Long Feng is a Chinese Mandarin/English primary class at Intercultural Montessori Chicago campus. The name refers to a mythical creature that is part dragon, part phoenix. The dragon and the phoenix are the principal motifs for decorative designs on the buildings, clothing and articles of daily use in the Chinese imperial palace.
Wan-Lin TsaiLead Primary Teacher, Chinese Mandarin
Ms. Wan-Lin Tsai is originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan and has been living in the United States for ten years in Cincinnati and Chicago. Ms. Wan-Lin received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Elementary education from National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan. She also holds a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Art in Violin performance from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.Ms. Wan-Lin holds an Early Childhood Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society through Seton Montessori Institute. She also has a certificate in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan. In Taiwan, Ms. Wan-Lin worked at several elementary schools, teaching Chinese, Math, Music, and Art. She also is a violin instructor and teaches students ranging from age 4 to adult. Ms. Wan-Lin joined Intercultural Montessori as an assistant teacher in 2014, and she became a co-teacher in 2016. She currently is the lead teacher in the Long Feng Chinese community. Ms. Wan-Lin believes strongly in the Montessori “followed the child” teachings. Through careful observation, we provide a prepared environment to ensure the proper development of the child. “It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it.” ― Maria Montessori
Hong DegaAssistant Teacher
Ms. Hong is originally from Inner Mongolia, China and has been living in the United States for three years in Missouri and Chicago. Ms. Hong received her bachelor’s degree in English language from Inner Mongolia University in Inner Mongolia, China in 2014, and a Master of Arts degree in TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 2017. Ms. Hong is in the process of completing her Montessori certification for children 3-6 years through Seton Montessori Institution. Ms. Hong joined Intercultural Montessori as an assistant teacher in 2017 and has prior teaching experiences working with both children and adults. Ms. Hong masters three languages and has high interests in children’s language acquisition and language development. Her favorite quote by Dr. Maria Montessori is “The children in a Montessori class are given the freedom that is the liberty of the human being, and this freedom allows the children to grow in social grace, inner discipline, and joy.”