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; now, as an adult, she really appreciates all of the hard work her mom put in in order for Gawin 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 4-5

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.

Emma 老師, M.A.

Teacher for ages 2-3

Emma is a native Mandarin speaker from Taiwan.  She came to the U.S. in 2013 with her husband who is in a Ph.D. student at Duke University. Emma is a certified teacher in Taiwan and has taken courses on teaching Mandarin as a second language at National Taiwan Normal University. Emma loves children and has a sweet 2.5-year-old daughter. Teaching kids has been a great journey for her, and she envisions it as being her life-long career.  

Julie 老師, M.B.A.

Teacher for ages 4-5

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

Sunny 老師, M.A.

Teacher for ages 2-3

Tsao 老師, B.A.

Teacher for ages 4-5