I’m ecstatic to be joining EVA of Charlotte as the Dean of Academics and Faculty to better support our school, teachers, and students towards building our mission of strong academics, intercultural competence, and bilingual proficiency! I was born and raised in Columbia, SC and am a first-generation American-born Chinese. I have my ACTFL OPI for Advanced-High in Mandarin and am American Board for Certification in Mathematics. I have taught for a total of 6 years: 2 years in America at East Point Academy, SC’s first Mandarin-immersion school. During my time there, I taught 5k and 1st grade and was elected Mandarin Teacher of the Year my first year teaching there. But I'm particularly proud of my students, and that during my 2nd year of teaching, 3 of my first grade students who participated in the Math Kangaroo international competition were ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in their grade group in SC. The remaining 4 years I taught English as a Foreign Language Expert at a public elementary school in Beijing, China (called The Primary School attached to XiCheng Foreign Language School of Beijing); there I taught the entire school, from 1st grade up to 6th. I have my Bachelors of Science from USC, where I majored in Economics and doubled minored in Mathematics and Chinese studies. I also have my Masters in Education from Harvard University where I researched about education policy, charter schools, bilingualism, literacy, dyslexia, and how to better read and understand research itself. I also have attended multiple STARTALK trainings and meetings about learning and teaching a second language. In my spare time, I love to play badminton (am starting to try out Crossfit), bake, cook, organize, and eat all different kinds of yummy foods. Education, to me, is a strong collaboration between the student, teachers, parents, and administrators, and I am looking forward to working together towards a great school year. Go Voyagers!
Interim Principal | Dean of Academics & Faculty
For more than 3 years, I have been working with Charter Schools in developing technology solutions for classrooms and for administration. I am the Testing Coordinator for EVA, and also manage student registration and enrollment. I have a passion for working in the education sector, as I find it to truly be the most fulfilling line of work imaginable within the IT field.
Front Office Manager
Ms. Hill is East Voyager’s Exceptional Children’s Coordinator. She has a North Carolina license in teaching Special Education with 7 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in teaching Special Education. In her spare time, Ms. Hill loves spending time with family and friends. Her interests include animals, reading, traveling, and music.
Exceptional Children Coordinator
I love working with children and with teachers, observing and contributing to the development of our future leaders. It makes for a very fulfilling career.
I take great pride in keeping the school in tip-top shape so that students, parents and teachers can, in turn, take pride in their school.
Favorite Aspect of Education: I always enjoy seeing the "lightbulb moment", when children are using and understanding the knowledge they are gaining.
Favorite Aspect of Education: I like one sentence from Peggy O’Mara the best: “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” I know how deeply teachers can influence their students. And it’s my biggest responsibility to make sure my students learn in an enjoyable, respectful, meaningful and safe environment. I also value the individuality of each child as none of them can be replaced. I enjoy teaching as well as learning from my students every day. Just as one of the ancient Chinese philosophy goes: “I learn while I teach”.
Favorite Aspect of Education: Several years ago, I heard the saying for the first time that yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. One of the keys to making today a gift is to be cautious and innovative about education, just as W. B. Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."
Favorite Aspect of Education: Providing children with the gift of music.
Favorite Aspect of Education: In my nine years of teaching, I've learned more from my fellow teachers, my students, and their parents than I've learned from any class in my teacher-credential program. In turn, when students saw my own enthusiasm for learning, they were more inclined to learn from me. And that's how my own happiness and growth has translated into the success of my students.
Favorite Aspect of Education: Creating a good teaching atmosphere and stimulating students' desire to learn independently. Respecting students' personality and protecting their imagination and creativity.
Favorite Aspect of Education: I still remember what Helena said is “we are changing the world one child at a time .”It is my dream that to be the best Mandarin teacher who can help the children to learn Chinese in an interesting and efficient way.
Favorite Aspect of Education: When I see a child, I see their future. I became a teacher because our children are our future! Being an educator, I am part of the village that is still needed today to help our children become productive citizens.
1st & 2nd Grade
Favorite Aspect of Education: I love teaching because learning! Everyday, I get to learn from my students, my coworkers, and the community. I believe that is always something to learn about, especially at a school. There's never a boring moment with teaching. I consider myself a lifelong learner, and I hope my students could become life long learners as well.
3rd & 4th Grade
Favorite Aspect of Education: "I believe that kindness and sincerity are contagious. I believe that my kindness and sincerity can make children happy to learn Chinese."
Favorite Aspect of Education: Having the opportunity to creatively impact the lives of young students.
Favorite Aspect of Education: The purpose of education is to make all kids enjoy and love the process of learning and help them realize their dreams.