NiHao! I am Honglian WANG and my English name is Aileen. I am a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and have 10 years’ experience teaching students all through preschool, primary and secondary schools. I graduated from Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China with a Bachelor Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. I am certificated in the Qualification for Senior International Chinese Language Teachers and completed the professional development course of Cambridge IGCSE Mandarin Chinese. It is a great pleasure for me to carry forward teaching of Chinese language and culture to HeadStart for the 6th year. It has been lovely to see the way in which the students’ skill and confidence has developed in Mandarin Chinese. I really enjoy working each day with all of our students from multi-cultural backgrounds and discussing various topics relevant to their study. Learning another foreign language, especially Chinese, can be challenging but also very rewarding and exciting. In my own experience, students always feel excited and contented when they can express their thoughts and talk about themselves in Chinese. I'm always so happy when I'm able to teach them something new, and love watching my students’ progress in the language. I always try and look at things through the eyes of my students to keep them motivated and engaged, and to also assist them with individual problems they may have. I also enjoy helping my students when they experience challenges outside of the classroom. I believe it is important for teachers to always be there for their students.