Ying Liu ~Ying moved to Bozeman from New York City a few years ago with her husband, 3 kids, and 2 cats and instantly felt in love with this beautiful town in Montana! Ying grew up in Taiwan and is a native Chinese speaker. She got her undergraduate/master degrees from New York University. She has been teaching Mandarin to students (age range from K-12) for over 20 years in various Chinese schools. Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world and one of the official United Nations languages. Ying believes in teaching Mandarin through methods like CI (comprehensible input) and TPR(total physical response), where the language could be understood by listeners despite them not understanding all the words and grammar structures in it. Ying likes to incorporate her teaching through art, cooking, music, culture, history, and storytelling. She aspires to help students in the community learn Mandarin through playful learning.
Chia Ying Lin, ~ or “Lin” for short, moved to Bozeman several years ago with her husband from Palau. Lin is originally from Taipei, Taiwan. She is a native Taiwanese and Mandarin speaker, and learned English from a young age. Lin graduated from the Ming Chung University with a degree in English. Lin has matched her multi-lingual abilities with her love of teaching and travel, allowing her incredible opportunities to teach English in Charter Elementary Schools across Taiwan. Lin also utilized language to share her other passion of teaching and guiding Scuba to international guests while she lived in Australia and Palau. Lin naturally incorporates her professional and fun-loving demeanor into her teaching, creating fun and engaging lessons for her students. With immersive activities, Lin integrates cultural art, music and group activities to involve her students in the lessons.
Christina Clark ~ Christina moved to Bozeman last year with her husband and sons from the Olympic peninsula in Washington state. She and her family have been captivated by Bozeman and are happy to call it home. Christina learned to speak Mandarin while living in Taiwan as a missionary. She is delighted to share her love of the people and culture as she teaches in the World Language program. Christina has had several different experiences teaching young children from youth Sunday school to preschool teacher. This is her second year in the WL program and is thrilled to be a part of it. "I have been with the World Language Initiative for four years and have found that I love to share the Chinese language and culture with others. I learned to speak Mandarin while on a mission for my church for a year and a half in Taiwan. I'm not a native speaker, but have been told that I am like an egg - white on the outside and yellow on the inside. I think that was the best compliment I have ever received. See you in class!" ~ Christina Clark