你好 (nǐ hǎo), hello, sawasdee ka. My name is Yuru Qiao. I am the Mandarin second language teacher. I come from Henan province, where the famed Shaolin Temple resides. I earned my Bachelor's degree in management in China and my Master's degree in education from the University of Glasgow. I also possess the China National Teacher Qualification Certificate and the Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. Prior to my move to HeadStart, I taught Mandarin as a second language in Buriram, Thailand, Mauritius, and China for 5 years. I also have 2 years of experience teaching online. My students come from various countries, including Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mauritius, South Korea, Germany, Greece, and Tahiti. This attests to my ability to adapt to different cultural contexts. The teaching and living experience I had in Buriram was wonderful, and that's where I got to know Thai people and found that they are incredibly friendly. It was during this time that I made the decision that I would come back one day. I believe that learning a new language is a way to open the door to another world. In my classroom, I am keen to utilize various methods, such as singing, playing games, drawing, and role-playing, to engage with students and ensure they feel comfortable and relaxed while learning. I believe that each child has unique potential, and as a teacher, exploring their interests and strengths provides essential support. Feel free to ask me questions or share your thoughts – I'm here to make our language learning journey a rewarding one!