Yi (Lizzie) Li | 李怡 lǐ yí | Mandarin Chinese Language Teacher (full-time)
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 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.
Ay Dih (Addy) Beh | 马爱娣 mǎ ài dì |Mandarin Chinese Language Teacher (part-time)
Addy was born in Malaysia and had taught in a primary school in Singapore for 12 years before coming to New Zealand. Her academic qualifications include a Master of Arts degree in Chinese Studies ( National University of Singapore) and Postgraduate Diploma in Education ( Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education, Singapore). Her teaching philosophy is that a classroom should be safe and stimulating to help develop a child’s passion for learning. She is pastoral and enjoys spending time with children during lessons.
Chien-Chi Lin | 林千琦 lín qiān qí | Operations Manager (part-time)
Chien-Chi 千琦 qiān qí is slowly phasing in as an operations manager for the charity, with a couple of hours per week from mid-August 2018. She will assist Li Ling with keeping the educational and day-to-day operation running smoothly, and being a point of contact and support for the teachers and families in our community.
Chien-Chi is originally from Taipei, Taiwan. She has spent a number of years in Australia and has been living in New Zealand for over four years. She has worked as a teacher for Ni Hao Children’s Community previously, and then as a cafe manager for MOJO Coffee in Wellington. She was an EAL (English as Additional Language) teacher for three years in Taiwan and then gained a Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Waikato Institute of Technology in 2015. With her strong TESOL background, she sees MSOL as a mission to not only to pass on the language but also the culture to the future generation.
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. 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 in NZ. 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-native speaker approach to the charity’s programmes.
This charity, Ni Hao Children’s Community, was founded as Li Ling wanted to provide a supportive place where children could learn Mandarin as a conversational language in a fun and engaging way. 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, while growing in confidence and language skill. 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, lends a hand here and there at her children’s school, and is still in touch with an awesome place for little ones, Capital Montessori School. 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 🙂
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)