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Rong Li
Mandarin, Grades K – 1

Rong graduated with honors from the State University of New York with a BS in Childhood Education and a concentration in Environmental Studies. Rong Laoshi taught in public school in NYC from first to fourth grades and volunteered in special education classrooms in Syracuse, NY. She joined us as a teacher in our immersion camp at the elementary level and is excited to continue as a HWIS day school teacher. Rong Laoshi will teach Kindergarten and first graders in leveled cohorts.

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Sherry Ma
Mandarin, Grades 2 – 4

Sherry graduated from New York University with a MA in Foreign Language Teacher Education. She also holds a BA in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Tianjin Normal University. Sherry taught our advanced Saturday after school class in the 2014-2015 School Year, and joined us as a Head Teacher for our K/1 Class in January 2015. Sherry completed her student teaching at Brooklyn Technical High School and The Dalton School, teaching Mandarin Chinese. She also volunteered as a Mandarin Chinese Teacher in Thailand.

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Pang Sun
Mandarin, Grades K – 1

Pang is originally from Hunan province, China. She holds a BA in International Childhood Education from the University for Science and Technology in Beijing, China. She has taught Mandarin in Weibo Chinese School to students from preschool to 5th grade. She had tutored children in Mandarin in the U.S.

Chaojun Wu
Mandarin, Preschool 1

Chaojun Laoshi received an MA in Education from Heidelberg University in Ohio and a BA in Broadcasting and Anchoring from Tianjin Unieversity, China.  Chaojun worked as a journalist and TV director in Beijing, China. She fell in love with education when she provided tutoring to a young student in Ohio. Chaojun enjoys working with young children and is very pleased to join the HWIS instructional community.

Chen Shen
Mandarin, Preschool 1

Chen Laoshi is currently in a Master of Art program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her major is Bilingual-Bicultural Education. Chen Shen graduated with honors from the Beijing International Studies University, China. Her major was International Politics. Chen’s training in mentoring and teaching students and in imparting Mandarin language and Chinese culture provided her with a perfect background to join our HWIS instructional community.

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Hong Tao
Mandarin, Preschool 3

Hong Tao received an MA in TESOL from the College of Notre Dame in Maryland and a BA in Foreign Language and Literature from the ShanDong Teachers University, China. She is NYS certified and has taught in the NYC public schools in transitional bilingual classes. Prior to coming to NYC, Hong Laoshi taught preschool and developed curriculum for the Baltimore Chinese School, Baltimore, Maryland. She is very excited to join the HWIS Preschool faculty.

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Rui Yun Wang
Mandarin, Preschool 4

Originally from Beijing, China, Rui Yun majored in Early Childhood Education and has over 35 years of total experience as a teacher and administrator in China, and as a nanny and teacher in the U.S. She has been with HWIS for nearly eight years. She has two children and two grandsons.

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Rita Wu
Mandarin, Preschool 4

Rita is from Zhejiang, China. She graduated from the New York University’s Dual Language Education Program with a Master’s degree. Rita was bestowed the HWIS best teacher performance award in school year 14-15. She has four years of teaching experience and enjoys working with kids, both as a teacher and mom.

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Lan Yao
Mandarin, Preschool 1

Lan graduated with honors from Fordham University. She received an MS in Education. She holds a BA in Cross Culture and English from the Beijing International University, China. Lan Laoshi has taught in a dual language immersion program in a public school and taught Mandarin in private school settings in NYC. She has also taught students with mild disabilities. In school year 15-16, Yao Laoshi taught Preschool 1 and elementary students on the HWIS – New Jersey campus. She is very excited to join the NYC campus family. She will teach Preschool 1 students.

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Lisa Zhang
Mandarin, Preschool 3

Lisa received her training from the Chinese Language Teacher Association. She attended Brooklyn Institute. She received an Associate degree from North China University. Lisa was bestowed the HWIS best teacher assistant performance award in school year 14-15. This will be Lisa’s third year in HWIS.

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Wenming Zhang
Mandarin, Grades 2 – 4

Wenming has an MA in Linguistics from California State University. She holds an MA in Chinese Classical Philology from the School of Literature in Guanxi Teachers Education University and a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Hunan Normal University. Wenming Laoshi has taught Chinese as a Second Language in a public school in California and in language labs in the USA. She has also taught Mandarin to non-Mandarin speakers in Changsha, China. Wenming is looking forward to joining the HWIS elementary faculty. Zhang Laoshi will teach the second to fourth graders in leveled cohorts.

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Fran Laniado

Ms. Laniado holds a BA in English Literature from Bard College and an MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Teacher’s College. Formerly, Ms. Laniado has worked as a head teacher and assistant teacher in preschool through Grade 5 settings. Additionally, she worked in Hong Kong as a curriculum developer.

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Antonia Panepinto

Antonia or Antonella, as she prefers to be called, received an MA and BA from St. John’s University. She is a certified Early Childhood educator. She taught in the NYC Board of Education for more than five years. She left the public schools to dedicate herself to her children and to help her family’s company. Antonella has served as a substitute in public and private schools. Antonella is very excited to join the HWIS ELA team. She will teach the preschool students

Melinda Noirot-Poon

Mindy is in the process of attaining an MA in counseling. She has a BA from Oberlin College and has completed all course requirements for NY certification in Childhood Education. Mindy has taught from Preschool to Middle School in both public and private school environments. She is well versed in project based learning approaches and enjoys in-depth novel studies. We welcome her to her first year with the HWIS ELA team. Ms. Mindy will teach the elementary leveled cohorts.