Little Tiger Chinese Immersion School’s teachers and staff hold the credentials and skills necessary to meet the needs of young children including CPR and First Aid certification. 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.
Little Tiger Teaching and Administration
Meggie Chou, Founder/Director of CWM
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; ebooks for the iPad are available through the iTunes Bookstore.
Jiao Li, Director of Little Tiger Program and Head Classroom Teacher
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 FL, K-6 teacher licensure from both MN and TX, and K-12 teacher licensure from China. Before moving to the US, she taught middle school English in China for 3 years. She is passionate teacher and loves using her energy and creativity to make the classroom an exciting and engaging place for students.
Cecilia Lin, 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 CWM/LTP, she was a Chinese immersion teacher at Yinghua Academy, a public charter school in Minnesota, and at Springbridge International bilingual school in California. Ceclia has demonstrated her leadership as a team lead teacher, school mentor teacher, and professional learning community (PLC) Lead in her previous schools. She also has 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.
Rui Cao, 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 also 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.
Yi Chen, Lead Classroom Teacher
Ms. Yi earned her undergraduate degrees in literature, music, and performing arts from Zhejiang Teaching University and is certified as a K-12 teacher in China. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Chinese Linguistics and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the University of Arizona. After completing her education, she gained more than 10 years of experience teaching Chinese in the US. Prior to relocating to Austin, she oversaw Chinese language and culture programs for the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona.
Dai Dong, Instructor/Curriculum Developer
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 Dai Dong also studied at Heilongjiang University, where she majored 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 inspireing them to learn Chinese. Dai also believes that, in addition to being 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.
Yuxia Liu, 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 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.
Zheyi Liu, 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.
Mandy Chen, 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 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.
Mara Wearden, 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 incredibly excited to be working in a Chinese immersion school like Little Tiger!
Janice Hervey, English Language Arts Instructor
Janice Hervey joined the Little Tiger program as an English Language arts instructor in fall 2017. Prior to Little Tiger, Janice has taught for 12 years, most recently at Perez Elementary School in AISD. She also has extensive experience in teaching within dual-language and English as a Second Language contexts, in both public and private schools. She is certified as an Early Elementary Teacher and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is a life long learner and wishes to instill a lifetime love of learning in her students.
Fingerprints and Background Check
All teachers at Little Tiger and Chinese with Meggie Language School have passed a background check with theTexas Department of Public Safety’s Fingerprint-based Applicant Clearinghouse of Texas (FACT).
First Aid Training
All teachers at CWM Little Tiger Program have taken part in and received certification in the standard American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED – Pediatrics training course.