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.
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.
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!