Torrance Team

Ma Laoshi

began her education and training in Harbin, China. She graduated from Harbin Institute of Physical Education in Sports Sociology and went on to teach the discipline as a professor at graduate levels for 28 years. She earned a Master's Degree and then a Doctorate from Dankook University of South Korea, where she published several articles in Korean.  While in Korea, she had to learn to communicate in a second language, which  gave her a unique perspective on how language should be learned and how it should be taught. It also made her interested in teaching Mandarin Chinese to others. In both Korea and the United States, Ma Laoshi has taught Chinese in many different venues, such as formal classroom settings, corporate meeting rooms, and private tutoring at home. She is experienced in understanding the students' needs, requirements, and goals, and tailoring the learning program to achieve success. She also enjoys Tai Chi, especially for its calming elements which she believes aids in the learning process - she likes to incorporate a few of these exercises in her teaching. 

Emmy Laoshi

has been with Ni Hao since 2012. Being one the senior teachers, Emmy shares with others her passion for making learning Chinese fun. She herself is a lifelong, enthusiastic language learner.  Emmy speaks four different languages and holds a Masters Degree of Japanese Linguistics from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. A language teacher since 1998, Emmy has taught different languages to students of all ages and abilities, including teaching college Japanese at the University of Auckland, as well as high school Chinese. Emmy started to work with younger children in 2001 and has developed a great passion for teaching young children. Emmy loves music, art, dance and storytelling, and will often incorporate elements of these activities into her teaching. 

Lily Laoshi

graduated from the renowned Shanghai University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, after which she worked as a nurse in pediatrics, with a specialty in neonatal care. After moving to the United States, she gave birth to daughter Elizabeth in 2011. One of Lily's favorite activities was to take Elizabeth to play at the library, where she volunteered as a Chinese Storyteller. It was this experience with very young children that led her to join Ni Hao in 2013, where she primarily teaches Parent and Me classes. Since joining Ni Hao, Lily has gained educational certification at Chapman College through the Southern California Council of Chinese Schools and Chinese American Reading Association.

Li  Laoshi

Sandy Laoshi

is the Director of Torrance. She has a Masters of Arts in Linguistics from California State University, Northridge.  She has taught been enjoys teaching and interacting with children, and also has completed a Certificate Program in Early Childhood Education.  Sandy has been with Ni Hao since 2012, with a sabbatical to give birth to her daughter Kiera.  She enjoys creating lesson plans with activities which are fun and good at helping children develop their language skills.

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