Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Junlan Li was a part of the founding members of East Voyager back in 2017. Li has been working in the field of foreign language education for more than 20 years as a teacher, administrator, and consular. She got her two bachelor degrees from Renmin University and Jiangxi Normal University in China, and two master degrees from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Wake Forest University in the U.S. Her doctoral degree was from University of South Carolina majoring in Curriculum and instruction. Junlan Li is an expert in immersion education and was one of the three educators in both the U.S. and Canada, who won the Ai Ling Guan Educator Award 2020. She published more than ten research papers on language and cultures in different academic journals and presented in several international conferences in the U.S., China, Scotland, Germany, and Canada. She regards intercultural communication and foreign language education as her lifelong career. Mrs. Li is also a professional translator and interpreter, a freelance journalist, and a freelance film producer. The short film “The Little Prince with a Mask”, produced by Li, was selected by the 2021 Lantern & Light International Film Festival in Australia. In her spare time, she likes reading, traveling, playing games, fishing, and relaxing with families and friends.
Chief Executive Officer
Mrs. Renee Mathews brings extensive Chinese language immersion and public-school administration experience as Chief Executive Officer for East Voyager Academy. She was the Director and Founding Principal of East Point Academy, South Carolina’s first and most successful Chinese Language Immersion school. East Point Academy receives many recognitions and awards for excellence in academics and Mandarin proficiency. She has a total of 36 years of experience in K-12 teaching and administration. Mrs. Mathews has served as a Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Chief Academic Officer, High School Principal, Elementary and High School Assistant Principal.
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: "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: 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: 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.
3rd & 4th 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.