Ping Gao grew up in Tianjin, northeast of China. She received her bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Tianjin Foreign Language Study University. After three years of working with 3- to 12-year-old students in several different settings, Gao decided to get into a master’s degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Auburn University in order to hone her teaching effectiveness. As a second language learner and speaker, she knows the challenges and problems encountered in learning a second language and can help students effectively overcome difficulties. Gao joined Panda Family in 2019 after she graduated and has really enjoyed teaching and learning with her students here! She believes language is more than a tool of communication; it is one of the most beautiful things in the world that can bring us to explore the big big world. In her spare time, she likes traveling, cooking, and is on the way to learning the ukulele. She is always curious about learning and knowing everything new.
Amanda grew up in West Virginia (and has moved a lot), but has now settled here with her family, which includes her husband, son, daughter, two dogs, a lizard, and a tortoise. She loves swimming, playing the drums, and reading. She cannot wait to share that love of reading with her future students. She graduated from Marshall University in 2004, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She has worked as a preschool teacher and a literacy tutor. She spent ten years when her children were younger as a stay-at-home mom. Recently, she graduated from Western Governors University with a Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education, and completed her demonstration teaching here at E.P.A. Amanda is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and International Honor Society in Education.
Han is from Chongqing, China where she received her bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in 2007. She then went to Beijing for graduate school and earned her master of Applied Linguistics in 2011. This is Han’s 9th year at East Point Academy and 3rd year of teaching 3rd grade. In her spare time, Han is an avid traveler and a documentary buff. She is also a houseplant lover.