Fu Wa is a Chinese Mandarin/English primary class at intercultural montessori Oak Park campus. The name means Dolls of Blessing, also known as Friendlies. These “good luck dolls” were the mascots of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, and are playful talismans of good fortune.
Jing NiuLead Teacher, Chinese Mandarin
Ms. Jing is AMS Montessori certified to teach students aged 3-6 years. She has been teaching at Intercultural Montessori Language School since 2009. Ms. Jing has been the lead teacher in the Fu Wa community for three years and prior to this, she was the lead teacher in the Long Feng classroom community at the Chicago Campus. Ms. Jing came to Intercultural with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering from Tianjin University China, and a Master's in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Ms. Jing has worked as a teacher at Little Linguist Academy, Language Stars, and in the public school system before coming to Intercultural. She is dedicated to the Montessori approach to teaching and provides her students with a warm and nurturing environment.
Fangchen LiuAssistant Teacher
Ms. Fangchen is originally from China. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual Broadcasting and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Film. She has a background in language learning and earned a level 1A, the highest possible certificate, in the Putonghua Proficiency Test of spoken fluency in Mandarin. Along with impeccable language ability, Ms. Fangchen is passionate about theater and taught drama to children in China and at a Chinese Language school in New York. She incorporates drama into her lessons to inspire students and help solidify the language.Ms. Fangchen is pursuing her Montessori training at Seton Institute. She is passionate about the Montessori philosophy and has gained valuable insight working with Intercultural’s experienced teachers. Ms. Fangchen is a caring, compassionate teacher with a strong affinity for all of her students.