Our Teachers

Vicky Wen Ling Cho, Director

Dear Bear Cub Mandarin Family and friends,

My name is Wen-Ling Cho and I am honored to serve as Director of Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy.

I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, and came to Boston in 2006. Prior to becoming the Director at Bear Cub Mandarin, I served as a preschool Mandarin teacher, program administrator, and preschool director in the Boston area. I have over ten years of experience in the early education field working with young children and their families. I have a bachelor’s degree from Chung-Hua University in Taiwan, and a master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College. I am licensed by the EEC for the preschool lead teacher, director 1, and director 2, and hold a Teach Chinese certificate from World Chinese Language Association. I also have a Tea Master certificate from Tai-Fu Tea College in Taiwan. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, cooking, watching movies, and spending time with my two children.

Through my education, volunteer work at different schools, and experiences as a teacher, I discovered my passion for fostering an exchange of cultures between Chinese and American people, and for sharing the beauty and history of China to people who are curious about this ancient country. I believe the most important tool to understand a culture is to learn its language.

I am committed to teaching Mandarin through an emergent curriculum in a play-based, child-centered environment at Bear Cub Mandarin. I believe a well-designed curriculum should offer children an encouraging environment to build successful, lasting learning. For this reason, I feel all students can discover their potential, and their own interests and strengths, through variety in their activities. In this process, young children learn the best by student-centered constructivism that uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments. The Reggio Emilia approach fits this philosophy of teaching and learning.

The school that I am striving for is the one that will foster the needs of the students while maintaining open communication with, and support to, the parents. I am extremely excited to work for Bear Cub Mandarin, and I look forward to meeting the families and creating a wonderful, life-changing journey together!

Ling-Hsiang Weng, Curriculum Coordinator and Lead Teacher

My name is Ling-Hsiang Weng. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development and Education from National Taiwan Normal University and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University.

As an educator and someone who loves children, I hope for nothing more than the opportunity to make a positive impact on children’s education. For me, the most exciting part of being a teacher is watching students progress in their learning. I like to use a curriculum that is fun and engaging, and implement dancing and singing which is so effective for teaching and reinforcing language. I have worked the past few years as a Mandarin-speaking preschool teacher in the Boston area, and hold certificates of Teaching Chinese to Young Learners and Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. I am presently working towards the New England Montessori Teacher Education Training (AMS) and also worked as a special education teacher for three years.

I strive to be a teacher with a deep understanding of how children learn and how children interact while they are learning a new language. I believe that acquiring and applying this knowledge and understanding will have a profound impact on children, allowing them to maintain a curiosity about the world around them. I hope that each child will embrace the powerful experience of this method of learning and hold on to it for the rest of their life.

Sabrina Yan Zhao, Teacher

My name is Sabrina Yan Zhao. I grew up in Chengdu, China, and received my Bachelor's degree from Sichuan Normal University with a major in English. After graduation, I worked as a bilingual (English and Mandarin) teacher in a boarding school in Shanghai for 12 years. During that time, I developed and applied a versatile teaching skill set in English and Mandarin for Chinese and overseas students.

In 2016, I moved to the Boston area with my family. I successively taught Mandarin Chinese and English and gained abundant experience with second language teaching. In the past 2 years, I had the opportunity to focus on working with young children. Watching them grow and learn is so very rewarding. I love teaching and believe that learning has to be fun and engaging. I strive to create a safe and caring environment for young kids that fosters creative thinking, problem-solving, imagination, and language acquisition.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my friends and family. My motto is: “To live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy.” I am so looking forward to partnering with you on this journey at Bear Cub Mandarin and to making this learning experience life-changing and lasting for your child.

Amy Shih-Ting Kao, Teacher

My name is Amy Shih-Ting Kao. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, and I received my bachelor’s degree in Visual Design and completed the Educational Program of ART at National Kaohsiung Normal University in 2015. I worked as an art teacher for two and a half years in Taiwan before I moved to Boston in 2018 to study at Lesley University where I earned my M.Ed. in Art Education (PreK-8) in January 2021.

My passion for art was inspired by my family. My mother was always creating something out of nothing, and her grandfather was a talented oil painter and enjoyed art to balance his career as a lawyer. Through my own heritage, I believe that by providing children with rich opportunities to freely explore their curiosity in a loved, supportive, and fun environment with a teacher who can challenge them, they can grow into amazing people!

Art can be a bridge to understand, interpret, and connect to the world around us. As an art educator, I connected my professional development to the field of Arts Integration. I dedicated time in my graduate program to study different arts strategies associated with other curriculums and developed a passion for building a safe learning environment, focusing on engagement and growth mindset. Through my teaching experience, I have also found art to be a strong tool for connecting eastern and western cultures. When we give children opportunities to create art, we give them tools to express themselves, connect to others, deepen cultural awareness, and develop empathy. The arts include visual art, music, movement, and even play! I have observed that art can be an effective way to evaluate students' understanding, bring children together, and provide children a means to communicate ideas, stories, and feelings to share their life experiences.

If you are excited about what we are creating and are interested in joining our team, please send a cover letter and resume to contact@bearcubmandarin.org to inquire about opportunities.