Teachers and Staff

Gawin 老師, Ph.D.

Director

Gawin is a Taiwanese-American who grew up in Missouri.  She has studied Mandarin since childhood, and now, as an adult, she really appreciates all of the hard work her mom put in in order for her to know Mandarin!  Gawin believes the preschool age is a wonderful and amazing age and works hard to ensure Little Panda is a warm, creative, and nurturing environment. She particularly enjoys seeing growth in the students’ abilities and confidence as they attend Little Panda. Gawin currently lives in Durham with her husband, son, and daughter.

Alice 老師, M.A.

Teacher for ages 3-5

Alice is a native Mandarin speaker from Taiwan. She has extensive experience in teaching and curriculum planning for students studying English and Mandarin. In Taiwan, she earned an M.A. degree in translation and a B.A. degree in foreign language and literature and taught English. Upon moving to the U. S. in 2004, Alice worked as a book translator for 10 years and has published more than two dozen Mandarin children’s books and books on education. Alice has also served as an academic director and principal at a local mandarin school for several years. Alice currently lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, son, and daughter.

Chen 老師, B.A.

Teacher for ages 2-3

Zheng Chen is a native Mandarin speaker who was born in Beijing, China. She moved to the United States in 1998 and has lived in North Carolina since 2006. After loving the process of teaching her daughter Chinese, she obtained an Early Childhood Education Certificate and began teaching the language to more students. Since being in North Carolina, she has taught hundreds of students in many different schools in the Triangle area. She loves seeing her students grow up and seeing their Chinese progress. Zheng believes being patient and empowering students is vital in seeing their growth. Zheng looks forward to teaching Chinese to even more future children. Currently, Zheng resides in Chapel Hill with her husband and daughter.

Julie 老師, M.B.A.

Substitute teacher

A native Mandarin Chinese speaker, Julie was born and raised in Taiwan. She received her B.S. in Taiwan and M.B.A. degree in the U.S. Julie has had many years of experience teaching Mandarin to children and adults. Julie’s proficiency in Mandarin teaching has also lead her to design curriculums for local Chinese schools in the U.S. She has been with Little Panda since its establishment and is adored by all of her students. Many alumni come back to visit her! Julie lives in Durham with her husband and two daughters.

Mei-Yu 老師. B.A.

Teacher for ages 2-3

Mei-Yu is a native Mandarin speaker from Taiwan. After receiving her B.A., she taught English as a foreign language to children in Taiwan. She has always enjoyed working with small children and is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach, play, and get to know all of the children at Little Panda! In her free time, Mei-Yu loves finding new places in North Carolina to explore with her husband, 1-½-year-old son, and dog :-).

Tianlin老師, B.A.

Teacher for ages 3-5

Tsao 老師, B.A.

Substitute teacher