Middlingo began three years ago with the encouragement of a fellow parents whose kids really wanted to learn Chinese.  It started with one class afterschool and grew into three.  Now Middlingo offers classes  after school at Mary Hogan Elementary in Middlebury and at Bristol Elementary in partnership with the Expanded Learning Program.  Middlingo is excited to continue partnering with the Middlebury College chapter of Project Pengyou, an organization providing a platform  to engage in dialogue about US-China relations.  Project Pengyou volunteers are native Chinese speakers or students who have studied Chinese.  They bring their wealth of experience and energy to our classroom. Scroll down to meet our fabulous volunteers.

Ni Hao.  We are excited to share with you a new language

May Poduschnick

Middlingo Co-Founders

May is a native Chinese speaker who now calls Middlebury, Vermont her home.  She is a mother of four bilingual (some trilingual) children, raises chickens, spends a lot of time cooking up a storm and can often be seen biking around town.  She has taught English to high school aged students in Hong Kong and China and has tutored and taught Chinese lessons in Middlebury to elementary aged students for multiple years.  She is always looking for more ways to enhance Chinese cultural appreciation and offer a diverse program to Middlebury’s already rich selection of activities.  Her newest endeavor is learning Japanese language.

Discover a whole new world with a new language.

Joanna Doria

Why I teach Chinese.

Joanna is a mother of two young girls living in Ripton. She currently works at North Branch School in Ripton but before moving to Vermont, she taught Chinese for five years at a Junior Boarding School in Connecticut. Joanna grew up speaking Mandarin Chinese with her Taiwanese mother and has been traveling to Taiwan consistently since she was 12. She studied Chinese at Colby College and taught English for one year in Xiamen, China after graduating. Joanna is excited to get back in the Chinese language classroom with Middlingo! 


Project Pengyou Volunteers

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Kenneth Barkdall

Ken is a senior at Middlebury Union High School and has been helping with Middlingo from its inception.  In addition to being an excellent student academically, he is also active in sports, music, and other extracurricular activities AND still finds time to study Chinese on his own.


Jacqueline Blinoff

Jacqueline is currently a sophomore at Middlebury college majoring in philosophy and economics. She also loves studying languages and is currently taking French and Chinese. Outside of class Jacqueline can be found at Model UN conferences or in the pool playing water polo. Although she's far from her home in England, she is loving the chance to get to know the Middlebury community.


Jack Carew

Jack is a senior comparative literature major and global health minor at Middlebury College. He loves languages, and studies Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin. He also likes to feed his whimsical interest in life sciences, and currently works in an organic chemistry lab investigating chemical methods used to bind proteins to special bioactive molecules. While not teaching with MiddLingo, catch jack planning TEDxMiddlebury, volunteering with Page One Literacy and Language in Motion, advocating for Palestinian liberation, or bouldering at the rock wall in the gym.


Lauren Ho

My name is Lauren Ho (何美慧) and I am a freshman at Middlebury this year. I am front Hong Kong but I studied abroad in Hangzhou during my freshman year in high school and went to boarding school in NH for 2 years. I started learning Mandarin as a second language since kindergarten. I love working with kids and taught Mandarin (and gymnastics!) to elementary students when I was in high school, and I'm excited to be taking Chinese again at Midd. I am hoping to major in education and psychology. 


Mira Vance

My name is Mira Vance (冯曼漫), and I am a sophomore at Middlebury College. Inspired by my Taiwanese aunt, I began studying Chinese on and off in Elementary School, and, after falling in love with the language, began formally studying in Middle School and have been ever since. I have studied briefly in China twice so far, and plan to return for a full semester next Fall. I am excited to join the Middlingo team and share my passion with the community


Tina Cai

Hello! My name is Qiting Cai (蔡绮婷), and I am currently a freshman at Middlebury College. I was born and raised in a small city in Guangdong, China, where I grew up speaking Mandarin, Cantonese and a dialect from my hometown. I moved to Los Angeles during my freshman year of high school and found my passion for community service. Moving to Middlebury, I'm looking forward to serving such a welcoming community. I'm excited to join Midd Lingo and can't wait to meet everyone!

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Sam Liang

Hello! My name is Huiming(Sam) Liang. I grew up in Guaungdong, China, and have moved to the US four years ago. I loved interacting with kids, which is why I joined Middlingo. In Middlebury, I plan to pursue a chemistry major with a philosophy minor. Outside of class, I like to play basketball, watch superhero movies and animes. I am very excited to talk to kids and spread Chinese culture through Middlingo!

Project Pengyou Volunteers