Founder and Principal

Emily Palmer got a master degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education at the Masters Program at Portland State University. She has achieved Step 11 (out of the maximum of 12) in the Oregon Registry: Pathways to Professional Development. She also has more than 8 years of experience teaching Mandarin Chinese to children ages 0 to 13. Seeking to fulfill her desire to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching through hands-on learning, she left her prior career in supply chain operation management to become a full-time educator. 

Emily is pursuing her doctor program in Education at Portland State University.

Curriculum Director

Teacher Wu graduated from Beijing Normal University and gained her Master degree in Education from Germany. She speaks Mandarin, German and English. With over 5 years of experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, enrich her multicultural perspective. Before she became an early childhood educator, she has strong math, natural science, history as well as Chinese literature background. Now she is a mother of a 4 years old trilingual girl and a baby girl. As an advocator of psychoanalysis and individual psychology, she devoted herself to early childhood education. She designs the Chinese curriculum for preschoolers and toddlers.

Chinese Lead Teacher

Teacher Sunny graduated with a bachelor degree in Chinese language. She had worked as a Chinese teacher in middle school in Shanghai, for about ten years. Teacher Sunny graduated from PCC with a degree of Early Childhood Education. She always like the environment of teaching and learning, and is glad to be working with these wonderful kids.

English Lead Teacher

Heather Ellwanger is a teacher with nine years of experience working with students from Preschool to 12th grade across a variety of subjects, but specializes in literacy as both a certified English Language Arts teacher and as a Reading Interventionist both in Oregon and Oklahoma. She also has received Step 7 of her CDA. Heather is inspired daily by her husband and their son. In her free time, she likes to go lightweight backpacking and camping, garden, and play video and board games all with her family.

Music Teacher

Teacher Hai Bi has rich experience in teaching K-5. He taught various subjects including math, science, social study, Chinese and music at Northwest Chinese Academy, Woodstock Elementary, and The International School. He is also a STEM camp teacher for Engineering For Kids. Teacher Bi graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Arts and Letters and a minor in Elementary Education.