Meet the Ni Hao Team

Emma Laoshi

is a lead teacher. She graduated from University of Southern California, earning her masters' degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. While at USC, she observed and taught at John Mark Elementary School. With a passion for education, she joined Ni Hao in 2014, where she teaches classes for children of all ages. She believes that language learning happens best when learners are actively using the language through various activities. By holding this belief, she incorporates various songs, hands-on activities, and movements into her Mandarin classes. In her free time, she loves to read, watch movies, exercise, exploring the outdoors, and going out with friends.

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. 

Jenny Laoshi

is from Beijing, China. She has volunteered extensively in China and the United States teaching English and Chinese as a foreign language for both young and adult learners. These experiences led her to pursue a Masters of Education degree from California State University. After graduating, Jenny joined Ni Hao in 2014. Currently, she is teaching classes for students of all ages. She believes that the importance of Chinese learning focuses on real-life skills, and helping learners to develop Chinese proficiency in joyful and authentic learning environment. Students that can gain the basic knowledge and skills to function effectively in daily life will acquire the building blocks for skill development in the future. In her spare time, she likes cooking; she likes all kinds of music and movies; and she is a nature and animal lover; she also likes to travel and experience new things.

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.

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. 

Momo Laoshi

joined Ni Hao in 2012 with nearly a decade of early childhood teaching experience. She earned her diploma of Pedagogy for Children Education as an honors student in China, and was awarded as the best teacher for many times after graduation during her time working as a kindergarten teacher in China. In addition to her Children Education diploma, Momo holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Tourism from Rikkyo University in Japan. She speaks fluently in Chinese, Japanese as well as English. After working for a bank and a tourism company for years in China, Japan and the US, her passion for children's education led her to Ni Hao. Momo always enjoys interacting with and teaching her students. Her professional training and teaching experience made her a beloved teacher by her students as well as their parents.

Sandy Laoshi

is the Director of the Ni Hao Program at Mount Olive Preschool. 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.

Yogi Laoshi

is the Director of the Ni Hao Preschool-Redondo Beach. She is a founder of 1 World Education Services and a Vice President of CABE Mandarin. She has a Master’s of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Missouri State University. Yogi is known as a passionate and experienced Chinese teacher who loves to work with learners of all ages and skill levels. She specializes in creating fun and innovative ways to teach and engage students. Her past experiences include teaching at First To Learn Learning Center, Broadway Elementary School, Milken Community High School and Westside Chinese School.

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