Welcome to the 2020-2021 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 belonging 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. In 2016 I returned to Jing Mei as the Principal and this year I start my 14th year working in the Bellevue School District. I am excited to continue to lead Jing Mei and making it a place of learning for all kids, parents, and staff members. The Covid-19 global pandemic will test our community’s resilience but I am confident in our teamwork and know that when we come out of the pandemic we will be a much stronger community!
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. Dongmei Tan 学生院长– Dean of Students
I feel very honored and thrilled to introduce myself as the Dean of Students of Jing Mei Elementary School.
I was born and grew up in southern China, Guangdong. I moved to Brooklyn, NY, with my family when I was in High School. My own multi-language learning experience, school, and life experience in two countries gave me different perspectives of the public school systems, where it starts to shape the way I want to teach and lead to reach educational justice and equity.
When I started to teach about 12 years ago, I served as a teacher for teaching Chinese World Language and English as Second Language courses in a community center in Lower Manhattan in NYC. Then I transitioned into a dual-language K-8 school P.S. 148 as a classroom teacher. In 2013, I had the pleasure of joining Jing Mei community as a classroom teacher when we started in the Bellewood where we started our own site as a new school. Since leaving the classroom, I have worked as an Instructional Technology and Curriculum Leader (ITCL) at Jing Mei. In the previous school year, I served as an instructional mentor in the Teaching and Learning Department for new and novice teachers in ten different elementary schools across the district. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to apply for this new role and return to serve Jing Mei Community, which always has a special place in my heart.
Due to COVID 19 global pandemic, this incoming school year is going to be different and very special in many ways for all of us because we will embark on a new way of doing education. This year presents us with an excellent opportunity to come together as a community to serve our students in positive and innovative ways. We are not able to control what COVID 19 brings to us, but we have control of how and what our students’ experience looks like in this school year. All your voices, including students, families, and staff, are vital to my work. Please remember that I am just one email or phone call away! (My door will be open for you when school reopens!)
We are stronger together! I can’t wait to meet all of you and get to know you more! I am looking forward to working with you all and Mrs. B. in making this a wonderful school year!
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.
Ms. Naomi Yen-Office Secretary
Ms. Elaine Yin – Kindergarten Homeroom 幼儿园
Hi all! My name is Ling Yin, and you can call me Elaine. I am from Jiangsu Province, China. Born and raised in a small town in Taizhou, I am fluent in two dialects and Mandarin. Started to learn English when I was in 5th Grade, I eventually majored in English Language and received my Bachelor’s degree from Nanjing Normal University. I had been teaching English in Shenzhen, Guangdong for 5 and a half years, and my students were mostly 3 to 12 years old. After I moved to Seattle, I started off as teaching Mandarin as a part time job. Later, I finished Elementary Teacher Preparation Program at University of Washington and received my Master’s degree in teaching. I like to work with my students and their caretakers closely. All of my prior experience laid a solid foundation for me to be a better teacher. I like to work with my students and their caretakers closely and believe that all kids are teachable. My favorite quote is that where there is a well, there is a way!
Ms. Min-Shu Hung-Turner- Kindergarten Homeroom 幼儿园
Hello, my name is Min-Shu Hung-Turner. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, and came to the United States in 1987 to attend college at Iowa State University. I earned my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from ISU in 1991 and a Master of Education degree from Lesley College in 1998, majoring in Curriculum & Instruction: Creative Arts in Learning. I have been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2010 in the area of literacy for students age 3-12. I have been in public education for twenty-six years. I was a classroom teacher for 19 years, teaching students from kindergarten to 3rd grade. I was an instructional coach at Millennium Elementary in Kent for six years before joining the faculty at Jing Mei Elementary.
I am so glad to be back and to be part of the Jing Mei family this year. Throughout my career as an educator, I have been committed to providing a warm, supportive and engaging learning environment for all my students. As their teacher, I treasure each student’s individual culture and background. I believe that these unique cultures and backgrounds make learning interesting and dynamic. I am looking forward to this brand-new year of learning and growth with all my students and their families!
大家好！我叫洪敏淑。我是在台湾台北出生长大的。我在1987年来到美国爱荷华州立大学(ISU)上大学.我在1991年获得ISU的幼儿教育学士学位,1998年获得莱斯利学院教育硕士学位,主修课程与教学：学习创意艺术。自2010年以来，我持有3-12岁学生的语言领域的国家认证教师执照。我从事公共教育已有二十六年了。我有二十年的课堂教学的经验。我教过从幼儿园到三年级的学生。在加入景美小学之前，我曾在Millennium 小学(Kent School District) 担任六年的教学指导老师。
我很荣幸能在去年加入景美小学这个大家庭。在我作为教育工作者的整个职业生涯中，我致力于为所有学生提供一个温馨，支持和共同参与的学习环。作为他们的老师, 我珍惜每个学生的个人文化和背景。我相信这些独特的文化和背景让学习变得有趣及充满活力。在这个全新的一年, 我期待着与我的所有学生及其家人一起学习和成长.
Ms. Molly Xi 奚沁沁-Kindergarten Homeroom 幼儿园
Hello everyone! I’m honored to be a part of the Jing Mei community. I grew up in Shanghai, China – after finishing my undergraduate degree in finance there, I moved to Seattle to pursue my Master’s in Education, specializing in TESOL. I now live in Issaquah with my husband and two children. I previously taught English to adults as an ESL instructor at Seattle Community College. After becoming a parent, I discovered my passion for teaching children, and began pursuing certification to become an elementary school teacher. I completed my teaching internship in Jing Mei and was attracted by its family-like environment.
I value and respect each student’s distinct cultural and family background with a unique blend of individual traits, preferences, and beliefs. I believe the power of choice inspires students’ learning: students should have choices in learning and presenting their knowledge, since each of us is unique in the way we sense the world and construct knowledge. My goal is to build a classroom where students of many learning styles and abilities can fully engage with the curriculum and become more independent learners.
Some of my favorite hobbies are Chinese calligraphy, painting, exercising and photography, and most of all, spending time with my family.
大家好！我非常荣幸能够加入景美社区。我在中国上海出生长大，大学毕业后来到了西雅图攻读教育硕士。我和我的家人目前居住在Issaquah。我有两个孩子。我曾经在Seattle Community College做成人英文老师，但是做了妈妈以后，我发现我更多的热情在于教育孩子上，所以我转向攻读教师证，希望能成为一名小学老师，我在景美小学完成了我的实习，在这期间被景美小学的家庭氛围所吸引。
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. Dongni Hu胡冬妮-2nd Grade Homeroom 二年级
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. Sandy Huang 黄郁文老师 – Second Grade Homeroom Substitute 二年级
Hello! My name is Sandy Huang. I am from Taiwan. My family immigrated to Canada when I was in 6th grade. I attended colleges in Vancouver, where I obtained my Early Childhood Education Certificate and Montessori training. Then I moved back to Taiwan for a Lead Teacher position at a Montessori school in Taiwan and I was able to spend more time with my parents and grandparents. My husband and I met in Taipei (on a blind date set up by both parents) and after we got married, we moved to Houston for his job and spent few years there. Then we moved back to Seattle, where we can be closer to families. I have two children and one pet bunny. During my spare time, I love to read while sipping my cup of coffee or tea! I also like to travel, spend time with the family, play badminton and softball. Being in the educational field has always been a passion of mine. In the process of raising my two kids, involving in the classes and being a member of the Mentor program for ISF, further solidifies my desire to be in the classroom, where I enjoy teaching and being a part of students’ lives. I joined Tzu Chi Academy, where both my children attended for Chinese class, and started my part-time teaching position as a Chinese/Humanity teacher. Meanwhile, I decided to obtain the elementary education certification in Washington State. I graduated from University of Washington Bothell, with BA in Educational Studies and WA Elementary Teacher Certification and ESOL Endorsement. I student taught in Issaquah and Lake Washington School Districts. Looking back at the days when I visited my relatives in Taiwan, that I was able to communicate in Mandarin/Taiwanese. I was super proud! It made me realize the importance and advantage of knowing different languages and culture. I believe that students’ social and emotional development are just as important as academic achievement. Therefore, I am committed to provide an inclusive classroom where students’ needs are valued. I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of Jing Mei family!
大家好! 我的名字是黄郁文. 我来自台湾. 在我六年级时, 全家移明到加拿大. 在那里我拿到兒童教育和蒙特梭利教学证书. 之後接受一间在台湾的蒙特梭利学校聘请,回到台湾,同时也多能陪伴父母和爷爷奶奶. 在双方父母介绍下和我先生认识, 之后搬到休诗顿, 在那住了好几年. 最后还是搬回西雅图, 离家人进一点. 我有两个孩子和一只宠物兔子. 如果有空时,我喜欢旅行,和家人在一起,打羽球和垒球,看书,喝咖啡. 从事教育是我的热衷和理想, 于是我参予孩子的学习, 学校活动和担任学生的指导师. 并数年在慈济人文学校担任教师的工作. 在这同时,我拿到华盛顿大学教育學的文憑和华盛顿小學教師和外語教師的證書. 之後在 Issaquah 和 Lake Washington 擔任實習老師. 有時回想起當初回台灣時,能夠跟親戚朋友們溝通,讓我深深感受到擁有雙語和了解各地文化的重要性. 我認為孩子們的社會和情感發展跟學术的成就一样重要. 很高兴也很荣幸加入景美,一起营造高品质和彼此尊重的学习环境.
Ms. Sophie Huang 黄韻璇老师 – Second Grade Homeroom 二年级
Hello! My name is Sophie Huang. I am thrilled to be a second-grade teacher this year. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. I had been teaching English in Taipei for five years. In order to develop my professionalism, I came to the US in 1998 and earned a MA in Linguistics from California State University Long Beach, specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language. I was impressed by the diversity and enjoyed teaching in multi-cultural classroom as an ESL instructor in Long Beach City College. I moved to Seattle 7 years ago and I worked as a mandarin teacher in Tzu-Chi Academy. I enjoy teaching and learning with my students very much.
My philosophy of teaching is to treat students as an individuals and inspire them to reach their full potential in a positive, inclusive and stimulating learning environment, as well as helping students achieve global competency by enriching learning and let them become the creators of their own world. I look forward to growing with the Jing Mei community with my enthusiasm.
Outside the classroom, I like doing some crafts and scrapbooking. I also enjoy various activities, such as hiking, Zumba dancing, and sightseeing. I love travelling with my family and eating authentic country food. Travelling around the world is my dream.
Ms. Zhiyin Jin 靳知吟– Second Grade Homeroom 二年级
Hi everyone! My name is Zhiyin Jin. I am from Shanghai, China. I have always wanted to be a teacher since my childhood. When I was little, I arranged my dolls on my bed and played pretend teacher. To make my dream come true, I went to East China Normal University and majored in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. During my senior year, I was an intern in Shanghai American School, where I experienced the U.S. school model, education philosophies and instructions. I was amazed at the learner anatomy that I saw across the campus. My internship there arose my interest in learning about more elementary and secondary education in the U.S. After college, I went to Teachers College, Columbia, where I studied and compared the education system in the U.S. and China, especially in bilingual education field. After graduation, I chose to be a dual language teacher in a public school in New York City. Most of my students spoke another language at home or came from lower-income family. In my five year of teaching life there, I enjoyed connecting with my students and their families and helping my students to be confident in their learning. I am so honored to join the second grade team in Jing Mei. I hope I can help every student to find their strengths in learning and their own learning styles. Outside the classroom, I like hiking and swimming. I am also always ready to try something new, whether it is delicious food or an adventure.
Ms. Han Zhang张涵老师 – Third Grade Homeroom 三年级
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. Xi Sun 孙希老师 – 3rd Grade Homeroom (Mandarin) 三年级（中文）
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). I also holds the certificate for Elementary Education and Library Media. Before moving to Seattle the summer of 2015, I had three 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. Jun. 2021-2022, I will be the president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Washington State.
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 parties with friends. In winter, we love skiing, travelling, cooking at home, playing the piano, watching movies, and hotpot parties. In summer 2019, I had my baby boy Nolan and started my new journey.
Ms. Julie Hughes – 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– 4th Grade Homeroom (English) 四年级 (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. Ling Chen – 4th Grade Homeroom (Mandarin) 四年级 (中文)
Hello, my name is Chen Ling, from Anhui, China. I got my BA in English education and MA in comparative literature and worked as an English teacher for three years in China. I came to the U.S. to pursue my second graduate degree from New York State University in 2005. After the study in City U. of Seattle, I obtained my Washington state elementary school teacher certification. Before I joined the Jing Mei family, I worked as a kindergarten classroom teacher in San Francisco and a mandarin teacher in Northwest Chinese School in Seattle to teach students at 6-8 grades. Being a teacher is my dream. I love the feeling of achievement and enthusiasm when I am teaching and sharing kids’ growth. I believe that each child has unlimited potential if given the greatest patience and confidence.
It is my honor to join in Jing Mei, such a creative two-way immersion school. While working as a GSA in last two years, I have the amazing experience with students and staff members in Jing Mei and developed my understanding of bilingual education which really has great advantages but big challenges at the same time. As a teacher and a parent, I can truly feel the power of cooperation between families and schools. This will be my third year in Jing Mei and the beginning of working as a classroom teacher. I look forward to my journey of learning and growth with our great team and will try my best to help more families.
大家好，我叫凌晨，来自中国风景秀丽的江南-安徽。 获英语教育本科和比较文学硕士学位， 在中国执教过大学基础英语和少儿英语课程。我于2005年来美国，在纽约州立大学获第二硕士学位。通过西雅图城市大学教师培训课程， 获得了华盛顿州小学教师资格证。曾在旧金山湾区私立学校担任过幼儿园主班老师，在西雅图西北中文学校教授6-8年级中文课程。 成为一名老师一直是我的职业梦想。我喜欢在讲台上为学生们授业解惑的满足，享受和孩子们一起努力的热情，感动于他们的每一个进步和成长。用最大的耐心和信心去陪伴，我相信每一个孩子都是潜力无限的宝藏。
Ms. Kristine Guadiz – 4th grade Homeroom Teacher (English)-四年级(英文)
I was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and moved to Washington in 2001 to start teaching. I studied at the University of British Columbia and Université de Trois-Rivières in Quebec, Canada, getting my B.A. in French and Spanish language and literature, then my Bachelor of Education through U.B.C.’s French Immersion B.Ed. program with a focus on bilingual education, and later, my Master in Education from Walden University.
Growing up as a Filipino-Canadian, I was surrounded by and embraced the many cultures of my extended family, neighborhood, school, extra-curricular and work communities. From the age of 6 through my college years, our family had the wonderful privilege of getting to know almost 100 foreign exchange students from around the world. They lived in our home for extended periods of time and each became a part of our family. This helped to develop a love for life-long learning, learning languages, and exploring the world through travel (I have visited over 12 countries so far and look forward to many more!) Early on, I realized that having the ability to communicate with others from around the world in their native tongue if possible, learning about others’ cultures and lives through building relationships and connecting with others in a way that encourages growth, gives them a voice and inspires change, was the kind of person I wanted to help others to be. These experiences, along with teaching the piano for 23+ years and having been impacted by several of my own teachers, have all led to why I love what I do today with my students. I feel blessed to be a part of our Jing Mei community, who too, shares these same values.
This is my 20th year of teaching in public education. I have also taught at the middle school level and in Special Education. I speak French, conversational Spanish and enjoy learning basic mandarin words and phrases. In my spare time, I love to read, be active outdoors, play and watch sports, dance, play the piano, play word games, cook, and explore new places with my husband and 5-year old daughter.
Ms. Hui-Chen Hsiung 熊慧珍老师 – 5th Grade Homeroom (Mandarin) 五年级 (中文)
Hi everyone, my name is Hui-Chen Hsiung. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. Growing up on the beautiful island and learning English since I was in 3rd grade had always made me curious about the Western culture and wanted to explore more about it. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Applied English of Business Management Department in Shih Chien University in Taiwan, I devoted years in teaching English to children from preschool to middle school levels in Taipei. The desire of exploring more on education brought me to the United State to study education at the Loyola University in Maryland. After receiving my master degree of Education and AMI Montessori teacher certificate, I went to New York working as a Montessori preschool teacher and taught Chinese at a Chinese school.
Knowing both paths of Montessori and Chinese teaching, I felt deeply connected to Chinese language teaching and wanted to help more American children acquire Chinese language through my personal language learning experience and knowledge of education for both cultures. This decision motivated me to pursue my teaching K-8 teacher license from Elementary Teaching Program at City University of Seattle. Teaching in a Mandarin Immersion Program for 2 years prior to joining the Dual Language Program at Jing Mei, I feel extremely thankful for the opportunities to have taught most of the elementary grade levels and learning new things with children and about myself. I have witnessed children learning both English and Chinese languages and growing to be confident and open-minded. It’s my pleasure to teaching at Jing Mei for the 8th year. I am humble and excited to be able to serve our students and the community in this new school year.
Besides teaching and being with students, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter and son. We love reading books and playing Legos together. We also appreciate nature a lot. I am especially thankful to my children who are the true inspiration to help me become a better teacher each day!
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. Ariana Taylor- 5th Grade Homeroom (English) 五年级 (英文)
I am so excited to be a 5th grade teacher at Jing Mei this year! Before Bellevue Schools, I taught in Seattle as a 4th and 5th grade teacher. I took a year off to pursue my dreams of being an artist, while being a substitute teacher on the side, but I couldn’t stay away for long. I fell in love with Jing Mei Elementary, and just had to come back to school long term.
I grew up in Duvall, WA, just east of Bellevue and have lived in Washington my whole life. I went to Western Washington University and received my degree in Language, Literacy, and Culture with a minor in TESOL. After that, I taught in France for a bit, and traveled all over Europe before coming home to teach. I have been teaching in Washington ever since.
My philosophy of teaching is that I am not here to just give students knowledge, but more to give them the tools to learn. This way students can find what excites them and continue to learn on their own, long after they leave my classroom. I hope to give students the confidence, independence, and enthusiasm to pursue their dreams in the classroom and beyond.
If I’m not at school, you will probably find me sipping a latte while doing art, playing video or board games with my friends, or traveling the world.
Ms. Kaige Zhang-Gantz- 5th Grade Homeroom (Chinese) 五年级 (中文)
My name is Kaige Zhang-Gantz and this is my second year at Jingmei. I’m thrilled to meet my fifth graders! I have been teaching since I received my Bachelor degree in 2000. I firmly believe that all students have the power to excel and grow in whatever area they put their mind to, no matter their personality, background or learning style. I am happy to apply my knowledge and care in guiding my students every step of the way and helping them achieve their goals.
I was born in Henan province, China, the birthplace of Chinese civilization. Chinese language, culture and art have always been my passion as well as my profession. I have a Masters in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Beijing Normal University and a second Masters in Teaching Chinese as Second Language from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. I have taught for many years in both Chinese and American public schools, which has broadened my cultural perspective and deepened my commitment to my work. I look forward to sharing my experiences with the students of Jingmei.
In my spare time, I like to travel, hike, cycle, ski and camp with my family. I also like quiet moments to myself for practicing calligraphy, arranging flowers and drinking tea.
Ms. Zhi Geng 耿智老师 – ITCL (Instructional Technology & Curriculum Leader)
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.
Ms. Xing Wei 魏星老师 -Multilingual Learner Facilitator多语言学习者促进者
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. Xaviera Huang -Resource Room Teacher 特别教育
Hi, My name is Man U Huang, and I go by Xaviera. I was born and raised in Macau, and attended a bilingual school similar to JingMei from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I grew up speaking Cantonese at home, and Mandarin and English at school. I went to the University of Macau for my bachelor’s degree of English Studies and started learning Korean during my sophomore year. I love learning languages because it introduces me to entire different worlds.
After I graduated from university, I became a High School English Teacher at a secondary school in Macau by happenstance. Teaching was not the dream job I wrote about when I was a child writing “I would like to be … when I grew up.” However, after being a teacher for a year, I realized I love teaching. I felt a great sense of accomplishment seeing students’ growth and achievements, and how they were positively influenced by me as an educator. I then flew all the way to the United States where I had no friends and family. My first job was serving English Language Learners in the Bilingual Orientation Program, they were students who just arrived in America and couldn’t speak any English. Some of those students also had special needs. I was amazed and impressed by western education philosophies and how teachers here work together and dedicate themselves to facilitating students’ learning and guiding them to overcome difficulties.
Throughout my career as a teacher, I have had a lot of opportunities to work with students who have special needs. That’s what attracted me to the Teaching Certificate Program for getting my Special Education and Elementary Education endorsements. I finished my internship in a First Grade General Education Classroom and Resource Room at Kimball Elementary School. This is my first year in Special Education, I’m very excited to start my new journey with the Jing Mei community, and provide services to students and help them learn how to reach their full potential in a safe, fun, and motivating environment based on a growth mindset.
Ms. Andrea Hanson– Guidance Counselor
My name is Andrea Hanson and this is my third year supporting students at Jing Mei. I grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington and now reside in Burien with my family. I received my Bachelor’s in Social Welfare at University of Washington Tacoma and my Master of Education in School Counseling at City University of Seattle. Before joining Jing Mei, I worked at Children’s Home Society as a family educator, 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 was able to see the progression of students skills in presenting and speaking up. During my school counseling program, I interned at Cascade Middle School in White Center which further shaped my approach to school counseling.
As a school counselor, I use a strength-based approach when working with students. I strive to instill tools that will benefit students with their social-emotional well-being and academic learning. I strive to be anti-racist in the work I do and serve through an equity lens of what is best for each student individually, considering their background, family values, ethnicity, language, culture, and race. I feel very lucky to be a part of the Jing Mei community and look forward to supporting all student’s educational success.
Ms. Linda Wang 王老师-School Psychologist心理学指导
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 continue as the school nurse at Jing Mei. 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 the 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.
Ms. Marnie Kazarian Olson-PE (Health and Fitness) Specialist (M)
Hello! My name is Marnie Kazarian Olson and I will be the Health and Fitness specialists for our students on Monday. This will be my sixth year with the Bellevue School District and I look forward to continue providing students with opportunities and resources to be physically literate learners in their walk of life. I firmly believe in activating one’s star power and promoting lifelong fitness. Growing up in Hawaii, I have grown to miss the saltiness of the air and the invigorating rush from the tradewinds, but I must admit that the mountains of Washington were calling and have made me feel at home. I am a graduate of Gonzaga University (Go Zags!) where I earned my certification to teach Health and Fitness K-12, Elementary General Education, as well as English Language Arts. When I’m not on the lake cutting through the water with my wakeboard, I lace up my tennis shoes and coach for Girls on the Run. Race you to the gym!
Ms. 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。
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. 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. Esther White-General School Assistant
Hello, l am Esther White. My Chinese name is Yeung Sook Yee. I was born and raised in Hong Kong, China. After I graduated from the National Taiwan Normal University which is a teachers’ training institution, l taught English and Chinese in Hong Kong elementary schools. I moved to Bellevue, WA, in 1996, and have been working for the Bellevue School District since 2012.
Before joining Jing Mei as a GSA (General School Assistant) for the year 2020-2021, I had worked in Cherry Crest Elementary School as an assistant teacher (Early and Extended Learning Program) for 5 years. I am so excited that l can be part of Jing Mei and work with all the great teachers here. I love to study languages and enjoy helping students who are in dual language programs.
I have two daughters and my favorite hobbies are family outings, playing musical instruments (piano, guitar and guzheng), dancing (Chinese folk dance) and gardening.
Life is a continuous learning experience to me. Right now, I am studying early childhood education in college and l am looking forward to making a positive contribution to Jing Mei.
大家好， 我是杨淑仪。 我在中国香港出生和长大。我从国立台湾师范大学毕业后，我曾在香港小学教授英语和汉语。 我于1996年移居华盛顿州贝尔维尤，自2012年以来一直在贝尔维尤学区工作。
在加入景美担任2020-2021年的GSA（普通学校助理）之前，我曾在Cherry Crest小学担任助理老师（早期幼儿和扩展学习计划）五年。 我很高兴能成为景美的一分子，并与这里所有优秀的老师一起工作。 我喜欢学习语言，并乐于帮助参加双语言课程的学生。
Ms. Shuo Gao-General School Assistant
我也非常喜欢这里的自然环境。在女儿出生后，我带她一起在自然中学习和体验，也重新理解了中国传统文化中很多与自然之道有关的智慧。也是因为要教导女儿，我一直很喜欢做与教育相关的工作。我曾经做过preschool teacher，在服务于华裔家庭青少年的非盈利机构Little master club做环境教育相关内容的志愿服务。
It’s my pleasure to be part of JingMei at the end of 2020!I grew up in Beijing,worked in Administration management for more than 10 years after I graduated from College. Before moving to Washington with my family in 2015 ,I had never left there. At the moment I settled down here, everything in Washington made me recalling the style in my hometown, peace and joy,especially for the nature part.
My daughter and me spend most of time at outdoor learning and playing when she was in preschool age.It helps me getting deep into traditional Chinese culture, particuly in wisdom drawing from nature.Because of raising my daughter, following my passion as well, I devoted myself to explore the education 8 year ago. I had been work as a preschool teacher, volunteer in a None-profit organization,Little Masters Club which serves for Chinese Youth and family.
Other than this,my hobby grows never stop.I’m enjoy learning traditional Chinese medicine recently.
Ms. Qiongyu (Vera) Pan-General School Assistant
I was born and raised in Shanghai. I watched as the world became more and more international and the need for cross cultural understanding grew. I graduated from the Shanghai Normal University and did further studies at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. I spent 13 years working with Multinational Companies helping cross-culture development as a Data Analyst and later as Sourcing ensuring the successful procurement of many of the product. After successfully leading projects at companies like The Home Depot and General Motors, longing for a change, I decided to move with my husband and two kids to the USA.
Becoming a mother and watching my own children firsthand struggle with bilingualism, I became more and more fascinating with how people learn in general and particularly languages. I started slowly first volunteering as a school helper at my children’s bilingual preschool. I then spent two years home schooling my kids in both English and Chinese. I decided then to make a career change to become an educator focusing on teaching/tutoring young minds in the Chinese Language and Culture.
Recently as a substitute GSA, I had the opportunity to engage with many levels of students each with wonderful stories, curiosity and background. I am excited and committed to help students at Jingmei to realize their full potential, to discover how to best communicate their ideas, their fears, and their passions. I appreciate the opportunity that Jingmei has given me to be an influence on their lives in such a unique environment.
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere”
Thank you and may we all realize our dreams!
我出生并成长于中国上海。随着生活和工作阅历的增长，我体会到这世界变得越来越国际化，和对跨文化交流需求的不断增长。我毕业于上海师范大学，之后在新西兰怀卡托大学深造。在跨国公司（Home Depot 和 General Motors）的13年工作经历中，我曾担任过数据分析师，后来转行从事了采购。在2019年为了改变，我决定与丈夫和两个孩子一起搬到美国生活。
Ms. Tina Xia-General School Assistant
Ms. Nicole Marshalek-General School Assistant
Ms. Sharon Yu- 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，