Pracitcum Facilitator, Teacher Program Lead Teacher, Student Program
Yuan Zhao graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. While she was at Barnard College, she was an Asian Scholar from 2001 to 2005. She then received a full-tuition fellowship from Sarah Lawrence College to pursue a degree in M.S. in Education while working at the renowned Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College as a teaching assistant. She is a Certified Mandarin Teacher for grades 1-12 in New York. She currently teaches Chinese to high school students at Mamaroneck High School (MHS) in Mamaroneck, NY. Prior to teaching at MHS, she also taught at Dalton School in New York City and Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon. In summer 2012, she received a Klingenstein Fellowship from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was also awarded the Outstanding Tutor Prize in the 2012 “Confucius Institute Cup” International Composition Competition for Chinese Language Learners. In the summer of 2014, she served as an assistant to lead instructors at the University of Vermont STARTALK Teacher program and worked with Chinese teachers to help them to plan curricula and implement lesson plans. As a past participant of the University of Virginia STARTALK, she looks forward to sharing her passion for language teaching with other Chinese teachers in the 2016 UVa STARTALK program.