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!

Go Phoenix!

Ms. Vicky Mai 麥清榆辦公主任 – Office Manager

VMIt 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.

非常开心能成为景美家庭的一份子。我於中国出生,在十嵗的时候移民到西雅图。从此,我对中文的兴趣提高了,亦渐渐开始欣赏中国文化。回忆着中国点点滴滴的经历和时常从家人口中听到的有趣故事,我希望对中国有一份更加深入的了解。在大学时,我继续探讨和研究中国历史,文化,语言和人民。我于2013年毕业於华盛顿大学中国语言文学系,社会系和亚洲研究系。就学时,我在课外时间从事两份学生助理的工作,不但充实了自己,更加丰富了我的工作经验。我希望在未来的日子里可以尽自己最大的努力,为校长,老师,家长,学生和社会服务

 

Ms. Naomi Yen-Office Secretary

 

Ms. Elaine Yin  – Kindergarten Homeroom 幼儿园

各位好!我叫殷玲,来自中国的江苏省。出生在泰州的一个小城镇,我从小就说两种方言和普通话。小学五年级开始学习英语,到大学本科研习英语专业,我积累了很多学习语言的技巧和方法。本科毕业后,在广东深圳教孩子英语5年半,主要针对3-12岁的小学生。来西雅图以后,先开始业余教中文。后来经过努力,我拿到了华盛顿大学教育学院的小学教师硕士学历,为我能成为更好的老师打下坚实基础。过去的教学过程中,我习惯密切跟家长和学生沟通,坚信只要方法对了,所有学生都可以成功成仁。我最喜欢的一句话是,有志者事竟成。

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。

我重视并尊重每个学生所带来的独特的家庭与文化背景,以及他们每个人所独有的特性,爱好和信仰。我深信选择在激励学生学习中的力量,每个学生都应当在学习过程中和他们对知识的表达展示中拥有选择的权利,毕竟每个人对于知识的接收和表达都是与众不同的。我的目标是在我的教室中,不同学习方式和兴趣的学生都能够积极参与其中,享受学习,变成一个独立的学习者。

业余时间,我是个中国书法和绘画的爱好者,也非常喜欢健身和摄影,但是我最喜欢的是和我的家人在一起。

 

Ms.Chen-Ju Chen 陳貞汝老師 – 1st Grade Homeroom一年级

Chen我在台灣長大。我畢業於東華盛頓州立大學教育系,在那裡我獲得了教育學分(藝術學分幼稚園-12年級)。在我的學生教學實習中,我驚奇地發現我是多麼喜愛教學,幫助學生探索及邁向成功過程竟成了我真實的獎勵。我曾在Spokane教3歲至11歲的學生中文2年。當我在2010年搬到了Bellevue,我在Kindercare任職、職位是副園長。在Kindercare 工作的期間、我將學校學生的學術發展、以及師資的加強、和家長的溝通技巧上都更加提升。在我的教育管理的經歷中,我也在招聘,入職,培訓中找到了激情和力量。

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

我和我的先生在大學的時候認識,我們在一起已經二十一年。我目前沒有孩子也沒有任何的寵物。我是一位喜歡學習新的事情,也不怕嘗試新的任務的人。我的朋友總是說我是一個滿了精力和熱情的人。我的興趣是烹飪,旅遊還有和家人朋友聚會。

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。

在一年的工作之后,我深知作为一名教育者所需要的继续学习的重要性。所以我来到美国,在西雅图大学攻读我的第二个研究生学位。在中国的学习与教学经历与来到美国后我感受到的教育、教学上的不同时常引发我的反思,设想怎样把创新的教学方法用到自己的课堂中 ,怎样让学生利用宝贵的时间掌握更加有价值的知识和能力。我希望学生在我的课堂可以在快乐中学习,培养学生的批判性思维能力和多元文化意识,让学生可以站在不同的立场和角度思考问题。

我总会问自己,怎样做一个好老师。当我真正成为一名教师时,才对教育有了新的理解,并且随着时间流逝,我想我会有更深的认知。教育是我们生命中最重要的部分,它存在并反映在教室或生活中的每一件小事上。在我的教室里,我会致力于关注学生的每一个点滴,每一件小事,从“小”处累积、引导与启发,从而对学生形成有益的影响。

 

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.

我是單忠慧,來自於台灣,在家中排行最大,父母親皆是公務員退休。父母親從小重視我的教育,讓我自由適性的發展外,也常常提醒我身教和言教的重要,要做弟弟的好榜樣。從小父母就經常教導我,要對自己所做的事負責任,並培養我獨立自主的思考能力。因此養成了我較同齡孩子獨立及早熟的個性,我的座右銘是「有志者事竟成」。

我從小便立志當老師。因為志向明確,所以大學選系時,我不假思索的進入教育系就讀。我畢業於中原大學特教系,擁有台灣K-12身心障礙科和資賦優異科的教師資格證。此外,我亦於國立台北教育大學獲得教育學碩士,擁有K-6小學普通科的教師資格證。在求學時期,我常常利用課餘時間擔任義工老師的工作,學生時期的所見所學,讓我成長了不少,除了充實自我的教學能力外,也讓我更清楚確定,未來擔任老師的志向。我在台灣擔任過兩年的幼稚園老師與六年的國小老師。2012年因結婚移民來西雅圖,在移民美國的第一年,我便開始擔任中文教師的工作。今年是我第五年進入貝爾維尤學區工作,我很期待新的一年,也會盡自己最大的努力。

我十分推崇美國教育學家約翰。杜威所提倡的教育理念,藉由「做中學」的方式來指導孩子學習,並相信從「遊戲中學習」,可以讓孩子在快樂自然且生活化的情境中,獲得最大的學習效果。因此,我注重的是孩子的學習過程,而非學習結果。學習的成效固然很重要,但唯有良好的學習過程,才能從中獲得更多的經驗。我希望能夠讓每個孩子們自由的發展,將自我的潛能發揮得淋漓盡致。所以,在未來的教學上,期許自己能夠成為孩子們,在學習道路上的一盞明燈,照亮每位孩子的學習生活,並持續在自我專業領域上進修,為景美小學盡自己最大的努力。

Ms. Dongni Hu胡冬妮-2nd Grade Homeroom 二年级

大家好!我叫胡冬妮,来自中国四川省成都市。我很爱我的家乡,那里有可爱的大熊猫和美味的川菜。在成都这座浪漫的城市我度过了一个非常美好的童年。后来有幸来到美国学习,体验了美国文化的多样化,受到很深的启发。我开始非常努力的学习英文还有西班牙语为我的第三语言。我深信,学习语言是了解一个文化最好的方式。在密西根加尔文大学攻读本科时,我于西非加纳留学支教半年。这里经历让我体会到教育是多么有意义的工作!从此爱上了教学。毕业后,我在在一所私立学校教中文沉浸式的幼儿园。来到西雅图以后,我考入西雅图大学的教育学研究生项目,有幸在景美的幼儿园做了实习。毕业后,我就业余西雅图的Dearborn Park小学担任二年级中文教师。今年,我很高兴回到景美的幼儿园担任老师。我会尽全力去了解和陪伴每一次来到我班里的小朋友们,给他们创造一个温馨,安全,又快乐的学习环境。

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, 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.

大家好!我是黄韻璇,今年是我在景美小学的第三年,我非常开心在今年成为景美小学的二年级老师。从小我就立志要当老师,一路受到老师的鼓励努力去追求自己的梦想。在台担任过五年的儿童美语老师, 我非常热爱教学,喜欢跟学生一起教学相长。为了可以成为专业的教育工作者来帮助更多的学生,我选择来到美国继续深造。我在加州大学长滩分校获得了英语教学硕士学位,并且在长滩学院任职英语教学讲师,感受到双语环境的教学文化及乐趣。七年前搬到气候宜人的西雅图,非常喜欢这里的人文环境及多元化教育,也于慈济人文学校继续任教。并且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及双语教育的教师资格证。因材施教是我的教学理念。为了让每个学生发挥他们的学习潜能及专长,我给与多元化及不断革新的安全学习环境,启发学生的自我探索及动手实践与创新,让他们能在学习过程中更了解自己。在这全新的一年,我会继续秉持教学的热忱,与大家一起学习和成长。

闲暇之余,我喜欢听音乐,运动,爬山,跳有氧舞,做做美术劳作。更爱和家人到处旅游,探索各国文化及美食。踏遍世界也是我的梦想。

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.

大家好,我叫靳知吟,来自中国上海。我从小的心愿就是当一位老师。还记得小时候,我会在家里把娃娃一排排放好,然后假装我是老师,给它们上课。为了完成儿时的梦想,我报考了华东师范大学,学习对外汉语。在大四的时候,我去了上海美国国际学校实习。在那里,我接触到了美国中小学的教学理念和模式。校园中无处不在的自主学习氛围也让我惊叹。这让我对于美国基础教育产生了浓厚的兴趣。于是,我来到了哥伦比亚大学读双语双文化教育专业,进一步学习、比较和思考双语教育在两国的不同发展。毕业后,我选择在纽约的一所公立学校做双语老师,主要服务母语非英语和低收入家庭学生。在我五年的教学生涯里,我喜欢和学生还和家长交流,帮助学生在学习中变得更自信。我很荣幸能够成为景美二年级组的一员。希望我能够帮助每一个学生找到他们自己的学习特点和方式,快乐地学习和成长。在教学之余,我喜欢爬山和游泳。我也喜欢尝试新的东西,无论是美食还是一段冒险。

Ms. Han Zhang张涵老师 – Third Grade Homeroom 三年级

ZhangMy 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.

当我第一次来到Bellevue 时,就不禁被它的美景深深吸引,更被大家的热情和孩子们学习中文的渴望所感染,因此非常荣幸能在去年加入景美小学这个大家庭。

我生长在中国一个文化,民族,语言多样化的省市。 两年前,我来到美国马萨诸塞州的剑桥市读书,获得了小学教育专业的硕士学位。在硕士学习期间,我的学校为我提供了很多教学实践机会。其中包括在剑桥市一所公立双语小学的实习,在那里我感受到了双语教学的乐趣。我还在麻州的阿林顿市一所公立小学完成了全职教学实习。我希望能够把在大学学习的理论与在各个学校习得的宝贵经验结合起来,充分运用到自己的教学工作中。

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). 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.

我本科毕业于华东师范大学,主修对外汉语,辅修应用心理学。毕业后,我有幸来到纽约大学同时学习汉语教育专业及英语教育专业。在纽约的两年里,我曾经教过曼哈顿公立学校的小学双语项目,也教过曼哈顿的天才初中及高中的中文课程。之后,我搬去了科罗拉多州的丹佛,在那里的沉浸式项目里担任幼儿园老师。期间,我有幸应邀参与了犹他州沉浸式课程的教材编写工作。两年后,我搬到了西雅图,成为了景美小学的一员。在美执教期间,我每一年都会去中文大会分享与学习,并把所学实践到学生身上。我是个充满活力又喜欢创新的老师,我坚信寓教于乐的方式可以让教学都高效又充满乐趣。教学之外,我喜欢旅游、运动、寻觅美食、和朋友聚会,以及各种户外活动。

Ms. Julie Hughes – 3rd Grade Homeroom (English) 三年级 (英文) 

JarvisNi-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。

特别荣幸加入景美小学,这样一个充满活力和创新的双语双向的教学环境。过去两年里,我从很多老师那里学习并积累了很多宝贵的经验,更加深刻的理解了双语教学的优势和艰巨的挑战。作为一名老师,同时也是两个孩子的母亲,我也深切体会到家庭和学校齐心合力引导孩子的重要性。这将是我在景美工作的第三年,也是作为一名班级老师的全新开始。 我期待着和我们的团队一起学习,成长,尽最大的努力帮助和服务更多的家庭。

Ms. Kristine Guadiz – 4th grade Homeroom Teacher (English)-四年级(英文) 

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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!

大家好,我叫熊慧珍,出生于台湾台北。自小在台湾长大,三年级开始学习英语,激发了我对西方世界的好奇以及想要探索的渴望。从台湾实践大学应用外语系毕业后,我一直在台北教授不同年纪学生英语。因为这些体验让我加深了想要精进自己教学能力的想望,于是我只身前往馬里蘭羅耀拉大學攻读教育硕士。在取得学位和蒙特梭利合格师资后,我去了纽约执教,担任蒙特梭利幼儿园老师和中文学校老师。

 

在这两个并行的教育轨迹中, 我深深感到自己对于海外中文教育的热情,希望能藉由自身语言学习和对东西方教育的了解及认知来帮助美国学生快乐学习中文。这份盼望促使我于西雅图城市大学再度攻读小学教育,取得美国K-8年级教师资格证。再加入景美双语学校之前,我曾任职于华盛顿州的沉浸式中文小学课程。这些经历让我有幸能教导大多数的小学年级,接触不同年级、不同文化和不同母语的孩子以及他们在各个阶段的不同需求。我见证了双语学习的孩子具备的信心和开放心态。今年是服务景美小学的第8年,我感到很荣幸能为这个温暖的大家庭继续做出贡献。

 

工作之余,我享受和家人在一起的时光。 和丈夫、儿子及女儿在一起,我们很喜欢阅读和玩乐高,也钟爱接触大自然之美。我特别感激我的孩子,他们身上的一点一滴都显示教育者对孩子的影响力。我期许自己能做一位不断启发孩子潜力的老师!

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.

我是张凯歌,今年是我在景美小学的第二年,非常荣幸能加入这个大家庭,和五年级的同学们共同成长。自2000年本科毕业开始教书以来,我坚定不疑地相信:只用用心,每个学生都有学习的能力。不管你的背景如何、性格如何、学习方式如何,我都愿意用我的知识和爱心陪伴你、引导你、帮助你一步步实现对自我的超越。

我生于长于中国河南省,中华文明的发源地。汉语、中国文化和艺术一直是我的兴趣所在,也是我的专业。在北京师范大学汉语文化学院取得语言学与应用语言学专业硕士学位后,2007年我来到美国明尼苏达州圣克劳德州立大学攻读第二个硕士学位,专业是对外汉语教学。多年在中国和美国公立学校的教学经验给了我跨文化的视野和更加笃定传播中国文化的决心,我非常期待和景美的孩子们分享自己的所学所获。

闲暇时间,我喜欢和家人一起爬山、旅游、骑自行车、滑雪和野营,也喜欢独自一人安静地写书法、插花和喝茶。

 

Ms. Zhi Geng 耿智老师 – ITCL (Instructional Technology & Curriculum Leader)

Geng 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.

受家庭文化的熏陶,我从小就对教育事业有着天生的敬仰和向往。大学的志愿者经历更让我坚定了成为一名老师的职业理想。大学毕业之后,我来到美国费城的宾夕法尼亚大学攻读教育学硕士并开始有机会接触到中文教学。在我成长的过程里,英文的学习让我有机会更加了解这个世界也带给我更多地教育资源和工作机会,这些都是不可多得的宝贵人生经历。能够有幸投身到双语教学领域并加入景美这个茁壮成长中的学校让我觉得非常兴奋,希望我能带领我的学生们一起探索美妙的世界,并让他们领略到语言和知识的力量。

Ms. Xing Wei 魏星老师 -Multilingual Learner Facilitator多语言学习者促进者

Xing Wei

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!

大家好!我是魏星,很高兴能够加入景美这个大家庭。我来自中国广东省。小的时候我在家和父母说中文,在学校和老师同学讲粤语,周末的时候还会去上英文课。我从小就非常喜欢学习不同的语言。熟练掌握不同的语言让我觉得很自信、很独特。

我本科在澳门大学的专业是学前教育。在学校里我修读了很多关于幼儿心理和幼儿教学的课程。大四一整年我都在澳门一个私立三语学校做老师。从最开始小朋友只能听懂粤语到后来小朋友能熟练地运用中文和我对话,我见证了他们的成长和进步的过程。为了更好地帮助这些潜能无限的孩子,我选择前往哥伦比亚大学继续深造。经过两年的学习与实践,我获得了纽约州幼儿教育、特殊教育及双语教育的教师资格证。在哥大的学习生涯中,最让我受益的是在很多不同学校实习的经历。我既去过普通班级,还去过双语班级和有特殊学生的班级。这些经历让我迅速成长为一个懂得因材施教的老师。作为老师,我的目标是创建一个安全、乐观、和谐、有利于孩子成长的环境,让他们在这个环境中挑战自己、发挥自己最大的潜能。

在生活中,我很喜欢读书、游泳、登山和打壁球。我很开心能来到了风景如画的西雅图,我也很期待在景美开始一个全新的旅程。

Ms. Xaviera Huang -Resource Room Teacher 特别教育

大家好,我的名字是黃敏瑜,你們可以叫我 Xaviera。我在澳門出生長大,從幼兒園到高中畢業,我就讀於一所雙語學校。在家,我和家人說廣東話,而學校的教學語言分別是普通話和英語,跟景美的教學環境很相似。我於澳門大學取得英語研究學士學位,在大學二年級開始學習韓語。我熱愛學習語言,因為學習語言帶我進入了不同的新的世界。

大學畢業以後,在機緣巧合下我成爲了一名中學英語老師。還記得小時候寫我的志願時,老師從來都不是我的夢想職業。但是一年過後,我發現我熱愛教學和老師這個工作。當我看到學生成長或是他們的人生因爲我而受到任何正面的影響時,我特別有成功感。離開這個崗位後我來到了沒親戚沒朋友的美國,我的第一份工作是在一所公立小學教剛到美國的學生英語,當中有些學生有特別的需求。接觸西方教育理念後,我對教育產生了更濃厚的興趣。看到美國的老師爲了幫助學生克服學習困難而對教育作出無私的奉獻,我更加確定要立志成爲一個老師。

在我的老師生涯中,無論是在普通教育教室,ESL課堂環境或是在資源教室,我有很多時候都接觸到有不同需求的學生。所以我報讀了西雅圖城市大學教師培訓課程,並在不久前在金寶小學完成了小學教育以及特殊教育的實習。今年是我第一年當資源老師,我很興奮能進入景美這個大家庭跟大家一起學習和進步。也很期待跟學生們建立良好的師生關係,一起愉快的學習,讓我能陪伴及幫助他們克服障礙。

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

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.

 

 

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 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

DAntonioHello 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

LinRaised 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

LindforsI 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)

ngoI 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

lihuaI 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.

大家好! 我是吴老师,来自大陆。毕业于中国师范大学并获得教师证书,做了十年的大专院校老师。2008年定居Bellevue,曾在北美双语学校教了三年中文,西北中文学校教了一年中文,从学前班至小学三年级。

今年是我在景美工作的第三年。非常开心能成为景美小学的一员,我对双语教育充满激情并且享受在一个多文化教学环境中工作。

业余时间我喜欢烹饪和家人外出旅游。

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. 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,