Our Team

Amelia

Originally from Wuhan, China, Amelia received her Master’s degree in communication and culture from Seville University in Spain. She had spent over 5 years as a bilingual Chinese/Spanish teacher and interpreter in Spain and China. Educating young children has always been her passion. She believes children learn best through play; she likes to make her class fun and lively, as well as bringing multicultural experiences to her class. Amelia is excited to be a part of Mandarin Seeds after years working in New York as a preschool mandarin immersion teacher. Outside her work time, she loves traveling and spending her time with her lovely 3 years old daughter and husband.

Amy

Originally from Xi’an, China, Amy received the certificate of TCSOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is always passionate about working with children. She spent few years teaching 5th grade in public school before coming to New York City. Amy enjoys traveling and making arts & crafts in her free time. 

Chienlun

Chienlun Lee is a versatile artist from Taiwan. She has university training in Musicology, Pedagogy, and Theatre and 20-year training in Music, and all of which has provided the foundation for her professional career as a musician, vocalist, and an actor. She has performed in numerous occasions, including singing for Chinese movie Tiny Times I (小時代) soundtrack, the World Games in 2009 – The Night of the Art, and Malan Breton’s 2015 and 2016 NY fashion show as Soprano solo. Her NYC theatre credits include: off-off-Broadway play Midnight Kill as Zhao (Lead, World premiere), Exile 5.42 (Lead), Comfort Women – A New Musical (Off-Broadway), Behind The Mask (Lead, US premiere.) She is now working extensively as an actor, singer, and a Musical coach/Voice instructor in NYC. MM: Vocal Performance – Music Theatre, New York University.

Claire

Claire is passionate in applying creative methods to teaching Mandarin. She was born and raised in Taiwan, where she received her Bachelor's degrees in Chinese Literature and English Literature. Claire developed an interest in teaching young children while working at an after-school program as a second-grade teacher while in college. Subsequently, Claire graduated with a Master’s Degree in General Education from Elmira College, where she was also teaching Mandarin courses to undergraduate Students. Claire enjoys spending her leisure time playing the piano, the ukulele, and occasionally does oil painting.

Ifang

Originally from Taiwan, and graduated from National Taiwan University in Dance. Ifang has been working in New York City as a professional dancer for more than 15 years, with teaching experience in modern dance and ballet for more than 10 years. She has worked with numerous world-renowned choreographers. A regular performer in “Madam Butterfly” at Metropolitan Opera.  Ifang began teaching Mandarin Chinese combined with creative movement for young children since 2006. I-Fang is an ABT Certified Teacher,who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

Jessica, education coordinator

From Jiangxi, China, Jessica earned her Bachelor's degree in Business English from Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics. After graduating from the university, Jessica taught preK-5th grade in Jiangxi New Oriental School. She developed great passion designing curriculum for the early childhood age after her years of teaching in Jiangxi. Jessica then moved to New York to pursue a dual Master's degree in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Childhood Education from St. John's University. Jessica enjoys painting and photography in her free time. She loves documenting students' learning and sharing them with parents.

Sarah, founder/director

A native speaker from Taiwan who is fluent in Mandarin and English. Sarah also speaks Taiwanese dialect, and studied Japanese as her third language. After graduating from Stanford University with a Master degree in Computer Science, she has worked in financial industry in New York City and Tokyo for many years. Motherhood has changed her focus to her children and it has rekindled her old passion in early childhood education, music, and language. She has started Mandarin Seeds to create a playful and challenging environment where her children will be proud and happy in learning Mandarin Chinese, as well as gaining a deep understanding and appreciation of Chinese language and culture. Her biggest rewards have been seeing her two children flourish in the Mandarin Seeds world.

Shelly

Shelly was born and raised in Taiwan. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from National Taiwan Normal University, and Master degree in Music Education from New York University. Shelly loves children and enjoys teaching them exploring the world with music. She has completed several Teacher Training Workshops for infants and toddlers such as Music Together, MusikGarten, and Gordon Music for Early Childhood. In her free time, Shelly loves singing and cooking. 

Shiyun, education associate

Born and raised in Singapore, Shiyun grew up in a bilingual education system and studied both English and Mandarin growing up. She holds a Bachelor's degree with Honours in Social Sciences (Geography) from the National University of Singapore and was awarded a teaching scholarship while in university. Shiyun then went on to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Junior College) with the National Institute of Education in Singapore. She has taught in junior colleges in Singapore since graduation and was nominated for the President's Award for Teachers and Outstanding Youth in Education Award in 2019. Shiyun has a passion for teaching children as well and has taught young children for the past 10 years on weekends. She recently moved to New York City and is excited to join the team at Mandarin Seeds and develop the education curriculum here. Outside of school, Shiyun enjoys reading, traveling and being amazed by both the fictional and physical world. 

Vincy

Vincy was born and raised in Fujian, China. She has been living in New York for over ten years. Recently earned her B.S. Degree in Business Administration with Human Resources and Finance concentration from University at Buffalo, she also volunteered working with multicultural students in elementary schools. During her leisure time, she likes to read Chinese novels and explores different cuisines in NYC.

Wanlin

Born and raised in Xi'an, China, Wanlin obtained the certificate of TCSOL (Teaching Chinese of Speakers of Other Languages) from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Master’s degree in History Education from Shaanxi Normal University. Before coming to the US, she taught history in middle schools. Wanlin loves to be around with young learners, as well as explore different teaching methods based on the historical context. Wanlin likes to do yoga and sing in her spare time.

Yufei, business manager

Born and raised in Taiwan, Yufei holds a masters degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She started her relationship with Mandarin Seeds as a parent who wanted a fun, high-quality Mandarin education for her sons to whom she speaks exclusively in Mandarin. Prior to coming to Mandarin Seeds, she designed and taught Mandarin classes to young students in another language program. Drawn to the rich curriculum at Mandarin Seeds, she took on a teaching position with the Grownup & Me program in 2016 and switched to business department in 2018. She is incredibly excited to have this role as it allows her to meet and develop relationships with new people and work with them towards shared goals - providing engaging Mandarin education/environment to the next generation. In her spare time, Yufei also operates her own baking studio, offering baking classes to adults and seasonal pastries.

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