Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year! Get acquainted with our staff and see what you have in common with us.
Below is our current homeroom teaching roster. * indicate partner teachers. You will be notified of your homeroom teacher assignment in August.
|Ms. Zhiqi Chen
Ms. Elaine Yin
Ms. Cui Sun
|Ms. Shengnan Li
Ms. Jiayin Yu
Ms. Bing Liu
|Ms. Sophie Huang
Ms. Molly Xi
Ms. Ying Liu
|Ms. Zhiyin Jin* (English)
Mrs. Jo Sung* (Chinese)
Ms. Han Zhang** (Chinese)
|Mr. Eric Shyu** (English)
Ms. Kaige Zhang-Gantz*** (Chinese)
Ms. Kristine Guadiz***(English)
|Ms. Hui-Chen Hsiung**** (Chinese)
Ms. Tiffany Jan (English)****
Ms. Qilin Bi(Chinese)/Ms. Lisa Okahata(English)
Ms. Dongmei Tan校长– Principal
With great honor, I am writing this introduction letter as your Principal at Jing Mei Elementary School for the 2022-2023 School Year.
I am excited for this opportunity to continue to serve you after being the Dean of Students and the Assistant Principal at Jing Mei. Before entering my administrator role, my experience ranged from World Language teacher, English Language Learner Support teacher, and classroom teacher in both private and public schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York. Since Jing Mei started at Bellewood as a new school in 2013, I have become part of this wonderful community. I was a classroom teacher and Instructional Technology Curriculum Leader (ITCL). Then I transitioned to the Teaching and Learning Department as an Instructional Mentor for new teachers in ten different elementary schools across the district.
I believe in educational equity, which makes it possible for all students to have the opportunity to access the educational resources and services they need. My schooling and life experience in China and the U.S. gave me different perspectives on how the public and private school systems work and do not work. My multilingual lived experience, speaking Mandarin, Cantonese, Taishanese, and English with my three young children, has shaped how I support our multilingual and dual language learners at Jing Mei.
I am committed to being a leader and advocate who can help create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, families, and staff. A positive school culture makes a difference in our students’ life since they step onto our campus on day one. As many of you know, I had decided to come back three months earlier from my maternity leave because of the commitment I have for Jing Mei. As appointed to be your interim Principal, I would like to begin the school with all of you. Our students are the future world creators, and it takes all of us to make their experience unique and successful.
This letter is not only my introduction but also an invitation for you to join me in creating a wonderful year together!
我很荣幸成为您在景美小学 2022-2023 学年的校长。
我以前在景美担任过学生院长和副校长的职位，现在我很开心有可以继续为您服务我很高兴能有机会。在进入管理层之前，在纽约市曼哈顿和纽约布鲁克林的私立和公立学校担任过世界语教师、英语学习者支持教师以及班主任的工作。自从 2013 年景美作为一所新学校开始工作以来，我已经成为景美社区的一部分，我曾经是景美的一名班主任和教学技术课程负责人 (ITCL)。后来，我转到教育局里面担任其他十所小学新教师的指导导师。
Eric Shelton– Assistant Principal
I am so happy to be joining the Jing Mei family this school year as your Interim Assistant Principal!
Over the past 15 years I have served in many capacities, all centered on language learners and global competency. For the past two years I served as the Secondary Multilingual Curriculum Developer, with a focus on language acquisition and dual language programs in Bellevue, both Spanish and Mandarin. Before that I was an MLL facilitator at Sammamish High School and Stevenson Elementary. I have also taught high school and middle school World Language Spanish courses. In addition, I have a master’s degree in Special Education. All my experiences throughout my career have been focused on meeting the needs of our diverse student population.
Although I was born and raised in the United States, my mother was Greek and always opened my world to new experiences. My family and I speak multiple languages. I remember, as a child in daycare, asking for one of the daycare workers, who was Cuban, to teach me Spanish while all the other children were playing with toys. Language has always been at the center of my work and passion because I believe we should always celebrate, elevate, and make visible the languages of all our staff, students and families. This is one of the most powerful ways to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.
At Jing Mei, I am committed to equity and creating a safe space for all. I look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you this school year!
Brenda Naish-Admin and Student Support
I am excited and honored to join the Jing Mei staff to support staff and students to begin the 2022-2023 2021 school year. I have worked in education for over 30 years as a teacher, central office support staff member, principal and assistant principal. Most of my career has been in the Bellevue School district. I’ve worked as a teacher at Sherwood Forest, Bennett, Enatai, Tillicum and Spiritridge; as an assistant principal at Eastgate, as a principal at Spiritridge, Enatai and Stevenson, and as an interim administrator at Cherry Crest, Bennett, Somerset and now Jing Mei I have also been a principal in the Northshore School District and Burlington-Edison School District. Most recently, I have just completed providing support to the Somerset community for the last two years.
When I am not out and about supporting students, staff and schools, I am living a semi-retired life in Dolores, Colorado, where my husband and I moved after he retired 5 years ago. About 3 years ago my husband and I “semi-retired” and relocated to Dolores, Colorado. When I’m not in the Bellevue area supporting students, staff and community members, my husband and I love to retreat to our home in Colorado and enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits, including hiking, biking, motorcycle riding, skiing, camping and our newest sport, standup paddle boarding. We have enjoyed the incredible outdoor pursuits available in Western Washington for 30+ years and are now enjoying pursuits that are just as spectacular in the mountains and deserts of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona!
Having worked in the Bellevue School District for almost 30 years, I find many familiar faces when I step in to help out at schools, and Jing Mei is no different. There are a few familiar faces and many new Jing Mei staff members, and I am excited to get to know them better. I look forward to getting to know the families that make up the Jing Mei community soon!
Naomi Yen 颜如玉辦公主任 – Office Manager
Hi everyone, my name is Naomi Yen. I was born in LA and raised in Taichung City, Taiwan. I first came to Seattle when I was 3rd grade, and I went to Enatai School in Bellevue for two years and went to high school in Tacoma, WA. I got my medical degree and finished residency in Beijing in Peking University. My education background has giving me a very bilingual experience. Because of this, I adapt to new environment quickly and love to learn and get to know people with different back ground.
I am very happy to be part of Jing-Mei Family. Working as a school secretary for the past three years have giving a lot of experience that I don’t have and learned from the medical school. Everyday is full of unpredictable surprises and excitement. I appreciate Jing-Mei give me the opportunity to be the new office manager. I wish my professional experience back in medical field and working in Jing Mei for the past three years can support and assist as much as possible for our school, staff, student and community.
大家好，我是Naomi，我姓颜。 我在加州出生，在台中台湾长大。我小学3年级时来到西雅图就读，当时在Enatai小学上学，高中也在这边就读。我在北京大学就读医学院，也完成住院医师实习。 我在一个双语环境下长大，由于我的教育背景，让我能快速适应新环境并且时常对许多新事物感到很多好奇心，也对于学习新事物感到很兴奋。
Ms. Vera Pan-Office Secretary
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. Elaine Ling 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. Cui Sun- Kindergarten Homeroom 幼儿园
Hello everyone! My name is Cui Sun. I was born in Hangzhou, China, which is famous for West Lake. I enjoyed reading and writing when I was a little girl. I used to love reading the books on my parents’ bookshelves. Reading helps me think positively and have an optimistic outlook. Reading also inspired me to learn English. In College, I majored in English and minored in Education. I also have a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from University of Georgia. With both educational theories and teaching experiences, I had deeper understandings of the elementary education in the U.S., and I decided to be committed to it. After graduation, I became a lead kindergarten teacher in a Mandarin immersion program in Minnetonka Public Schools, Minnesota. I also earned the Minnesota Elementary Certificate. During my 10 years teaching in Minnesota, I learned to how to balance Chinese and American educational philosophies as well the cultures. I also tried to combine the strengths of each education philosophy, which benefited my students. This year I am thrilled to be a kindergarten teacher in Jing Mei. I am looking forward to starting an amazing bilingual learning journey with my students. In my spare time, I love traveling with my family. I also enjoy baking.
大家好! 我的名字叫孙璀。我出生于中国杭州，美丽的西子湖畔。 我从小喜爱阅读与写作，喜欢翻阅父母书架上的书籍，阅读建立了我积极向上的人生观，也启发了我学习英文的兴趣。在本科期间，我主修英语辅修教育。在美国研究生阶段，我攻读了佐治亚大学的学前教育。经过理论加实践，我对美国小学教育有了更深刻的理解，也希望学以致用。毕业后，我来到明尼苏达的一所沉浸式中文学校担任学前班班主任，并取得了明尼苏达的小学教育资格证。在明尼苏达任教的十余年，我感受到了中美教育理念和文化的碰撞，这种碰撞让我更好地融合两种理念的优势，并在从中找到平衡。这对于学生是受益颇多的。今年有幸在景美学前班任教。我很期待和我的学生们开始一段欢乐的双语学习之旅。工作之余，我喜欢与家人一起旅行，我也喜欢烘培美食。
Ms. Zhiqi Chen-Kindergarten Homeroom 幼儿园
Hello! My name is Zhiqi Chen. Everyone calls me Zhiqi Laoshi or Chen Laoshi. I am honored to be a kindergarten teacher in Jing Mei this year. I was born in Shanghai and studied clinical medicine in China for two years, then transferred to the University of North Texas to study biology and chemistry. After I completed my master’s degree in computer science, I worked as a web designer in a health clinic. In 2008, we moved here, our beautiful Seattle, because of my husband’s job relocation.
I have admired my teachers since I was a child and have developed a strong interest in education after having my own children. I love to help the children grow up happily day by day and learn new knowledge. Their every little progress makes me feel very rewarding. This year is my fourth year with the Bellevue School District. For the past few years, I have worked as a general school assistant at Somerset Elementary school and Jing Mei Elementary School. Last year, I was honored to be a student teacher in Mrs. Ling and Mrs. Okahata’s class in the fifth grade and completed my teaching apprenticeship. My endorsement areas are Elementary education, ELL, World language, and Mid-Level Math.
I firmly believe that every child has infinite possibilities as long as we are willing to listen and to discover. I am looking forward to the new school year and hope to keep learning and growing with our Jing Mei community!
大家好！ 我叫陈郅琦， 大家都叫我Zhiqi老师或陈老师。 非常高兴今年能成为景美幼儿园的老师。 我出生于上海，在中国读了两年医科， 转学到北德克萨斯大学攻读生物和化学。 随后完成了计算机的硕士学位, 在一家健康诊所做网页设计。 2008年因先生的工作变动，我们来到了美丽的西雅图。
从小我就很崇拜自己的老师们，生了孩子以后更是对教育产生了浓厚的兴趣。 看着孩子们一天天快乐的成长， 学习新的知识， 每一个小小的进步都让我觉得非常有收获。今年是我在Bellevue学区工作的第四年。 过去的几年， 我在Somerset小学和景美小学担任助教。 去年我很荣幸的在五年级凌老师和Okahata老师班做学生老师， 完成实习。我获得了小学教育、ELL教育、世界语言（中文）和中学数学的教师资格证。
我坚信每一位小朋友都有无限的可能只要我们愿意去倾听，去发现。 非常期待新的学年， 希望今年也能跟大家一同成长进步。
Ms. Jiayin Yu-1st Grade Homeroom一年级
Hello everyone, my name is Jiayin Yu. (Fun fact to share, my first name Jiayin actually means “Good News” in Chinese)
I was born in Shanghai China and grew up in several different provinces of China including Jilin, Yunnan, Shandong. I have several family members who are teachers. For example, my mother was my chemistry teacher in middle school, and she is still teaching today. So, there is no wonder that I have been interested in education ever since I was young. Therefore, after moved to the Seattle area with my family 8 years ago, I have been actively involved into education activities and programs.
Last school year, I could only meet my students online and we had some fun learning times together. This school year, I can’t wait to meet all my lovely students in person and I am looking forward to bringing more “good news” to Jingmei and our students!
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. Shengnan Li-1st Grade Homeroom一年级
Hi! My name is Shengnan Li, and I am very excited to join the 1st grade at Jingmei Elementary School!
I was born in Wuhu, China, which is sitting on the southeast bank of the Yangtze River. I did my bachelor’s in English education, and after that I worked in a public school in China for four years. I undertook roles including Head of English and homeroom teacher. I was recognized as the outstanding homeroom teacher in our school. I also won first prize in our county Teaching Competition. I have a Master of Education from University of Pittsburgh and a second master’s in teaching from University of Washington. I worked at Carnegie Mellon University as an early childhood educator, where I had the opportunity to work with multicultural and multilinguistic students. I am also a registered behavior technician, with experience working with students who have autism. Until now, I have taught preschool through high school and all those great experiences that filled my heart with joy.
Two years ago, our family moved to Seattle and currently I live in Bellevue with my husband and two sons. I enjoy hiking, cooking and reading.
我出生在风景秀丽的江滨小城安徽芜湖。我本科学习的方向是英语教育，毕业至今我一直从事教育领域的工作。 我在国内做过四年的班主任和英语教研组组长。曾获得过优秀班主任荣誉称号，也在区教学大奖赛中多次获得一等奖。我在匹兹堡大学获得教育学硕士学位，毕业后就职于卡耐基梅隆大学，成为一名幼儿教育工作者。在此期间，我有机会接触到来自多元化语言和文化背景的学生，也开始深思怎么样将中西方教学更好的融合起来，致力于双语和多种语言孩子的成长。我在华盛顿大学攻读了第二个硕士学位，更加注重于美国的中小学教育方法和培养孩子全面多样化的发展。与此同时，我还拥有教育自闭症儿童相关的经历和证书。 很感激我过去在教育领域履历，也很开心能一直陪伴不同年龄阶段孩子的成长，这些经历都是我人生旅途最宝贵的财富。
Ms. Ying Liu-2nd Grade Homeroom 二年级
Hello! My name is Ying Liu. I am your second-grade teacher. I am so excited for this school year to begin at Jing Mei Elementary. I was originally from Inner Mongolia, China and have been living in the Seattle area for the past fourteen years. When I came to Seattle, I have completely fell in love with the beautiful city and its loving community.
Prior to my certification in teaching (Elementary and ELL) with City University, I started college at Beijing Normal University. Later, I transferred and graduated with my bachelor’s degree from The University of Washington. I am currently working on my master’s degree to further my own education. Besides my teaching certification, I also have a certification in Montessori. Four years of Montessori teaching have shown me that children have unlimited capabilities for learning if given the right opportunities. It is rewarding to see my students grow and socially develop into successful members of our community.
It is my honor to become a part of the families that I teach. I am looking forward to meeting and learning with you！
大家好！ 我叫刘莹，很高兴能成为景美二年级的老师。我在中国内蒙古出生长大。当我来西雅图求学的时候就被这个美丽又有人文环境的城市所吸引，所以在这里生活了14年。因为当老师是我从小的梦想，高考以后我如愿的进入北京师范大学学习。2007 年，我有机会来美国学习深造，在华盛顿大学完成了本科学位。在西雅图城市大学取得了小学教师资格证之前，因为我对不同的教育理念很感兴趣，所以学习了蒙特梭利的教育方法并拿到了教师资格证，担任了4年的老师。我的教学理念是培养学生自己学习的能力，成为对社会有用的人才。我坚信只要教育者提供给学生对的方法和机会，他们一定会有无限的潜力去学习和成功。我很荣幸能够加入到景美这个大家庭。期待与你见面，与你一同学习！
Ms. Sophie Yu-Hsuan 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. Molly Qinqin Xi 奚沁沁-2nd Grade Homeroom 二年级
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. Besides Elementary Education endorsement, I’m also endorsed in World Languages in Chinese, ELL and Bilingual Education.
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。我除了拥有小学教育资质，也拥有双语教学，ELL 和世界语言教学的资质。
Ms. Zhiyin Jin 靳知吟– 3rd Grade Homeroom(English) 三年级（英文)
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. Chunghui Jo Sung (Ms. Shan) 單忠慧老師 – 3rd Grade Homeroom（Chinese） 三年级(中文）
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 eight year with the Bellevue School District. I am very excited about the new school year and I am fully committed to continue my passion to teach and to educate. I have tremendous respect for the great thinker and educator, John Dewey. His education philosophy focuses on meaningful learning activities and classroom democracy. Learning by doing and development of practical life skills is crucial to children’s education. My teaching center on children’s learning process and not the end result. The end result is important but happy and democratic learning environment can help children gain valuable life experience and provide them with instruments of effective self-direction.
My aspiration is to allow the children to have freedom for development and the ability to discover their hidden potentials. At the same time, I will continue my professional development and give my best effort to the Jing-Mei school community.
Ms. Han Zhang张涵老师 – Third Grade Homeroom Chinese） 三年级（中文）
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。
Mr. Eric Shyu – 4th Grade Homeroom (English) 四 年级（英文）
My name is Eric Shyu and I was born in Rochester Hills, Michigan. I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I worked for a couple years in the auto industry doing supply chain work. I had the opportunity to move out to the Seattle area, so I took a risk and quit my job to move out here. While I was job searching, I fell into work as a General School Assistant in the Bellevue School District at Cherry Crest Elementary and then Medina Elementary. During my time as a GSA, I really enjoyed working in a school setting, so I decided to enroll and take classes in order to become a teacher. Last spring, I received my master’s degree in Teaching from City University of Seattle. I am so excited to be a 3rd and 4th grade teacher here at Jing Mei Elementary. I am looking forward to listening to my students share about their lives and helping push them to be the best versions of themselves they can be. In my spare time, I enjoy playing volleyball, tennis, and most other sports. I have loved my time in the PNW and hope to be here for some time.
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. 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, 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. I also hold the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Teacher Certificate, teaching the piano, music theory and history for 25 years in my home piano studio.
Growing up as a Filipino-Canadian, I was fortunately surrounded by the many cultures of my extended family, neighborhood, school, extra-curricular and work communities. From the age of 6, our family had the privilege of getting to know and host 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 nurtured a love for life-long learning, learning languages, and exploring the world through travel. Early on, I realized the power in having the ability to communicate with others from around the world in their native tongue, learning about their cultures and lives, and building relationships that inspire growth and change. I feel very blessed to be a part of our Jing Mei family, who also shares these same values.
This is my 22nd year of teaching in public education, having also taught at the middle school level and in Special Education. I speak French and conversational Spanish. In my spare time, I love to read, be active outdoors, play several sports, take ballet classes, play the piano, play word games, cook, and explore new places with my husband and 7-year old daughter.
Ms. Kaige Zhang-Gantz- 4th Grade Homeroom (Chinese) 四年级 (中文)
My name is Kaige Zhang-Gantz and I am thrilled to learn and grow with my students at Jingmei! 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. 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. Tiffany Jan– 5th Grade Homeroom (English) 五年级 (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. Lisa Okahata- 5th Grade Homeroom (English) 五年级 (英文)
Hello! My Chinese name is Hui-Jui Lin, my middle name is Lisa, and I took on my husband’s family name Okahata when we married. Everyone calls me Ms. Lisa or Ms. Okahata. I live in Bellevue with my husband, 16-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. I enjoy reading, cooking, baking, and playing the piano.
I was born in Taiwan and lived in Kaohsiung and Taipei. I came to the US with my family when I was in the fifth grade. We eventually settled in Chicago where I spent my middle and high school years. After earning my bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, I joined a consulting firm that gave me the opportunity to work in IT consulting and recruiting. As my children got older, I volunteered in their classrooms more and more, and became inspired by the impact I can make on children not as a parent, but as an educator. I began working as a paraeducator and assistant teacher/GSA (General School Assistant) and felt the joy and gratification of working with students as they learn and grow. Over the past few years, I worked with students at Jing Mei and Sherwood Forest Elementary (Bellevue). I received a lot of encouragement from teachers and administrators and decided to become a teacher. Last year, I was fortunate to be part of the 5th grade teaching team at Jing Mei and completed my student teaching with the support of both Ms. Hsiung and Ms. Taylor. I recently completed the Elementary Teaching Education program from the University of Washington in Seattle and received a master’s in teaching (MIT) and K-8 teaching certificate for the state of Washington.
I am so happy to be back at Jing Mei this year as a 5th grade English teacher partnering with Ms. Ling. I believe in the value of dual language environments as well as being multilingual. I want to leverage languages to make connections with all my students and families. 5th grade is your child’s last year at Jing Mei and I’m so honored to spend this time with you all to explore and learn. I look forward to getting to know you and your child in the near future!
Ms. Qilin Bi – 5th Grade Homeroom (Mandarin) 五年级 (中文)
My name is Qilin Bi. I am from Henan Province, China. I am excited to be a 5th grade teacher at Jing Mei this year. I studied English when I was an undergraduate and studied teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages and linguistics and applied linguistics when I was a postgraduate. I was a Chinese teacher at High School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University. I taught Mandarin to students from all over the world for about five years. This work experience made me deeply fall in love with teaching. I like to interact with my students and get to know them. Through teaching, I would like to arouse their learning interests and to inspire their potential. After my family moved to the United States, I continued to pursuing teaching and education related career. I completed the teacher certificate program at City University of Seattle, and student taught at Jing Mei Elementary School. After I got my teacher certificate, I volunteered to support 5th grade students’ math and Chinese literacy learning at Jing Mei, and then I became a substitute teacher at Bellevue School District. I have substituted at Tillicum Middle School and at Jing Mei for a long time. I feel very privileged and excited to accompany my fifth graders to complete their last year of elementary school. I believe it will be a memorable learning and growing experience for all of us.
During my leisure time, I love traveling with my family, hiking, riding bikes, reading, meditating, and watching movies.
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. Jing Wang王静 -Resource Room Teacher 特别教育
Hello everyone, my name is Jing Wang. I was born in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, a multi-ethnic city full of exotic customs, which makes multi-culture deep into my bones.
I got my bachelor’s degree from Shaanxi Normal University, and my master’s degree and doctoral degree from Beijing Normal University. My major is developmental psychology, focusing on children and adolescents. After graduation, I taught in the Children and Youth Work Department of China Youth University for Political Sciences. The main courses I taught included developmental psychology, youth psychology, statistics and software applications, and social research design. During this period, I have been working as a head teacher, and in 2013 began to supervise graduate students. Years of research and practical work have made me realize that every student is unique, and the best education is the education based on the student’s needs.
I came to Seattle at the end of 2018. I continue to pursue my career as an educator. I have volunteered in different public elementary schools, lectured at the Northwest Chinese School, and obtained my teaching certificate at City U.
I am honored to be a part of the Jing Mei family and look forward to progressing with my students.
Ms. Emily Chow-Paraeducator 特别教育助教
Hi! My name is Emily Chow and I am very excited to be a Para this year at Jing Mei.
My parents are from Hong Kong and Taiwan and I was born and raised in San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Cal, I spent some time traveling in Central, South America and Europe, and Asia and also volunteering with children from low-income families and working in project management.
Although I did not speak much Chinese as a child, I started learning and speaking more Mandarin as an adult and I now speak only Mandarin at home with my 4 children. Spanish is also our primary language at home because my husband is from Colombia. We have a large multicultural family, and we love interchanging cultures and learning about the diverse perspectives that make us human.
Before transferring to Jing Mei, I was a para at Highland Middle School and I had the opportunity to work in both the Pacific Para program and as a Resource Room Para. At Highland, I quickly discovered that part of my passion is working in education and another great passion of mine is working with my husband on a project called Space United where we use soccer and space to support inclusive access in STEM.
I love working with children and have never met a child who is not amazing to me. I thoroughly remember how hard it was to be a kid and how important support and meaningful connections with peers and adults are during childhood. I strive to do my best to recognize our little human beings as the unique individuals who they are and help challenge and support them in positive ways.
I look forward to working with the wonderful staff, students and families of Jing Mei.
Ms. Nicole Marshalek-Paraeducator 特别教育助教
Ms. Lihua Wu吴丽华-Paraeducator 特别教育助教
自2021年12月我接受了景美小学的新职位，成为一名特殊教育的助教。在进景美之前我曾在Shrewood Forest, Interlake and Lake Hill 担任过特殊教育助教的代课老师。我希望在这个新岗位上为景美小学尽最大的努力帮助更多的学生。
Hi everyone, my name is Lihua Wu. I graduated from my university in Guangzhou majoring in foreign trade, then retained after graduation as a teacher, my family moved to Bellevue in 2008. I earned a teacher certificate for higher education institution and a national certificate for standardized Mandarin test.
In 2014, I was very honored to join the Jingmei family and become a GSA. From the Bellewood campus to the present Jingmei, I have witnessed and personally experienced the growth of Jingmei elementary. The GSA work experience in the past 7 years has made me realize the fundamental difference between primary and higher education. Primary education emphasizes and pays more attention to children’s learning process and the maximization of learning effects. I cherish the wonderful experience during which I have grown together with my students over these years.
Since December 2021, I accepted a new position at Jingmei elementary and became a teaching assistant in special education. Before joining Jingmei, I worked as a substitute teacher for special education assistants in Shrewood Forest, Interlake, and Lake Hill. I hope to do my best for Jingmei elementary in this new position to help more students.
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. Kuang Chieh Radford-Speech Language Pathologist 語言治療師
Hi! I am KuangChieh “KC” Radford, the speech-language pathologist (SLP) serving Jing Mei Elementary School. Nice to meet you!
As a native Mandarin speaker who was born and raised in Taiwan; I had worked two years as a pediatric speech therapist in a hospital in Taipei before coming to the States. I started my career as a school-based SLP in the U.S. immediately after earning my master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I previously worked with secondary students in the Puget Sound region for thirteen years. I started with Bellevue School District in 2017 and have been working at Jing Mei ever since. It brings me great joy to be able to serve this community in both English and my mother tongue. I look forward to supporting you should you have any communication concerns for your child.
Ms. Lydia Zeller -School Psychologist心理学指导
My name is Lydia Zeller and I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Communication and Psychology at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and my master’s in School Psychology at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. I began my career as a school psychologist at a DoDEA school in Vicenza, Italy. I spent four years with the Puyallup School District supporting preschool, elementary, and junior high students. During this time, I presented at the Washington Association of School Administrator’s Conference on Social Emotional Learning. I then spent two years working in New Hampshire at a rural K-8 school. My family returned to Washington State this summer and we are thrilled to be once again residing in the PNW.
I believe in solution-driven work and strive to facilitate exceptional support for all students with individualized learning needs. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the students and families of Jing Mei!
Ms. Meng Ping Ku- School Nurse
Hello everyone! I am Mengping. I am very happy to join Jing Mei Elementary School as a school nurse.
I am from Taiwan. After graduating from the nursing department of Kaohsiung Medical College (now the predecessor of Kaohsiung University), I came to Lamar University in Texas to study a master’s degree in biology. After completing my degree, I worked as a professional dialysis nurse for about 9 years in Texas and California.
My husband is also from Taiwan, we have a daughter, and she is a junior at Interlake High School. Our family moved from New Jersey State to Washington State about 4 years ago and thought the scenery in Washington State was beautiful.
I usually like to read and travel with my family and friends to the countryside. I am interested in nutrition and health education. As a school nurse, I hope to help every student learn healthily and happily.
我來自台灣，從高雄醫學院（現高雄大學的前身）護理學系畢業之後，來到德州 Lamar University 研讀生物學碩士學位。完成學位後，我分別在德州和加州擔任約9年的洗腎專業護理師。
我的先生也是來自台灣，我們有一個女兒，這學年就讀Interlake High School 11 年級。我們家4年前從New Jersey 州搬來，覺得華盛頓州風景真是美麗。
Ms. Chen-Ju Chen 陳貞汝老師 – Art Specialist美术
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. 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 was fun teaching at Jing Mei my first two years in the same school building I once attended). I started teaching guitar in high school and have continued to give 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 began teaching in the Bellevue School District in 2001, at first teaching high school guitar, piano, and composing. Later I started teaching elementary orchestra, elementary classroom music (K-4), along with middle school orchestra (6th grade), and working with these young students has been especially rewarding for me. I am very pleased to have continued at Jing Mei as my home school for many years now. 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 primarily play guitar, piano, and cello. I have a jazz band called Brazz, which performs American jazz standards and Brazilian jazz. We perform in various locations around town, including Crossroads Bellevue.
When I first began school in the United States, in fourth grade, I knew few English words (English was not taught in Swedish schools until fourth grade), so I had to learn it by immersion that school year. I strongly believe in Jing Mei’s dual language program, which provides such a wonderful opportunity for a student to become bilingual.
Mr. Daniel Shin-PE (Health and Fitness) Specialist (M, Tue, F.)
My name is Daniel Shin. I was born and raised in Hawaii just like Marni, the former PE Teacher. I moved to Washington in 2001. I have been teaching since 1988. In Hawaii, I started out teaching Chapter I, now called Title I. I began teaching PE in 1997. I taught PE in Seattle from 2002 through 2020. Last school year (’21-’22), I taught PE at Eastside Christian school in Bellevue. This year, I am teaching PE at Jing Mei on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, and Sherwood Forest on Wednesday, and Thursday. I enjoy seeing students playing well, setting up equipment, and cleaning up together. I also enjoy seeing students working hard to reach their goals.
I am married to wife Dee and I have one daughter named Kayla who is going for her Masters degree. In my free time, I like to exercise-lift weights and ride my bike. I also love to play the ukulele.
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. 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. Tina Xia-General School Assistant
Ms. Joanna Liao- General School Assistant
Ms. Zoe Cai-General School Assistant
I am Zoe. I am from mainland China. I got my bachelor’s degree in China and Master degree in UK. Before I joined Jingmei, I had worked in US and European companies more than 15 years in HR, Finance and Marketing related areas. My son, who is currently a student in Jingmei, inspired me to make a career change to teaching. Seeing him grow up in Jingmei make me realize how important an elementary education is to a kid’s future development. So that is why I choose to become a teaching staff.
我是Zoe老师。 我来自中国大陆。 我在中国获得了学士学位，在英国获得了硕士学位。 在加入景美之前，我曾在美国和欧洲公司的人力资源、财务管理和市场营销相关领域工作超过 15 年。 我的儿子目前在景美读书，他的小学成长经历激励了我转入教育行业。 看着他在景美长大，让我意识到小学基础教育对孩子未来发展的重要性。 所以我加入了景美成为了一名教职员工。
Ms. 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，
Mary Wang-Preschool Lead Teacher
My name is Mary Wang and I am the preschool Lead Teacher. This is the 6th year that I have worked at BSD and the 4th year that I have worked at JingMei. I taught young children for over 15 years before my family moved from Kalamazoo, Michigan. My husband and I have three boys and they all graduated from BSD. I hold the master’s degree of Christian Counseling, ECE Achievement Certificate in WA, the certificate of Teaching Chinese as the Second Language, certificate of Positive Behavior Support, certificate of Right Response and the certificate of ABA therapy Training.
My passion is working with young children, and it is my pleasure to support children learning and growing. I love reading and crafting.
Christie Huie-Preschool Lead Teacher
Lisa Wood-Preschool Assistant Teachers
Ju Chen Yao-Preschool Assistant Teachers
Lisa Rumrill-Preschool Assistant Teachers
Marene Armstrong-Preschool Assistant Teachers