Greetings! Pre-K friends, parents, and families! Â This is Liu Laoshi ('Liu' pronounces like 'Leo'). I was born and grew up in China. Handan in Hebei Province is my hometown. I deeply love it because it's a beautiful city with a long history. She is one of the oldest cities in China!
My Education and Professional Background
In 2010, I obtained my bachelor's degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at Nankai University in Tianjin, China. There, I also taught Spoken Chinese to students from various countries. In 2012, I received my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After the graduation, I taught elementary math at an international school in Madison area, WI. Then I moved to Minnesota and taught at a mandarin immersion school in Saint Paul, MN for 8 years from 2013 to 2021. This spring, I relocated to Arizona with my family and joined the Tarwater community! I am very excited and looking forward to the new journey here!
My Educational Philosophy
I believe learning is happening all the time (it's so evident in a language immersion setting) and is interwoven through all developmental domains. These include physical, social/emotional, cognitive and communication. My goal is to make this ongoing learning experience safe, positive, and fun, nurturing the whole child as I strive to guide them into the next stage of development with confidence in themselves and an excitement for continued learning.
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