Fu Wa

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 Niu Lead 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.
Zhijan Chen Lutz Lead Teacher, Chinese Mandarin
Ms. Si Yu joined Intercultural Montessori in 2009. She came to Intercultural with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Guang Xi University in Nanning, China. She became interested in teaching through her church community school, where she worked for two years teaching students aged 4 - 7 years. In 2014 she completed her Montessori certification for students aged 3-6. Ms. Si Yu loves to work with children and is committed to the Montessori approach to education. Those of you who have the pleasure of knowing Ms. Si Yu will have already appreciated her warm and nurturing nature. She creates a wonderful classroom environment in which her students learn and thrive. She takes great pride in being an instrumental part of her students’ growth.