Jade is a Chinese Mandarin/English primary class at Intercultural Montessori Chicago campus. The Chinese love jade not only for its beauty, but also more importantly its meaning in the Chinese culture. “The wise have likened jade to virtue. For them, its polish and brilliancy represent the whole of purity; its perfect compactness and extreme hardness represent the sureness of intelligence; its angles, which do not cut, although they seem sharp, represent justice; the pure and prolonged sound, which it gives forth when one strikes it, represents music.” — Confucius


San-Nan Chen Lead Primary Teacher, Chinese Mandarin
Ms. San-Nan is originally from Tainan, Taiwan and has been living in Chicago for 11 years. She received her Bachelor in Elementary Education from the National Taipei University of Education, and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. Ms. San-Nan joined Intercultural Montessori as an assistant teacher in 2010, she received her Early Childhood Montessori Certification through Seton Montessori Institute in 2013 and has been the Lead Teacher in the Jade Community since 2012. Ms. San-Nan provides her students with a natural and creative environment that arouses curiosity and motivation to explore, discover and appreciate the world around them. She encourages her students to learn to collaborate, manage their time, and grow with confidence. Ms. San-Nan also teaches piano lessons at Intercultural as an Extracurricular Activity, where she provides students with the necessary tools to excel in and enjoy the piano. One of Ms. San-Nan’s favorite quotes, is “Gratitude is the most exquisite form of Courtesy.”- Jacques Maritain. She is always inspired by it and strives to show her students that Grace and Courtesy is one of the most important lessons to learn in life.
Guining Li Extended Day Teachers
Ms. Guining has been with Intercultural since 2011. She is a trained nurse and worked in Guangxi Maternity and Children's hospital for ten years. Prior to relocating to the United States, Ms. Guining held the position of Kindergarten teacher in the South China English College, where she worked for nine years. She has completed Montessori Assistant Teacher training at Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center. Ms. Guining loves children and is very diligent in taking care of all their needs.