Yi (Lizzie) Li 李怡 lǐ yí | Mandarin Chinese Language Teacher (full-time)
Lizzie teaches all the weekday after-school classes, private lessons, Saturday classes and weekday Stories & Rhymes early childhood education centre sessions. She also helps with the curriculum, lesson planning, evaluations and resource development.
Lizzie is originally from Yunnan province, in the south-west of China. She has lived in New Zealand for over five years, and worked as a teacher for Ni Hao Children’s Community since 2015 and the children all know her well.
Lizzie has an educational background in teaching and education. She graduated in China with a Bachelors degree in Preschool Education. Lizzie completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Victoria University of Wellington in 2013 and gained local experience in various Wellington early childhood centres in 2014. She also happily completed a Masters in Education in February 2016!
Lizzie feels happy while she is working with children, especially when she sees children develop and grow in their language skills. She has many interests, such as music, reading, movies and swimming. During her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano or going out with her friends.
Qiubo (Anastasia) Li 李秋搏 Lǐ qiūbó | Mandarin Chinese Language Teacher (part-time)
Qiubo 秋搏 qiūbó teaches Saturday classes, helps Lizzie and Li Ling with the YouTube channel videos and programme development.
Qiubo is from Shandong province, in north east China, and has been working on a Bachelor of Commerce and Education at Victoria University of Wellington since July 2016, with future plans of qualifying as a teacher in New Zealand. She has worked at a foreign languages school / kindergarten during her summer breaks while she was in high school in Shandong, and most recently was teaching there in November 2016 to February 2017. Qiubo has a passion for teaching, enjoys spending time with children, and believes that she learns from the children as much as they learn from her.
Li Ling Ho 何丽玲 hé lì líng | Founder & Programme Director (voluntary)
Li Ling 丽玲 lì líng is involved with the programme, delivery and teacher training, curriculum and lesson development, admin, accounts and everything else that helps keep this thing ticking!
Li Ling was born in Singapore and moved to Wellington with her family when she was 6. It is amusing to look back now, but in the 80’s and early 90’s, most non-Asian people thought that Singapore was in China!
Li Ling founded this charity, Ni Hao Children’s Community, as she wanted to provide a supportive place where children could learn Mandarin as a conversational language in a fun and engaging way. Unfortunately, she is not a fluent Mandarin speaker herself (still learning!) as it was dry, irrelevant and not seen as a positive thing to be communicating in anything other than English in the 80’s and 90’s. She misses Singapore’s multilingualism and enjoys hearing different languages being spoken around her. She also understands how it feels to be learning a language that no one in the family has any fluency in, and applies a non-fluent speaker approach to the charity’s programmes.
She is passionate about making Mandarin learning fun, interactive, relevant, and accessible to children and families who are learning it as an additional language i.e. “MSOL”: Mandarin for Speakers of Other Languages. She loves seeing the children enjoy their learning, grow in confidence and fluency. It is so important to provide appealing opportunities for children to hear and use language from an early age.
Li Ling works as an analyst at a national disability employment organisation, Workbridge, squeezes Ni Hao Children’s Community work in after hours and also helps out with the children’s programme at Wellington Elim Church on Sundays. She was previously involved in setting up Kaibosh Food Rescue and a t-shirt social enterprise, thehinitiative, and thinks one of the best and most rewarding jobs is being a parent 🙂
Chien-Chi Lin 林千琦 Lín Qiānqí | Relief Teacher (voluntary)
Chien-Chi千琦 provides ad-hoc assistance and relief cover on a voluntary basis. She used to teach our Kids classes in 2015. Chien-Chi is originally from Taipei, Taiwan. She has spent a number of years in Australia and has been living in New Zealand for one and half years. She has been an EAL (English as Additional Language) teacher for three years in Taiwan. She gained her Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Waikato Institute of Technology in 2015.
She has participated in a variety of local communities — she was part of a Tongan Student Support and facilitated the English Corner at Waikato Institute of Technology. With her strong TESOL background, she sees MSOL as a mission of not only to pass on the language but also the culture to the future generation.
Chien-Chi is like Energizer Bunny — she enjoys teaching as putting herself into students’ shoes and having fun as well as being excited about learning with the students! Chien-Chi currently works as an assistant manager at Mojo.
Our Board of Trustees
Many thanks goes out to our Board for their support of this initiative!
Mei Ho, Chair | Li Ling Ho, Trustee | Alsu Sworder, Trialling a trustee role
We would like to acknowledge the following for their kindness, time, or support at some point for Ni Hao Children’s Community:
- Serene Chan
- Jo (Joanne) Hodgson, Moving 2 the Beat – a singer, opera star, theatre performer and voice tutor!
- Maggie Zhou, Chairperson/Principal, Wellington Chinese Language School
- Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington
- Louise & Katie from Community Comms Collective
- Previous trustees: Bibiana Brown (to September 2017), Frank Pearson (to December 2017)