About Xiaomin Liu...
Position: Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Greetings! Pre-K friends, parents, and families! This is Liu Laoshi ('Liu' pronounces like 'Leo', 'Laoshi' means 'Teacher' in Chinese). I was born and grew up in China. I love challenging the young brains to learn one of the hardest languages in the world-Mandarin Chinese. The language is hard, but the learning can be FUN! I cannot wait to start this learning journey with you!
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 graduation, I taught elementary math at an international school in the 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. After that, I relocated to Arizona and joined the Tarwater community in the summer of 2021.
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.