Our Teachers

Vicky Wen Ling Cho, Director

Dear Bear Cub Mandarin families and friends,

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

Back in the summer of 2007, I had my first childcare experience caring for a three-year-old boy. It was such a great time and I still keep in touch with the family after over 15 years!

As I was pursuing my MTEL license, I started volunteering at a local preschool and ended up staying on as a teacher. Over the years, I gained experience as a lead infant/toddler and preschool teacher, a supervisor, administrator, and center director. My philosophy is “Happy Teachers, Happy Children”. When MaeLynn described her vision of wanting to open her own Mandarin Immersion Preschool, and how she felt the importance of having a supportive environment for both early childhood educators and young children, I could completely and whole-heartedly relate. How could I contribute in my role to Bear Cub Mandarin and how can we inspire both new and experienced teachers? Not only providing a child-centered and play-based environment, but also promoting a kind, supportive, and thoughtful working place for our team. I am grateful to be part of the startup of Bear Cub Mandarin and to see how it grows! Our teachers and families value our Mandarin immersion experience and philosophy. We are proud to provide a unique quality early childhood education with a remarkable staff of experienced and talented teachers!

Lusi Sit, Curriculum & Site Coordinator, Lead Infant & ToddlerTeacher

Aloha everyone,

My name is Lusi Sit. I’m so excited to be a part of Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy as the Lead Teacher and Site Coordinator of the Infant & Toddler center. I grew up in Hong Kong and for the past 10 years, I have lived in Birmingham (UK), Hawaii, Florida, and of course Massachusetts. My family and I moved to Acton in 2021 and love it there! Prior to Bear Cub, I received my master’s degree in Translation Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK, and worked as a freelance interpreter for about five years, then I worked in the ESL education field for eight years as a teacher as well as a department director. I received my ECE degree and license through Quinsigamond Community College and became a lead teacher at a local Acton daycare in 2020. As a mother of two, I understand how important it is for families to feel at ease when putting their children in our care and it’s an honor to be one of the people they can trust. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, gardening, calisthenics, as well as jogging. Arts and crafts is by far my favorite activity to do with children; it is always amazing to see what their creative minds produce. I also hope to instill a sense of appreciation for cultural diversity through my own experiences as a person of color.

Ivy I-Fang Lee, Music Specialist and Assistant Preschool Teacher

Taiwanese pianist, soprano, and educator, Ivy I-Fang Lee has performed in Taiwan, the United States, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, and Portugal. Her instructors include Paul Badura-Skoda, Bernd Glemser, and Manuela Gouveia. Ivy has attended Bad Steben Internationale Musikbegegnungsstätte Haus Marteau, Germany in 2018 and Semana Internacional de Piano de Óbidos International Piano Master Classes & Festival, Portugal in 2017. While studying in Taiwan, she was interested in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and attended the Polish-Taiwanese Seminar of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze’s Method at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland in 2017.

Ivy earned a BM degree in piano performance at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan in 2019, and in 2020, won a scholarship to study with Corrine Byrne in a MM degree program at Longy School of Music of Bard College. In 2022, Ivy was awarded a scholarship for a Therapeutic Musician - Certified Music Practitioner, Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc. Since 2015, she has maintained a private studio teaching piano to students aged 6 to 60, incorporating the Dalcroze Method and eurhythmics into all her classes. In 2022, Ivy joined the team at Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy, Infant and Toddler Center as an early childhood eurhythmics teacher and music specialist educator.

Ivy believes that “Children are Born Musicians”. Children who are taught to experience and appreciate music through physicality can develop a greater sense of rhythm, harmony, and melody. The Dalcroze method provides a multi-dimensional approach to music learning, which is readily applicable to young children. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and camping in her free time!

Sabrina Yan Zhao, Preschool 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.

ViVi Wei Fu, Infant/Toddler Teacher

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.