Catherine Chou graduated from New York University with a BA in Hospitality Management and a minor in Teacher Education. She was born in Taiwan and raised in China and New York. Catherine interned at Changchun American International School and Apex for Youth, and witnessed the literacy struggles bilingual students faced navigating two languages when exploring different disciplines. She wants to facilitate better educational opportunities for multilingual students.
Qiao is a student who transfers her major from law to education. Was born in Chongqing and raised in Shanghai, she obtained the different culture from her family. She speaks Mandarin Chinese, English, Cantonese, Shanghai and Chongqing dialects. Currently, she is a first-year graduate student in the dual certification track. Being bilingual or multilingual is a precious experience, and she wants to pass her experience as a multilingual learner to her future students.
LuoEn Han was born China, and thereafter moved to the US. He graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor degree in Early-childhood and Childhood Education. He is now working as an lead UPK teacher in an non-profit organization. Outside from work, he was also a member of one of the many Willisamsburg rock bands.
Sarah HintonChildhood Education (Transitional B, Peace Corps)
Sarah Hinton is from Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Western Washington University with her bachelor's degree in Linguistics and double minors in Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language. She worked as a English teacher in middle and secondary schools as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua and as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia. She also taught high school students in the U.S. before beginning her master's. As a Peace Corps Fellow she currently teaches second grade in a bilingual English/Spanish dual-language program in Brooklyn, NY, in addition to her studies at TC. She hopes to encourage her young students to develop and take pride in their bilingual, bicultural identities while developing a love of reading and learning.
Jiahui ‘Elaine’ Lin is originally from Nanjing, China. She moved to Portland, Oregon when she was 16 as an exchange student, and since then she decided to study abroad. Her undergraduate degree is TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from The Ohio State University. During her undergraduate study, she gained more experience in teaching, and thus decided to continue her study in education.
Nosipho is from Syracuse, New York. She studied Social Anthropology and Public Health at Harvard and joined the Peace Corps shortly after graduating. As a Healthy Schools volunteer in the Ixil region of Guatemala from 2015 - 2017, she worked with the education community to increase health education and gender empowerment in schools. While working with teachers, she realized she herself wanted to be in the classroom. Nosipho is currently a Peace Corps Fellow in the BBE program and teaches Dual Language third grade in Brooklyn.
Mariela RosalesBilingual Special Education (BiSPED)
Only child to a single parent, I was born in NYC and lived in the States my entire life. My parents are from Mexico and I have visited the country two times- enough to fall in love with my mother's hometown. I completed my undergraduate degree in The City College of New York and prior to that, I completed my associate's degree at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Madeline RuddenBilingual Extension for Certified Teachers/Professional
Madeline Rudden is from Norwalk, Connecticut and graduated from Boston College with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Hispanic Studies concentrating on English Language Learners. She worked in a Shelter English Immersion first grade classroom for one year in Boston. After moving to NY, she taught for one year in first grade and is currently entering her second year teaching fourth grade in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In addition to teaching, she is getting her Master's at TC on the professional track. She is passionate about the power of language and its impact on student development. She hopes to instill in her students a love of words and help them develop and take pride in their bilingualism.
Originally from China, Yingjun Wang graduated from Capital Normal University with a BA in Education. She can speak Mandarin and English but always wish to learn and teach with other language speakers to create a more diverse world. TC attracted her with its best location in NYC, an integrative program with rich teaching opportunities, and its strong faculty on bilingualism.
Zhen ‘Sunny’ ZengBilingual Extension, Professional Track
Sunny Zeng is from Shenzhen, China. Sunny graduated from Smith College in 2014, having studied Economics, Philosophy and French. During the summer of 2013, Sunny taught at a rice farming village in Siem Reap, Cambodia and was inspired to become an educator. She was involved in various Philosophy for Children initiatives and fell in love with the experience of initiating young minds into the wonder of philosophy. Before coming to the BBE program, Sunny has obtained her M.Ed. degree in K-6 education from Vanderbilt University and worked as a fifth grade Math/Science teacher at Bank Street School for Children. Her interests include curriculum design, STEM education, bilingual education and Philosophy for Children.
Xinhe Zhou graduated from Wenzhou-Kean University in Zhejiang, China, a Sino-American university. Her interests include hiking, writing, and translating. During her undergraduate study, she served as the fiction and nonfiction editor for two school literary magazines, and she translated Chinese writers' works into English. She also published three papers concerning human-computer interaction and teaching pedagogy.
Yanfei Zhou is from Nanjing, China. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in English from Xiamen University. During her undergraduate years, she interned at New Oriental Education & Technology Group as an English teacher. Born and bred in a family with several teachers, Yanfei gradually chose to take the same road and thus decides to devote herself to the field of education.