Middlingo began five 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 multiple classes and summer camps.  Middlingo took a year sabbatical during COVID when in-person classes were not possible but we are excited to begin classes again this fall of 2021.  Times and locations are still to be determined in addition to out teaching staff.  Middlingo had a close partnership with the Middlebury College chapter of Project Pengyou, an organization providing a platform  to engage in dialogue about US-China relations.  Although our partnership with Project Pengyou volunteers this year may look a little different due to some COVID restrictions, we enjoy building the connections between the college and the community, especially around Chinese! 

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, works in health communications, volunteers in various organizations 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 improving her German

Discover a whole new world with a new language.

Joanna Doria

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!