Meet the Ni Hao Family
Emma is the Director of RB location. 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.
John has a bachelor’s degree in International Business with a minor in Spanish. Additionally, he has earned a degree in Christian, Theology and Biblical Studies and currently working on a second B.A. in Educational Psychology. John has many years of experience in working at the youth program in church. He has been credentialed and trained in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and continuously earning more ECE units. Prior to Ni Hao SCM Preschool, John was working at a Trilingual private school and in teaching Spanish, English, and Math in the state of Montana. He also enjoys higher education and is always learning. In his free time, he enjoys camping, reading, studying new things, learning about new cultures, and sports. He is excited to work for Ni Hao SCM Preschool and bring his knowledge as well as professions to his new post and be part of the Santa Ana community.
Emmy 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.
Grace received her Bachelors degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from one of the best teacher university in China, Shanghai Normal University. After she came to the US, she majored in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and received her Masters degree from the University of Southern California. During her study at USC, she observed and taught at Broadway Elementary School. With a passion for education and love for the kids, she joined Ni Hao in 2016, where she teaches children of all ages. Grace has a unique way of building a good rapport with the kids. She works hard to make the class more interesting. To all her students, Grace Laoshi is always more than just a teacher.
Momo 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.
Eva has been teaching at Ni Hao since 2016. She graduated from the Holmesglen Institute of Tafe in Australia in 2009 with a degree in hospitality and event management. After receiving her degree, she took time off to raise her two children. Eva has always enjoyed working with children, and after moving to California, she completed the UCLA Early Childhood Education program to become a preschool teacher. Her favorite moments are the ones that she shares in each of her student’s lives; providing them with helpful advice, making friends, and being a confidant with whom they can talk to and trust.
Haishu joined Ni Hao in February 2017, she is currently working on teachers’ training and Chinese teaching. She has sixteen years of experience teaching elementary school kids in China. She won the award of Chongqing outstanding leading teacher. Haisu's education research has been published in various national teaching magazines. She specializes in teaching Chinese to foreign adults who do not speak Chinese. Haisu also has experience teaching Math, Social Science, History, Sinology, and Geography. Her vast amount of knowledge combined with her rich teaching experience allows her to handle a wide variety of Chinese classes with expertise.. She is committed to find the best teaching method combining both Chinese and American education and culture for students. Therefore, her Chinese class is rich in content, full of fun and challenges. She is willing to share her experience with other teachers, so her training session can inspire other teachers to learn. As an educator, Haishu laoshi not only focuses on language teaching, but also students’ whole development.
Zulema has nineteen years of teaching experience, with expertise in teaching both English and Spanish. She's been at Ni Hao since 2017, and has a Certified ECE educator from Long Beach City College. She also has a ECE Teaching permit with over 24 ECE units. Zulema's taught children from ages 2 up to Pre-K. Some of her future goals include plan to go back to school and complete my ECE education and amid classes. Zulema's personal philosophy is "Learn as you play", she also believes "Children are active learners, explorers, and artists. They benefit from a diverse curriculum. Her ability as both an English and Spanish teacher ads diversity to our program, and we our delighted to have her on our staff at Ni Hao.
Becky grew up in China and came to the United States 6 years ago to pursue her studies in early childhood education. She earned her bachelor and master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs from Purdue University and Columbia University, respectively. Becky loves to work with children and learn together with them. In her spare time, she likes to read books and watch movies.
Karime has an associate degree in Computer Science and currently working on her B.A. in Educational Psychology.
Karime used to work as an Assistant Teacher at the Olympus Elementary School for many years in her home town city, Mexico. After receiving further training in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) from the State of Montana where she worked at Missoula International School (MIS) for two years. In MIS, she gained more experiences in PYP educational curriculum. She is excited to work for Ni Hao SCM Preschool and utilize her knowledge and passion to teach Spanish. Karime enjoys the outdoors, reading, art and painting in her free time.
Angel was born and raised in Taiwan. She is currently a director at Ni Hao Chinese Westcheter. Angel came to the United States four years ago for an internship at Nihao Chinese. She loves being a teacher, and absolutely loves working with kids.
Angel has a Bachelor of Chinese Studies Degree from National Quemoy University in Taiwan. She also obtained a certificate in Early Childhood Education from UCLA and worked as a Site Director at Ni Hao Chinese Westchester. Angel previously worked abroad in England teaching Chinese to children during the summer. She has developed meaningful relationships with her students, and continues to push them to strive for academic excellence.
Noemi has been teaching at Ni Hao since 2016. She completed her early care and education program. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, she enjoys music, dance and art and incorporates these activities in her classes. Her teaching philosophy is centered on the belief that children learn best through movement and hands on activities, such as singing and participation. Her goal is to identify each studentss learning style to better help them so that they can reach their full potential.
Yu majored in Nursing and obtained a Bachelor's Degree lfrom Nation Defense Medical Center. Yu taught simplified and traditional Chinese to students at both Torrance Chinese School and Walnut Confucius Chinese School. She's had more than a dozen essays published in the World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics. Yu was praised by her fellow teachers of the Southern California Council of Chinese Schools in 2018. She is a valuable asset to our great staff, and continues to dedicated her time and fervent energy to Nihao's academic programs.
Xie graduated from Guizhou Education College with a degree in Bachelor's Degree. She has been working in the Education Sector since 2006 in Guangzhou City. In 2015 Xie obtained a Certificate of Qualification for teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Xie is also a Chinese calligraphy teacher, and believes Chinese is both an art and a unique kind of letter symbol. Xie's mastery of the Chinese calligraphy system has allowed her to teach children about Chinese in a very distinctive way. She joined Nihao in 2018, and her passion for children continues to enrich both their academic and personal lives.