnessed students making great progress in learning Mandarin and English. To better equip myself as an early childhood educator, I decided to go to Teachers College, Columbia University for my MA degree. Now I am certified as a teacher of Early Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities and Bilingual Education (Birth to Grade 2). Throughout the learning journey in Teachers College, I student taught in different settings, including general kindergarten classroom, bilingual preschool classroom, and self-contained kindergarten/first grade classroom. Teaching in different settings dedicates myself to be a teacher of diverse learners. My goal is to maintain a safe, open, positive and supportive environment so every child can achieve his/her personal potentials at full capacity.
In addition to teaching, I enjoy reading, swimming, hiking as well as playing squash. Having access to all these activities makes Seattle a wonderful place to live! I am also excited and looking forward to a brand new year of learning and growth at Jing Mei!
Ms. Michelle Ma马云溪- 2nd Grade Homeroom 二年级
I am thrilled to be a part of the Jing Mei community as a 2nd grade teacher this year since I genuinely enjoy and feel passionate teaching in a bilingual and multicultural educational environment. Before moving to Washington, I earned my Master’s Degree in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University with New York Teacher Certificates in K-12 Math and Chinese. During my graduate study, I was a part-time middle school Chinese teacher at The Lycée Français de New York. After graduation, I taught Chinese at Stuyvesant High School in New York for one year. This will be my first year at the Bellevue School District, and previously I was teaching K5-8 Mandarin at a NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools) member school in West Seattle for two years. My classroom practice has always been embracing hands-on and inquiry oriented projects, which aims to develop students creative thinking and problem solving skills. Besides, I believe whole heartedly that every child has their own unique talent, so as a teacher, I am fully committed to helping them achieving their potentials.
Outside classroom, I enjoy cooking Chinese dishes and exploring exotic food! I like hiking，skiing and having picnic with friends in a sunny day. But I would also enjoy reading a book myself at home in Seattle raining days!
大家好！我是Michelle, 我非常开心今年能够成为景美小学的二年级老师，因为我真心对双语教育充满激情，并且很享受在一个多文化的教学环境中工作！来到华盛顿州之前，我从哥伦比亚大学获得了教育学硕士学位以及纽约州数学和汉语教师资格证书。攻读硕士学位期间，我在纽约的The Lycée Français 私立中学作兼职的汉语老师。毕业后，我在纽约Stuyvesant公立高中担任了一年的汉语老师工作。今年将是我在Bellevue 学区的第一年任教，在此之前我在西西雅图地区的一所NWAIS联盟私立中学教授两年的汉语和中国文化。我的教室一直以学生们的自主动手实践和探索式学习课题为中心，目的在于培养学生们的创新和解决实际问题的能力。除此之外，我深信每一个孩子都有自己的特长，所以作为老师我致力于帮助孩子们实现他们的潜能。
Ms. Xi Sun 孙希老师 – 3rd Grade Homeroom 三年级
Hello! My name is Xi Sun. I was born and raised in Wuxi, Jiangsu. I have been interested in teaching for a long time. During my college years in ECNU (East China Normal University), I majored in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and minored in applied psychology. After graduating from ECNU, a passion for Chinese teaching led me to New York University, where I earned my M.A in Teaching Chinese and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Before moving to Seattle the summer of 2015, I had more than two years of experience teaching in immersion schools in New York and Denver, and 6 years of part-time teaching experience in New York and Shanghai.
I feel really thrilled and grateful to be part of the Jingmei Community. I’m an energetic, enthusiastic and creative teacher. I enjoy working with children and helping them reach for their dreams. I believe every child should be valued and treated with respect. The educators should empower children and guide them in making positive contributions to our world.
To become a better teacher, I never stop learning and growing. I worked with the Mandarin Matrix and the University of Utah Confucius Institute and developed Dual Language Immersion teaching materials. I am also one of the teacher leader candidates in the Asia Society Teacher Leader Cultivation Program. As an Asia Society teacher fellow, I have created three TEQ instructional videos for Chinese Language teaching. This year, I was nominated board member of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Washington State. Every year, I go to different conferences and apply what I learned into my classroom.
Outside the classroom, I’m also very active. My personal trainer “tortures” me and my husband four times each week. In summer, my husband and I enjoy travelling, hiking, paddle boarding, camping, having bbq parties. In winter, we love skiing, travelling, cooking at home, playing the piano, watching movies, and hotpot parties.
Ms. Julie Jarvis – 3rd Grade Homeroom (English) 三年级 (英文)
Ni-hao! My name is Julie and I am excited to be returning to Jing Mei as the English instruction 3rd grade teacher! I completed my Master of Education and English Language Learner endorsement from University of Washington – Tacoma in June 2014.
I grew up in the small town of Enumclaw, about 45 minutes south of Bellevue and am excited about my new home in the Bellevue area, along with the new friends and neighbors I get to meet. One of the aspects that attracted me to Jing Mei was its mission to provide dual immersion instruction, something that is not found very often in US public schools. I am a firm believer in dual language instruction and believe that it does not hamper a child’s acquisition of another language, but actually can enhance it. That was one of the many reasons that made me add the ELL endorsement to my graduate program before graduating. I believe that each child’s language and culture is an asset, not a hindrance to the classroom. During my college studies and informally on my personal time, I have had the opportunity to study French, Spanish – worked with many Spanish speaking ELLs in my student teaching – Italian, and Albanian –had the opportunity to teach music in Albanian to children as part of a college course. While I know very little Chinese, I am eager to learn more of the language and culture in order to support my students and enhance their learning and to be able to learn more from my students.
My teaching background started formally about nine years ago, when I enrolled in Early Childhood Education courses for a minor program at Southern Virginia University, my undergraduate school where I received a Bachelor of Arts – Music Major. I was able to enhance those education courses with travel study trips to other countries and in private music instruction over the past few years with students. I worked with young toddlers in a preschool program before working in school districts as a substitute, and finally enrolling in my Master program. One of the many reasons I love the teaching field is because I as a teacher actually get to learn from my students! I used to view teaching as a one-way process, but through my experiences have found it is more of a collaborative effort between students and teacher. I love the bright curiosity children are born with and how they are not afraid to see the world from a different perspective.
In addition to teaching, I am involved in the music community by playing harp. I am currently principal harpist for Ensign Symphony and Chorus, a volunteer group that performs in Benaroya Hall; a member of the South Sound Strings Harp ensemble, a gig harpist for weddings and events, and a private harp instructor to students of various ages. I also love using music in my classroom with my students, whether for instruction or for fun and have enjoyed subbing as a music teacher at different elementary schools. In my free time, I enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Washington, traveling and learning about different cultures, reading anything I can get my hands on, and spending time with friends and family. I have loved learning about the Chinese culture over the years and incorporating aspects of it into my own life, whether through celebrating holidays and traditions; learning about the impact of Chinese philosophy, traditions, and family relationships; or playing Chinese folk music on harp for concerts.
I appreciate the welcome I have been given and look forward to getting to know the Jing Mei family and community even more!
Ms. Tiffany Jan– 3rd Grade Homeroom (English) 三年级 (英文)
I was born in Taiwan and moved to Washington in first grade. Throughout my childhood, I moved around quite a bit and went to school in Taiwan, China, and the U.S. During my K-12 education, I was fortunate enough to experience the different cultures and languages. With my personal experience with Chinese culture and bilingualism, I am very excited to join Jing Mei Elementary.
In high school, I’ve always had a enjoyed working with kids. I was a classroom volunteer at Tzu Chi Academy for 4 years, interned with a child counselor at a Montessori, and volunteered at various elementary classrooms. I graduated from University of Washington Bothell with a BA in Community Psychology and a minor in Education. After college, I became an Instructional Assistant at Somerset Elementary. During that year, I had an amazing experience working with the students and staff members that helped me solidify my decision to become a teacher. I completed my student teaching at Eastgate Elementary in a first grade classroom. I graduated with a MA in Teaching from Seattle University with an ELL endorsement.
Ms. Zhi Geng 耿智老师 – Fourth Grade Homeroom (Mandarin) 四年级 (中文)
I was born and raised in central China. Both my two parents are teachers. At a very young age, I developed deep understand of the influence a teacher brings to students. My experience as a language tutor in college prompted me to realize how incredibly fulfilling teaching could be. I decided then to devote my career in education and to help students develop the most important tool for communication—language. I came to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in education at University of Pennsylvania. Fortunately, being immersed to the two cultures helped me realized the benefits of knowing the other side of the world and being internationally-minded through learning another language. I would like to pass these benefits on to my students and help them develop to be kind, understanding and accomplished global citizens in the future.
Mr. Eric Huang – 4th Grade Homeroom (Mandarin) 四年级 (中文)
I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. I came to the U.S. to pursue an undergraduate degree in 2003 and have obtained three graduate degrees since. After receiving my first masters’ degree at the University of Hawaii, I worked for the University of Hawaii for six years to develop, design, and promote online courses. While working for the University of Hawaii, I developed an interest in teaching Chinese language and decided to get my second masters’ degree in Chinese language. Before I joined the Jing Mei family, I was teaching 4th and 5th grades STEM at Kirkwood Elementary School in Toppenish. This year (2016-17) will be my second year teaching in K-12 education.
I enjoy travel, food, and cultural events in my free time. I also love outdoor activities and am eager to explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am very excited to join Jing Mei and share my experience as well as learn from my fellow teachers to provide our students a culturally and academically rich learning environment.
台北，台湾出生长大的我，在２００３年来到美国求学。取得的大学学位之後，我继续攻读了三个硕士学位。在夏威夷大学取得了第一个硕士学位之後，我在夏大工作了六年致力於研发，设计以及推展网路课程。当中，我开始对中文教学发展出兴趣所以决定攻读中文硕士。在加入景美这个大家庭之前，我在Toppnish 学区的 Kirkwood 小学教四年级及五年级的数学与科学。下个学年（２０１６－１７）将是我在小学教学领域的第二年。
Ms. Kristine Guadiz – 4th grade Homeroom Teacher-四年级
I was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia. I have always had a deep love for learning languages which drove me to receive my Bachelor of Education through U.B.C.’s French Immersion B.Ed. program. I later received my Master of Science in Education from Walden University.
Growing up as a Filipino-Canadian, I was surrounded by and embraced the many cultures that my neighborhood, school, extra-curricular and work communities consisted of. Because of this, and after developing a love for travel right after high school (I’ve traveled to over 10 countries so far and look forward to many more!), I realized that being able to communicate with others in their native languages, and building relationships with people from all cultures and backgrounds was why I loved to travel so much. I have also been a piano teacher for 18 years and continue to love playing the piano as one of my favorite past-time activities. Through this one-on-one, individualized instruction, combined with a love for travel, I further realized that teaching was the avenue that I was meant for and that building relationships with my students was how I would be able to make a difference in my classroom.
In August of 2001, I moved to Washington State to teach. This is my 16th year of teaching in public education and I am thrilled to be a part of the Jing Mei community – one who also deeply values culture and language development as I do! In my spare time, I love to take ballet classes, train for half-marathons, ski, play volleyball, basketball, tennis, read, cook and travel with her husband and daughter. I also speak fluent French and conversational Spanish. As Jing Mei’s Special Education Resource Room teacher, my goal is to help equip students with special needs with the skills and knowledge they need to feel and be successful learners and citizens in their classroom and school community.
Ms. Hui-Chen Hsiung 熊慧珍老师 – 5th Grade Homeroom (Mandarin) 五年级 (中文)
This will be my third year teaching at Jing Mei Elementary School. I have enjoyed being in the community and watched the children grow and learn. Before joining Jing Mei, I taught in the Mandarin Immersion Program at Ben Franklin Elementary School in Vancouver Washington. I taught classes from Kindergarten to 2nd grade for four years. This experience had allowed me to practice various teaching strategies in language acquisition. I was amazed by how much potential each child has within himself in learning more than one language.
I came to the United States in 2006 from Taiwan for my graduate study in Education with a focus on Montessori Education. Upon receiving my degree, I worked as a preschool Montessori teacher and Chinese teacher in New York. Because of my husband’s job relocation, we settled in the west coast. After two years of study in Elementary Education at City University of Seattle, I was officially on my journey of fulfilling my passion to Mandarin teaching.
Aside from work, I enjoy cooking, hiking and spending time with my family. Having two children of my own has taught me to pay more attention and be patient to each child’s developmental need, as well as to help children discover their strengths and interests in learning. I truly believe that love is the fundamental element of every motivation. Guiding children to love and learn is one of a teacher’s most important responsibilities. I strive my best to foster such environment for children to grow. I look forward to the year of learning, enrichment and growth with the community.
今年是我在景美小学任教的第三年。在加入景美小学之前，本人曾任教于华盛顿州南方温哥华镇的一所中文沉浸式小学, Franklin Elementary School, 担任幼儿园至二年级的中文教师。 在那所小学教书的那四年，让我体认到儿童对于第二外语学习的无尽潜能及大脑心智的良善发展。 作为一名教师，在教学相长的过程中，也更确认了自己从事教职的终身志业。
Ms. Ellen Pederson- 5th Grade Homeroom (English) 五年级 (英文)
I have lived in Washington for most of my life, growing up in Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula. My experiences as a student in public schools inspired me to pursue teaching, and I am thrilled to join the Jing Mei community as a 5th Grade English teacher.
While getting my B.A. at Brown University in Rhode Island, I had the opportunity to work with children as a literacy tutor and as a dance coach. Upon moving to Seattle after graduation, I began volunteering as a nutrition and cooking instructor. Seeing my students gain confidence and life skills was the push I needed to become a classroom teacher. I received my M.A. in Teaching from Seattle University and am proud to have taught 4th and 5th grade students in Seattle-area public schools. My mission as an educator is for all students to feel empowered as learners and as community members — my students understand how their work in school impacts their relationships and lives outside the classroom. As a literacy instructor I know that all students can become strong, passionate readers, but that every child has their own unique path toward meeting this goal. I am here to offer the support and guidance students need on their journeys as readers and writers.
Outside the classroom, I enjoy exploring the world through hiking, eating, traveling, and (of course) reading. I look forward to learning more about Chinese language and culture at Jing Mei!
Ms. Dongmei Tan 谭冬梅老师 – ITCL (Instructional Technology & Curriculum Leader)
My learning experience from schools engraved a strong educational philosophy that has remained with me throughout my life. My teachers made an essential influence on my life and inspired me to pursue my career as an educator who can make a positive impact on my students’ life. Growing up speaking three different dialects in Chinese and learn English in school, multilingualism is always part of my life, and I strongly believe in bilingual/multilingual education. I finished my education degree in City University of New York majoring in elementary education. Then I pursued my master degree in K-12 ELL education and also did continue education to obtain additional teaching endorsement in K-12 Chinese World Language and National Board Certification in General Education. Before coming to Seattle, I taught in a Dual Language public school in Manhattan for elementary levels. When Jing Mei started at our own site in 2013, I joined Bellevue School District and started to teach in Jing Mei as a classroom teacher. In 2015, I started to serve our students and teachers as an ITCL (Instructional Technology and Curriculum Leader). It is an honor to work at Jing Mei to see our students go through this Dual Language program and become a biliterate, bilingual, and global citizen of the 21st century.
以前的在校学习和实践经验让我一生受用，所有教育过我的老师对我都有重要影响力, 从而让我开始追求成为一名教育者的职业生涯。 从小时候开始，我就学会讲三种中文方言，另外在小学的时候开始接触英文。语言的学习一直在我的生命中占了重要的位置，让我一直对双语教学抱有信心和热忱。我毕业于纽约市立大学，主修小学教育。后来经过进修，我得到了ELL（英文作为第二语言）的硕士学位，NBCT小学的全国教师执照和K-12的世界语中文教学执照。在来到西雅图之前，我在纽约曼哈顿区的一家双语公立小学任教。2013年的暑假，景美从一个双语课程变成了一间小学，我也在那一年加入了景美小学担任一位班主任。在2015年，我很荣幸可以成为ITCL (Instructional Technology and Curriculum Leader 教学科技和教材领头人) 为景美的老师和学生们服务, 而看到每一位学生在双语的课程中蜕变为21世纪的双语社会公民！
Ms. Monica Lo- K-12 Mandarin Dual Language Developer
My name is Monica Lo and I am honored to be part of the team at Jing Mei Elementary for the third year. I was born and raised in Taiwan until age thirteen before coming to Seattle. I have also lived in Shanghai and Hangzhou. Prior to coming to Jing Mei, I taught and developed the Mandarin program at Eastside Catholic School. I also taught middle school and high school English for a total of five years for the Highline School District and Eastside Catholic School. Before this, I taught English Language Arts in Hangzhou and Shanghai. I strongly believe that bilingualism is an essential skill of the 21st century, especially when it involves a powerful and historical language—Mandarin. I am ecstatic to work for such a progressive dual immersion school that continues to foster our students in a linguistically, cognitively, and creatively challenging environment, and I look forward to showing our students the powers that lie in bilingualism.
你好，我叫Monica Lo, 中文名字是罗双。我很荣幸能够加入景美小学。今年是我在Bellevue学区的第三年。我出生在台湾，十三岁那年搬到西雅图。我也曾今在上海和杭州来回住过一年。来景美小学前，我帮东区天主教学校创建它们现在的中文课程及教材，也同时教导中学和高中班的中文和英文课。在这之前，我在Highline 学区的高中教了两年的英文，也曾在上海和杭州教过中文和英文。我深信，双语能力是二十一世纪的一项基本技能，尤其当学生们学习这一个拥有那么多历史和影响力的语言—中文；他们会了解中文和英文是互补互成的。我很高兴能和老师和学校合作，帮助景美双语学校继续培养我们的学生在语言，认知，和创造性上，面对这充满挑战性的学习环境。我也很期望学生们最终能了解到双语能力的优势。
Mrs. Eve Chan 汤依文老师– ELL/ELD Facilitator
My name is Eve Chan and I’m excited to start my fourth year at Jing Mei as the English Language Learner (ELL) Facilitator. I began in the Bellevue District as an ELD instructor at Sherwood Forest. I’m originally from Denver, CO where I received my Master’s in Curriculum and Development for Linguistically Diverse Education and my Bachelor’s in Linguistics (with an emphasis in Spanish literature). As a Chinese-American, I am inspired and constantly in awe of the strength and dedication each student and family has to become life-long learners and culturally competent members of the community. I look forward to another fruitful year collaborating with classroom teachers, staff members, students, and family.
Aside from work, I love exploring the outdoors, reading YA novels, playing PC and board games, and fighting injustices – one story at a time (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg).
Ms. Qiaoyu Tao – Resource Room Teacher
My name is Qiaoyu Tao and I was born and raised in China, where I earned a Bachelor degree in English major from Jilin Normal University. I have always had a deep love for education. Therefore, I came to USA in 2009 to continue learning in education and received my Master degree in special education. I taught at a k-12 Chinese immersion charter school in Boston area as their special education resource room teacher and liaison for two years. I have been able to deliver the individualized education instruction in both English and Chinese since then. In August of 2013, I moved to Washington state to teach. This is my fifth year of teaching in Bellevue school district and I am thrilled to be part of the Jingmei community. Aside from work, I love to read, watch movies and walk around the green lake during weekends. I look forward to working with students, teachers and families in my new role as Jingmei’s resource room teacher.
Andrea Hanson– Guidance Counselor
Hello! My name is Andrea Hanson. I am very excited to be the new school counselor at Jing Mei Elementary. I’m from Gig Harbor, Washington and recently moved to Burien with my husband and dog Rupert. I received my Bachelors in Social Welfare at University of Washington Tacoma and my Masters of Education in Professional School Counseling at City University of Seattle. Before joining Jing Mei, I worked at Children’s Home Society as a family educator. I had the privilege of supporting families and students with resources, educational guidance and counseling. I also facilitated an after school program for elementary students to promote self-confidence and giving speeches. During my school counseling program, I interned at Cascade Middle School. My time at Cascade was cherished as I further learned my technique and philosophy for school counseling.
My goal as a school counselor is to focus on students individual strengths and how I can best support their individual needs. I am looking forward to working in a dual language school, getting to know every student and supporting their overall academic and social-emotional wellbeing.
Aside from school counseling, I love traveling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Allison Shultz-School Psychologist
I am originally from Texas, and moved to Seattle about two years ago. I fell in love with the weather, views, and culture of the PNW, and immediately knew this was my home! This is my third year in the Bellevue School District, and my fourth year in my career. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, and my Specialist degree in School Psychology from Sam Houston State University. This year, I will be working at Wilburton Elementary, Puesta del Sol Elementary, and Jing Mei Elementary!
In my work, I strive to identify ways to use students’ strengths to balance and support their weaknesses. I also enjoy helping teachers adapt or modify instruction to support student success, particularly as it relates to behavior and social/emotional learning. I believe in promoting inclusion for students with disabilities, and am excited to learn more about the intersection of this with language immersion.
Outside of work, I enjoy ceramics, reading, baking, paddle boarding, and traveling. I also love to play with my sweet little Maltese mix, Oliver.
Ms. Daphne Tu- School Nurse
Ni Hao! I was born and raised in Taiwan. As a young adult, I came to the U.S. as an international student to pursue my undergraduate degree in Nursing. Like many second language learners, I struggled and faced many language-related challenges along the way. I have since attained a Master in Education, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology.
I am excited to return to Jing Mei for my third year as the school nurse. It’s exciting to not only witness but also be a part of the school’s change and growth over the years. Prior to joining Bellevue School District, I worked at various departments in the hospital setting, ranging from the E.R to long term care. In addition, I have worked at Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Public Health Department of King County. As a nurse, I am a true believer of “yu fong xeng yu zi liao” (an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure). I am also convinced that being healthy encompasses more than just physical health but also includes social, emotional and psychological well-being. I look forward to another great year and the opportunity to work with Jing Mei community!
Ms. Elizabeth D’ Antonio – Art Specialist
Hello and welcome to a wonderful new school year! I am Elizabeth D’Antonio, Art Specialist at Jing Mei and Ardmore Elementary. You can also call me Yishu Laoshi! It is my first year working in the Bellevue School District and I’m so excited to create and grow along with all of my amazing students. Before moving to Washington, I earned my BFA with Emphasis in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my MA from the University of Chicago. I have taught in the Chicago Public School system, in private schools, museums, galleries, and community organizations for over ten years. This year, I will complete my PhD from University College London. My main focus is STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) and discovering how to best help every student learn by connecting all subject areas. It was the arts that helped me love learning – and I want to make sure every student has the opportunity to unlock their creative potential!
I live in Tacoma with my husband and tiny zoo of two retired racing greyhounds, two cats, and three ducks. We love our new home in the Pacific Northwest and spend a lot of time outside enjoying nature (when it isn’t raining)! I could not be more proud to be a part of the Jing Mei community!
Ms. Carrie Lin 林玲秀老師 – Library Specialist 图书馆老师
Raised in Taiwan, I have been teaching Chinese since 2003 while I was studying in Japan as an international student. I find it incredibly fulfilling to introduce children to this language, and to make learning Mandarin as fun as possible. Over the years, I finished a B.A degree in Japanese literature and culture. I also obtained my Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Certificates in Taiwan and my teaching certificates in K12 world language and general elementary education in Washington State. I earned my master’s degree in learning and technology, and continue to pursue ongoing professional development and attend educational conferences to ensure your child is receiving the highest quality education.
During my free time, I enjoy playing piano, listening to music, reading and chatting with friends in a coffee shop. Going to gym to do yoga and Zumba classes are my new hobbies acquired during the summer. I really hope I can find some time to try out stand up paddle boarding. However, the thing I enjoy the most is to spend time with my husband and daughter. This is me, and I can’t wait to know more about you.
I love teaching! My mission as a teacher is to help children discover the joy of learning and to help each child develop confidence in his or her own abilities. I want them to do their best and to have a sense of pride in doing their personal best. I am thrilled to explore all kinds of fun ways to learn and I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your child.
Mr. Rob Lindfors – Music Specialist, Orchestra Teacher
I was born in Sweden and grew up in the capital Stockholm (sometimes called the Venice of the North, due to the many waterways in the city). My mother came from the north of Sweden. My favorite childhood memories are of frequent stays at the family farm she grew up on. My father served in the Swedish Air Force and then flew for SAS (Scandinavian Airlines). Just before I turned ten, we moved to Seattle, my father having taken a job with United Airlines. My father’s father (farfar) lived in Vancouver, B.C., where my father had grown up (in a Swedish household) before returning to Sweden at thirteen with his mother. My farfar published and edited the Swedish Press, distributed throughout North America.
I love teaching music! I began playing guitar in 3rd grade in Sweden. After moving to the United States, I began taking guitar lessons in 5th grade (my 2nd year in the U.S.) while attending Bellewood Elementary in 5th & 6th grade (it has been fun teaching at Jing Mei these last two years in the same school building I once attended). I started teaching guitar in high school, and have continued giving private guitar lessons my entire life. I have often taught young students, and have great memories of students who excelled at the instrument. In high school, my favorite classes were music classes. I met my wife Lise (of Norwegian descent), a fellow music student, in college. We both attended Bellevue College, then Western Washington University in Bellingham, where I majored in music performance, and my wife majored in music education. She now works as an elementary school librarian in the Renton School District.
Upon graduating from college I often performed in jazz bands around town, did some music studio work, taught guitar privately, worked in a record store (Tower Records), and occasionally taught evening music classes at Bellevue College. Later I was hired as a sales rep for a music distribution company, Polygram (later merged with Universal), where I worked for many years. After leaving music sales, I returned to college to be certified to teach music in public schools, obtaining a Master of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University.
Leaving the field of sales in order to focus on teaching has been most fulfilling. I have taught guitar, piano, orchestra, and composing classes part-time in the Bellevue School District since 2001. This year is my third year of teaching elementary classroom music (K-4), and working with these young students has been especially rewarding for me. I am very pleased to return to Jing Mei as my home school (while this year also teaching orchestra at Bennett Elementary and Odle Middle School). I love seeing the same students year after year, watching them progress musically.
My wife Lise and I greatly enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, and playing music. She plays violin and guitar; I play guitar, piano, and cello. I have a jazz band called Brazz, which performs American jazz standards and Brazilian jazz. It consists of voice, guitar, acoustic bass, and drums, though the singer and I also perform just as a duo. We perform in various locations around town, including at Crossroads this December.
When I first began school in the United States, in fourth grade, I knew few English words (English was not taught in Swedish schools until fourth grade), so I had to learn it by immersion that school year. I strongly believe in Jing Mei’s dual language program, which provides such a wonderful opportunity for a student to become bilingual.
Mr. Nick Lombardo- PE(Health and Fitness) Specialist
Tanya Schneider – Band Teacher
Mr. Mike Ngo – Head Custodian (Day)
I am married and has 2 children. My 2 children go to shool in the Bellevue School District. I have been employed in the Bellevue School District for over 9 years. I have worked at sever different schools, including Newport High for 3 years, International School for 3 years and 1 year at Stevenson Elementary. I can Speak Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnames.
我已婚，有两个孩子。我孩子正在Bellevue学区上学。我在Bellevue学区工作了七年多。我曾经在几个不同的学校工作，包括在Newport High 工作了三年，在国际学校三年，Stevenson小学一年。我可以讲普通话，广东话和越南话。
Mr. Bill Price- Custodian (Night)
Mr. Bill is a retired baker of 31 years. He is a proud father of a son who is a Corrections Officer in the Department of Criminal Justice. Mr. Bill enjoys music and sports. Go Seahawks!
Ms. Lihua Wu- General School Assistant
I was born and raised in mainland China. I graduated from China Normal University in China. I obtained my teaching license in China and I have been a secondary school teacher for ten years. I move to Bellevue in 2008. I have been a Chinese teacher for three years in Bel-Red Bilingual Academic School and one year in Northwest Chinese School, I teach level from K to 3th grade.
This year is my third year in Jing Mei as an IA/EA. I am thrilled to be a part of the Jing Mei. I am passionate and very much enjoy working in a bilingual and multicultural educational environment.
I enjoy cooking Chinese dishes and travel with my family in my free time.
Ms. Chen Ling- General School Assistant
Hello, my name is Chen Ling, from Anhui, China. I got BA and MA in English Education from China and MPH from New York State University. I came to US in 2005 and worked in Seattle and bay area. I have been teaching students at various ages (from preschool to high school) with diverse cultures. Being a teacher is my dream. I love the feeling of achievement and enthusiasm when I stay with kids, teaching and sharing their growth.
It is my honor to join in JINGMEI, such a creative two-way immersion school. I am so proud to work for the spread of Chinese language culture and will try my best to serve for more families with our team.
大家好，我叫凌晨，来自中国安徽，英语教育本科和硕士学位。 2005年来美就读于纽约州立大学。 毕业以来，一直从事双语教育工作，在西雅图和旧金山湾区分别担任过从幼儿园至高中的中文老师。老师一直是我的梦想职业，我喜欢在讲台上授业解惑的满足和学生们共同成长的热情。
Ms. Yan Zhu- General School Assistant
Ms. Li-Chuan Miau- General School Assistant
I am Li-Chuan Miau, for the 2017-2018 school year. At Jing Mei Elementary School, I will be working as a General Instructional Assistant. It is a pleasure of mine to be a part of Jing Mei!
I was raised and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. Teaching has always been my dream job and although education was not my major, I was able to experience it in many different areas of my career. In 1994, I immigrated to the United States with my family, and moved back to Taiwan in 1999. In 2004 I moved back to Seattle again. With my three children joining the local Chinese school, I began to participate in the administrative work of Chinese school administration, and then joined the ranks of teaching. I have also served as the Substitute Education Assistant in the Issaquah and Bellevue School District. With the new school year, I will help teachers to create a safe and inspiring learning environment.
When I have leisure time, I like reading, walking, traveling, spending time with friends, and participating in the church services. As a believer of Christ, I believe it is my goal to benefit and better help the community. I am very excited to be a part of the Jing Mei community!
我是魏麗荃, 2017-2018學年將參與景美小學助教的工作, 很榮幸能成為景美小學的一員; 我生長及受教於台灣, 教學一直是我的志向, 雖然在求學期間並沒有走上教育的專業, 但在職場上一直擔任解說, 展示及教導的工作. 1994年隨先生移居到西雅圖, 1999年又搬回台灣, 2004年再次遷回西雅圖,因著孩子的中文教育, 開始參與中文學校教務行政工作, 進而加入了教學的行列, 平日也擔任Issaquah 學區及Bellevue學區代課助教的工作, 新的學期有機會加入景美的行列, 將致力協助老師締造一個安全,鼓舞啟發潛能的學習環境.
我閒暇的時候, 喜歡看書, 踏青,旅遊, 與朋友們相敍,參與教會的服務,基督信仰是我的主要人生觀, 成為別人得祝福的管道是我一生努力的方向.
Ms. Wang Di- General School Assistant
I was born and raised in Beijing, China and view Malaysia as my second hometown.
I completed my undergraduate study in Beijing Foreign Studies University with a very uncommon major—-Malay Language and Literature. The passion for this major brought me to my Master’s study at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Here, I greedily learnt Indonesian and Tagalog. I also systematically studied the history and literature of maritime Southeast Asia and completed a research paper on identity issue of overseas Chinese in Dutch East Indies. During my study in Madison, I also tried to unlock my artistic and creative potential.
I joined Jing Mei Elementary after moving to Seattle. I contributed my ability in illustration and produced a number of educational posters and instructional tools for students here in learning Chinese, English, Math and Social Studies. And I felt more grateful that I helped design our Phoenix Ticket, Chinese New Year T-shirt and First Year Graduates T-shirt!
I spent most of my spare time on drawing and reading! I am a member in Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator and now doing my own picture book this year. I also love hiking, travelling and photographing. My next stop is the summit of Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Malaysia!
Ms. Jennifer Lee- General School Assistant
Ms. Lisa Okahata-Paraeducator
Zhang Qiu-Xian-Kitchen Manager
Hello, my name is Qiu-Xian Zhang. I am from Guang-Zhou, China. I have three sons who graduated from Newport. I enjoy going on walks and gardening. This will be my 13th year working for the Bellevue School District Nutrition Services. I previously worked at Tyee, Newport, and Central Kitchen. I am excited to begin working at Jing Mei!
大家好！我是张秋娴，我来自中国广州，我有三个儿子，他们都是毕业于Newport高中，平时我的业余爱好是走路和种花，今年是我第十三年在Bellevue school district 的厨房工作，我曾经在Tyee,Newport,and Central kitchen 工作，