Everyone at Little Tiger is a teacher and directly involved with students, including directors Meggie and Jiao. All of our teachers possess extensive classroom experience, master’s degree level training in foreign language education, and expertise in early childhood education. Most importantly, our teachers are energetic, engaging, and love working with children.
Besides the necessary teaching credentials, all teachers at Little Tiger Program have received certification in the standard American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED – Pediatrics training course. All have passed a background check with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Fingerprint-based Applicant Clearinghouse of Texas (FACT).
Founder and Director of Chinese with Meggie
Meggie Chou founded Chinese with Meggie in 2006 and serves as the school’s director. Originally from Taiwan, Meggie holds a BFA in Studio Art from the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters degree from UT-Austin. She also attended Rice University’s Institute for Chinese Language Teaching. Meggie believes in the power of language education at an early age and is dedicated to creating a fun, productive and engaging environment at Chinese with Meggie. In addition to directing the school, she also leads her teaching team in developing innovative programs and learning materials. Most recently, she authored Diving into Chinese, a series of 40 books for young Chinese language learners. The books are published by China Sprout and Higher Education Press; e-books for the iPad are available through the iTunes Bookstore.
Director of Little Tiger Program and Head Classroom Teacher
Originally from Taiwan, Jiao Li is the Director of the Little Tiger program as well as the assistant director of Chinese with Meggie. She moved to Austin from Minnesota, where she was a full-time Chinese immersion classroom teacher in the Eisenhower Elementary/Xinxing Academy for 6 years. She has a M.A. in TESOL (teaching English as a second language) from University of Florida, and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Nanjing Normal University in China. She also holds a TESOL certificate from Florida, K-6 teaching licenses from both Minnesota and Texas, and a K-12 teaching license from China. Before moving to the US, she taught middle school English in China for 3 years. She is a passionate teacher and loves using her energy and creativity to make the classroom an exciting and engaging place for students.
Director of Curriculum
Cecilia Lin graduated from Oklahoma City University with an M.A. in TESOL before going on to take six modules of doctoral coursework at Durham University in England. Cecilia has a lifetime teaching credential to teach college students in Taiwan, where she has taught as a university instructor and a teacher trainer. For the eight years prior to joining Chinese with Meggie and Little Tiger, she was a Chinese immersion teacher at Yinghua Academy, a public charter school in Minnesota, and at Springbridge International bilingual school in California. Cecilia has demonstrated her leadership as a team lead teacher, school mentor teacher, and professional learning community (PLC) Lead in her previous schools. She also managed and conducted summer teacher training programs for Chinese immersion professionals during her time at Yinghua Academy. She is passionate about teaching and especially about helping students to achieve academic success.
Director of Admissions and Administration
Dr. Rui Cao received her B.A. in English for Foreign Trade from NanKai University in China. She earned a M.A. in English (with concentration in ESL) from University of Toledo and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from University of Florida. She leads our Adult Professional Classes at Chinese with Meggie. Prior to joining Little Tiger and Chinese with Meggie, she was a faculty member at the Defense Language Institute, Concordia University Texas, and Schreiner University, teaching undergrad Chinese courses and being the Coordinator of the Texas Learning Consortium between 2015-2019.
Dai Dong comes to Chinese with Meggie from Los Angeles, California, where she recently received a BA in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. Originally from Harbin, China, where she studied at Heilongjiang University, majoring in English. In China, she gained teaching experience as a one-on-one tutor for middle and high school students. At UCLA, she was a professorial research assistant and gained further teaching experience by working with children in an after-school program, assisting them with a range of subjects, including Chinese reading and writing. As a language teacher, she is passionate about motivating her students, and inspiring them to learn Chinese. Dai also believes that, in addition to being an effective way to communicate and understand the culture, language learning is a useful tool for establishing good learning habits, mastering other subjects, and having a broadened vision of the world.
Lead Classroom Teacher
Ms. Yuxia received her Masters Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Jinan University in Guangzhou, and she holds K-12 certification in China. Before joining the Chinese with Meggie and Little Tiger team, she had more than three years of experience teaching Chinese in China and abroad. Among her previous teaching positions, she was a Chinese teacher for the Confucius Institute in Bangkok, where she also learned to speak Thai. Her passion for teaching is equally matched by her passion for learning.
Music and Visual Arts Teacher
Dr. Zheyi Liu is a classically trained musician well versed in Double Bass and GuZheng. She earned her BA in Music Performance from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. She has received MA and DMA (Doctor in Musical Arts) degrees, with a focus of Music Performance, from UT Austin. Before joining Little Tiger, Zheyi taught music for a number of years, during which she found a passion for sparking kids’ artistic and musical interests. At Little Tiger, Zheyi enjoys teaching and developing curriculum for the music and visual arts programs.
Subject Teacher/Assistant Teacher
Mandy Chen originally comes from Taipei, Taiwan, where she received her B.A. in Childhood Education from National Taiwan Normal University. After arriving in the US, she pursued her MA in Curriculum and Instruction with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from University of Colorado, Denver. She also holds the certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and a TESOL certificate. Her classroom experience includes two years as an assistant teacher in the GreenField Preschool in Taiwan. In the US, she has assisted in ESL classrooms and volunteered as a Chinese teacher at the Colorado Chinese Language School. Since joining CWM in early 2016, Mandy has enjoyed working with kids in CWM’s fun, creative, interactive and challenging environment.
English Language Arts Instructor
Mara Wearden graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with bachelor’s degrees in both Chinese and Communication Science. Upon graduation, she taught Pre-K in Jacksonville, Florida, for 2 years, where she developed a Chinese curriculum at the school. Mara is particularly fascinated by the flexibility of young children’s brains, prompting her interest in childhood language acquisition. She loved sharing her passion for the Chinese language with her former students and watching their excitement as they picked up on new words and phrases. These experiences led her to Austin in the summer of 2020, looking for a new adventure and she is incredibly excited to be working in a Chinese immersion school like Little Tiger!
Anny Chen Martinez works primarily with Pre-K students in the Little Tiger and Chinese with Meggie communities. She was a Montessori guide and an instructor for online Mandarin courses before she joining the LT and CWM teaching team. Prior to her teaching career, she was based in China and worked as head of Asian market expansion for a large clothing retailer. She received her BA in International Trade from Tunghai University, Taiwan, in 2004. Between 2013 and 2014, she was awarded a scholarship in the EMBA program at Hult International School. In 2016, she received her certificates in TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers Of Other Language) and EDI (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language). She believes that a relaxed approach, well-designed curriculum, and clear teaching methods will help any person master a new language.
Sharon works with Little Tiger’s elementary students in a range of subjects. Before beginning her career in education, Sharon Lin received her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, and later worked as a landscape designer in Taipei, Taiwan. While in Taipei, she co-founded and led a TESL after-school program for eight years. After arriving in Texas in 2017, Sharon taught Chinese courses in Eanes ISD before joining the CWM/Little Tiger team. She holds certificates for TCSL from National Taiwan Normal University, and LOTE Chinese writing and oral proficiency from ACTFL. Sharon is passionate about using pedagogical methods grounded in science to create fun and effective learning experiences.
Eva is originally from Taipei, Taiwan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Fu Jen Catholic University. After arriving in the US, she attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. While pursuing her degrees, Eva gained classroom experience interning at schools in Taipei, Shanghai, and Beijing. Eva leads classes for Chinese with Meggie and provides learning center support in Little Tiger’s Pre-K classrooms. She also works with Little Tiger lower elementary students in mathematics, using the Singapore Math curriculum. She aspires to help learners of all backgrounds through evidence-based instruction.
Lucy Li is a lead teacher in Little Tiger’s Pre-K classrooms. Prior to her current role, she worked with children in CWM’s Toddler and Pre-K classrooms for several years. Originally from Beijing, she holds a Master of Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently pursuing an additional degree in Early Childhood Education from Austin Community College.
Tony oversees Little Tiger’s Physical Education activities. Originally from China, he founded a basketball camp for kids in Xiamen in 2012 and later graduated from Jimei University in 2014. He joined the Little Tiger team in 2019.