The founder of Loving Tree Academy, Ms. Liu was working as a Scientist in a Biotech company developing novel drugs for many years. After moving to the bay area, she founded the East Bay Bilingual Book Club. Within a few years, the kids in the book club not only expanded their choice of reading but also greatly improved the comprehensive, public expression capability and interests in reading. As a mother of two young kids, Ms. Liu showed consistent enthusiasm in education. She reads tons of education books and is good at using a variety of teaching methods to help children reaching the study target. She is especially good at science and language classes. As a university drama club president, team member of badminton, pingpang and dancing group, Ms. Liu wants to bring her optimistic and positive attitude towards life to her favorite children.
Ms. Liu taught Biology in Peking University for three years. While in graduate school in US, she worked as a teaching assistant for another three years. The enthusiasm and desire for education led her to research the existing after-school learning institutions. She used large amount of time to volunteer in many well-known after-school and elementary school and has accumulated rich experience in teaching. She found that due to lack of systematic scientific arrangements, many children's afterschool time can not be fully utilized.
Ms. Chen graduated from Hunan Normal University, and she obtained a Master of Laws from California Western School of Law. She holds attorney licenses in both China and New York State. As a mother of two young kids, Ms. Chen started focusing her interests and energy on cultivating kids in 2016. She studied related programs such as Children Psychology, Early Childhood Education and etc.; she volunteered in AWANA Program for Children during weekends and obtained love from children in her classes. As a Chinese mom, she is passionate about teaching Chinese as a language and Chinese culture. She is a firm believer that a child can build up his/her confidence through learning the culture of his/her heritage, and the best way to learn the culture of his/her heritage is through learning the language. Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom, and Ms. Chen believes Chinese is a doorway to Asia wisdom.
Ms.Chen is committed to building a team of high-quality instructors; to organize our instructors to attend the seminars in the area of Children Psychology and teaching skills etc.; to build the bridges between our instructors and the parents of our children so that we can together raise children with high self-esteem and strong social skills.
Director of Education
Mr. Feng received his Bachelor's degree in Business in Finance from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas. He accumulated abundant internship experiences back in China which gave him a solid foundation of different management style experiences. As the management analyst of Loving Tree Academy,
Mr. Feng will have overall fiscal and management responsibility, ensuring that the business is financially sound and attains its planned goals. He is especially good at identifying operation issues that arise in the management of service operation, facilities planning, materials management, and operation planning and scheduling from a financial perspective. With a strong background in financial management, statistics for strategy problems, and operation management, Mr. Feng will participate actively in evaluating management efficiency.
Kelly got a bachelor's degree in finance and psychology at the University of Denver, Colorado, and then she decided to continue her studies in the psychology field. Due to the love of children, she gave up a number of business school offers, chose to study at the University of Texas at Dallas, and eventually achieved a master's degree in human development and early childhood disorders. This teaching experience has helped her accumulate a diversity of language teaching experience. She found that children learn the language much faster than adults, and children have their own set of memorizing methods. So she created her own teaching methods and helped children learn Chinese in the process of doing more with less. In addition, Kelly began to practice piano when she was three and this helped her lay a great music foundation. She has been trained in professional vocal music, during the phase of teaching in Yunnan for three months, Kelly presents as the junior music teacher and English teacher.
After graduating from Nanjing University, Yijing chose to go to a graduate school in California for further studies and has been awarded full scholarships. Since 2014, she has been actively participating in volunteer activities in both schools and the community, such as organizing fundraisers for children who are struggling with hunger and collecting books and other materials for the children who need help. In graduate school, Yijing used to be a part-time Chinese and gym teacher in different after schools. After obtaining a master's degree in Statistics, she still keeps a passion for children and education. So she quit a top-level finance and insurance company in the United States, and she spent a lot of time and energy in the Loving Tree Academy to help children become more interested in learning Chinese. At the same time, Yijing has a deep foundation in dance, and she has been the president of Nanjing Scarlett Dance Company for three consecutive years. She is good at breaking down each dance step and imparting it to the children in children's preferred language, making it easier for children to understand and memorize. Even though she started teaching in Loving Tree Academy for just a few months, she has become good friends with many of the children.
Ms. Ningsheng Yu received her Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Chinese from Changchun Normal University and received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Macau University of Science and Technology. Ms. Yu used to be a Chinese teacher in middle school. She has developed her own creative way to teach students, and she was very good at communicating with them. By playing games and communicating often, students were easy to remember and apply the knowledge. Ms. Yu soon became one of the most popular teachers at school.
Starting from 2009, Ms. Yu entered the field of Psychological counseling. In 2011, she became a National Second-level Psychological counselor in China. Ms. Yu also participated in the training of Youth Sunday School for 2 years from 2009 to 2011. Beginning in 2011, she participated in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the Graduate School of Psychology at George Fox University in the United States. She completed 30-course studies, including marriage counseling, parent-child education, child development psychology, and games therapy.
Ms. Yu loves every child. She is willing to understand children. She can well balance discipline and praise. She not only pays attention to the study of knowledge but also helps children establish good character and good habits.
Ms. Grace Zhang received her Bachelor's Degree from Zhejiang University with a major in journalism and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Journalism and Communication at Zhejiang University. She has worked in Zhejiang Youth Daily, Zhejiang Daily, Zhejiang TV Station, China Xinhua News Agency for many years. She used to be a workaholic until her child was born. For the first time, she realized that she loves children so much, and for the first time, she found the importance and significance of early childhood education. In order to be a good mother, she used her spare time to learn the course of Children’s Psychology, Preschool Education, and Early Childhood Autism Intervention and successfully graduated.
Incorporating infinite energy and happiness with her children, Ms. Zhang finally decided to change her original career plan and join the big family of Loving Tree Academy. She is patient, gentle, careful, and most importantly, responsible. She loves all the children as she loves her own child, and she hopes to accompany these children to grow up happily and healthily. In addition to teaching children the basic knowledge of the books, she also hopes to pass on more positive energy to the children and cultivate their correct attitudes and methods for things. Ms. Zhang believes that every child is a unique seed. They are born out of the desire for life. They have their own thoughts, their own independent personality, and soul, as well as unlimited potential and hope. Ms. Zhang wished to learn and grow together with the children of Loving Tree Academy!
Joyce received her Master of Science degree in Material Chemistry in France. Besides Chinese, she is proficient in English and French. She has a lot of passion for teaching and loves spending time with her students. She teaches her students to be problem solvers by giving them enough space and encouraging creative play. Joyce also loves and is good at music. She believes it’s better to motivate them to learn knowledge in a happy and lively environment. Her teaching philosophy is firmly grounded in teaching each student well in accordance with their aptitude. As a teacher, she takes a big responsibility of cultivating her students to help shape their lives, to help them discover they are important as individuals.
Mr. Luo got a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the University of Iowa, Iowa. Growing up in Shanghai, China, Mr. Luo was heavily impacted by his parents whom both used to be Chinese literacy educators, and the family atmosphere made him feel fascinated in the field of education. During his college years, Mr. Luo attended practicums that included literacy, math, science, and whole-class instruction. He also spent over a year in a kindergarten classroom as a tutor and volunteer, which made him realize the importance of having a right start at a young age even more. Mr. Luo did appreciate how the standard American education allowed students to be themselves and build up interpersonal skills, and he also believed that “Practice makes perfect” and he was really into guiding students to make a real-world application based on the knowledge they learned. Mr. Luo believes every single student is and will be different, and his teaching philosophy is to be fair, friendly, and have high expectations for each student. Every child has special gifts, and it’s the teacher’s job to discover, activate, and maximize these amazing potentials.
Ziqing Song, graduated from University of Florida, majoring in Bilingual Education-Curriculum and Instruction, and got the CTCSOL at the same time. She has two years of English teaching experience in China and has taught Chinese as a foreign language for one year. From her perspective, learning a language is not emphasis on how many characters and words can be write, or how wonderful the grammar is, but to be able to use this language to communicate and solve problems, as well as to be interested in the culture and spirit behind the language. For each student, she is willing to learn about their family, learning and cultural background, and is committed to helping them develop their initial self-recognition and build their identity in class, to give students a sense of belonging and security. She is good at observing the kindness and other advantages of students from their daily life, and always offers her affirmation and encouragement generously. She believes that any excellence of children needs to be discovered and recognized. She has been committed to cultivating children's awareness and ability of self-discipline, so that they can experience the joy of learning in a relaxed and happy atmosphere.
Ms Susan graduated from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, and pursued her career in the fields of human resources management and education in Shenzhen and the U.S.. These experiences help Ms Susan pay more attention to develop the communication and expression skills, to improve the thinking and problem solving abilities of the students. Ms Susan really enjoy getting along with children, participating and helping them grow up mentally and physically, encouraging them to overcome different challenges. Ms Susan love seeing kids smiling faces with confidence, and listening to their experiences and feelings. Loving Tree Academy creates a learning environment filled with love, caring and family-like atmosphere. Ms Susan respect and appreciate every child, and accompany them with love, patience and confidence. Also, Ms Susan like to help the children build self-confidence with encouragement and love. In the current Chinese language teaching, she keep tailoring the ways of teaching to cultivate the children's self-awareness and self-recognition. Ms Susan like to make learning fun using games in the classroom and it pays off with better learning results. During classes, she like to interact with children to develop their thinking skills and to encourage them to express themselves. Helping them to become an independent thinker and teamplayer is alway one of her focuses.
Vicky Li received dual degrees in English Language and Air Transportation in China, then gained a master’s degree in Education at the University of San Francisco. Born in a family of educators, Vicky decided to dedicate her life to education early when she was an undergraduate student. Now she already has ten years’ experience in teaching. Her teaching experience includes instructing high school English and ICAO English in China and teaching Chinese, English and math in the US. Vicky always loves being with kids, especially after she became a mother. She understands kids and treats every kid as her own with patience and a warm heart.
In language teaching, Vicky pursues a combination of language teaching theories and methods she’s learned during graduate study and Loving Tree’s teaching approaches to achieve better teaching progress and results. In math teaching, her goal is to let every student feel that math is interesting, charming and enjoyable. Thus, she prefers student-centered class where students themselves attempt to comprehend, think and finally solve problems with her guidance. By this way, students become real participants in class with growing interest and passion for exploring math. In the past years of Math Kangaroo Competition, Vicky’s team attained gratifying achievements. Several students received gold medals and silver medals.
Zhengxia Yi obtained a master's degree from San Jose State University. She has more than two years of experience as a math tutor and grader. She has been loved by students for her rich and childlike math courses for a long time. She has her own unique experience in data management and integration. In the process of getting involved in mathematics teaching, She is good at capturing the difficulties and mistakes in mathematics topics, combining textbooks and practical knowledge to help students solve problems in a short time, guiding students to master the principle of solving problems by drawing inferences from one case quickly and effectively. Ms. Yi is committed to letting children learn something in a relaxed and lively classroom atmosphere, helping children build good self-confidence, know how to learn independently, and constantly stimulate children's infinite enthusiasm for learning. Ms. Yi also firmly believes that "things are different, and people have their own strengths". It is necessary to respect every student, and on the basis of common education, try to give full show and cultivate the strengths of every child, create talents, and improve students' personal value.
Zhou Xiaobo graduated from the Foreign Language Department of Zhejiang Normal University and the Foreign Language Department of Zhejiang University. She had been a senior high school English teacher in a key middle school in Zhejiang Province of China for 10 years. And taught in the off campus college entrance examination review class. Led lots of students to participate in China's college entrance examination and achieved excellent results. As a qualified teacher,she loves education and has rich teaching experience .After coming to the United States, she joined the Loving Tree Academy teacher team and became a Chinese teacher. Her teaching characteristics: patient ,meticulous, steady and teaching in fun,such as teaching students to sing, making up word puzzles, asking students to guess the new words they have just learned, and organizing students to perform the text in the form of drama, etc.
Ms. Janet, graduated from the Extension Education Department of the Chinese Culture University with qualifications to teach Chinese and American languages. She worked at the hospital attached to the Medical College of National Taiwan University and received a master's degree in nursing. Her years of experience in health care have made her loving and patient with children, watching over them like an angel. When it comes to teaching, Ms. Janet also has her secret magic trick - teaching and learning with fun. Activities and games are often more engaging for children, especially for those who are at the beginning of their language learning. She will use teaching aids and activities to stimulate children's interest and motivation to learn, so that they can enter the lessons happily and positively. She designs a variety of teaching activities and uses various teaching aids flexibly for Chinese language teaching, so that students can get familiar with word circles, practice oral language, and repeat drills. This makes the Chinese curriculum more lively and interesting, and helps children learn to absorb knowledge more easily and quickly. As Tzu said, those who know are better than those who are good, and those who are good are better than those who are happy. Only when children "enjoy themselves" can they continue to learn.
Mengjie received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Fine Art in Fashion Design from Academy Art University, San Francisco. Mengjie applies fashion and art professional skills to teaching. She likes spending time with students and inspires them to create artwork in their visions. Mengjie finds that each of them is talented with a unique perspective. Mengjie has studied Chinese Calligraphy for 12 years when she was young. Growing up in China makes her understand and appreciate the importance of Chinese culture. She would love to tell Chinese history and Chinese tradition to young students. Mengjie wants to build a close relationship with her students. Becoming friends with students lets her know their thoughts better and it creates a joyful learning experience at the school.
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