My name is Ruth Jay. I have been teaching Mandarin as an enrichment subject to kindergarten to 6th-grade students since 2009. I teach each class 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes. Interestingly, I started my teaching career in 2006 as a regular 2nd-grade teacher at Whispering Wind Academy. I have been at Whispering Wind Academy since 2006 and have loved being here. My role as a teacher has evolved over the years from being the first Mandarin teacher at Paradise Valley Unified School District to helping implement the dual language immersion program at Whispering Wind Academy. I am happy and proud to be part of the Whispering Wind faculty.
I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and a Masters in Elementary Education from the Northern Arizona University. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Arizona. I love mountain biking during the weekends and cannot wait to go skiing with my two children, Russell and Stephanie during the winter months.
My name is Fang Zheng. I'm from Kaifeng, Henan, China. I got my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland and started to work as a 1st grade teacher in the Dual Language Immersion Program in Casper, Wyoming. After two years' teaching in Wyoming, I moved to Phoenix and began to teach Kindergarten at Whispering Wind Academy. As a teacher, I love to see my students grow both academically and socially in a 100% foreign language environment. Besides teaching, I enjoy traveling, movies, and time with family and friends. firstname.lastname@example.org
I am from Shenzhen China. I got my M. Ed at University of Maryland. I interned in China as a primary school English teacher before, and as a TOEFL and IELTS teacher in an institution. I interned in DC International School and Baltimore International Academy in Maryland when I was in graduate school. I like sharing Chinese Cultures to others, and I like all kinds of languages! I love eating and traveling! I am open to all kinds of advice and wants to be a better teacher. :) Mali Liao email@example.com (1st grade)
My name is Niya Ma. I come from Chengdu, China, which is the hometown of pandas. I graduated from the University of Georgia with my Master's degree of Educational Administration and Policy. I worked as an English teacher in China, and I taught in both Elementary school and Middle school. When I was in Atlanta after graduation, I worked as a kindergarten teacher and taught Chinese in a private preschool. I'm very passionate about getting every student involved in my classroom. In my free time I enjoy walking my dog, watching movies, Llstening to music, and working out.
Gou laoshi is currently a certified ACTFL OPI Mandarin Chinese tester.
My name is Shuang Gou or gòu lǎo shī, and I am originally from Sichuan, China. In 2010, I graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California with a Master's degree in Foreign Language Education. I have been teaching both ESL and Mandarin Chinese for the past few years. I have worked with students of different ages and backgrounds, ranging from college to elementary level. I have taught in Chengdu, China, Cleveland, OH, Twin Cities, MN, Pomona, CA, Seattle, WA, and most recently in Oakland, CA. I am excited to join the WWA DLI program. And I look forward to building exciting curriculum that will help our students excel in Mandarin and become creative thinkers that will help make our world a better place.
My name is Qiong Xia. I am originally from Wuhan, China. I came to the States in 2007 for my Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Northern Iowa after teaching five years in China. I obtained the Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Curriculum and Instruction, specialized in Second Language Education and Culture, from the University of Maryland in 2016. I have taught Mandarin Chinese to elementary and college students and have provided workshops and trainings for Mandarin teachers in the States. I moved to AZ to reunite with my husband, and we have three children, two boys and one girl! I enjoy spending my time with my family, cooking, and traveling!
Qiong Xia: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Brown - kindergarten
Sarah Platten, 1st grade teacher
Educational Background: Master's degree,
Elementary Education, Arizona State University. Taught for four years in a private school. Taught two years in a charter school. Has been teaching at WWA since 2016
Teaching styles:Nurture students' love for reading by allowing them to grow at their own pace. Hands-on is Minds-on.
My name is Braxton Meyers and I was born and raised in Arizona. I graduated from Grand Canyon University with my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. A few fun facts about myself are that I was adopted at the age of 22, I have three younger siblings, I love all things teacher related, and hanging out with my friends and family. My favorite quote is “I want my students to be as excited to learn as I am to teach them.” Here’s to an amazing year of learning and growing in second grade! :)
My name is Kelly Van Steenhuyse and I am a 3rd Grade English Mandarin Immersion Teacher at Whispering Wind Academy. This will be my 8 year at WWA! I previously taught for 5 years in the Cartwright School District teaching 5 & 6th grades. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois where I taught 2nd through 5th grades. This will be my 20 year of teaching. I received my Elementary Education degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, La. in 2001. I love my job as a teacher and I wouldn't change it for the world. Parents can feel free to email me @ email@example.com or call me at (602) 449-7300.
My name is Mrs. Wilson. I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but have lived in Phoenix, Arizona most of my life. I am married and have two boys. I graduated from Arizona State University West in 2002 earning an Elementary Education degree with an E.S.L. endorsement. I also have an endorsement as a Reading Specialist. My teaching background is mostly in the upper elementary grades (4th and 5th), but I have taught middle and high school students as well. Before coming to Whispering Wind Academy, I taught at Echo Mountain Intermediate School, Brightmont Academy Private School, and Sunnyslope Elementary School. When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling, reading, DIY projects, and playing games with my family.
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