Staff

Irene Ng: Founder, Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Irene and her family founded Mencius Mandarin Preschool in 2009 to provide a formal setting where her children could learn Mandarin Chinese from a young age. She received her B.A. in economics from Harvard University where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. Irene writes, reads and speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently, in addition to three other Chinese dialects and two other languages. She is certified in Childcare Management by New York University and worked at New York City's Philosophy Day School in 2007. She also holds the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Prior to a career in early childhood education, Irene was an international banker with Merrill Lynch (7 years), covering Asia, and traveled frequently to Greater China for business, where she conducted business in Mandarin Chinese. In her teen years she also starred as the lead in the Nickelodeon television series The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo and had a principal role in the movie The Joy Luck Club, in which she spoke only in Mandarin Chinese. In 1998 she was named to the list of "Top Ten Female Role Models of the Year" by the Ms. Foundation for Women, and was a celebrity spokesperson for Jane Fonda's Girls Inc., championing the specific cause of "A Girl's Right to Do Interesting Work and be Financially Independent."

Irene Ng

Chia-Chi Chang: Assistant Teacher

A native of Taiwan, Chia-Chi Chang graduated from National Taipei University in Taiwan and has an MBA degree from Clark University, Massachussetts. Currently she teaches Mandarin to young children at Northern Western Chinese School and also taught in Mencius Mandarin Preschool’s summer program in 2013 and 2014.

Ning Ha

Yang Ping: Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Yang Ping was born in China and graduated from Henan University of Economics and Law with a degree in Accounting. She worked at Zhengzhou City's Industrial and Commercial Bureau for several years before moving to the U.S. A mother of three young children, she also teachers arts and crafts and songs to preschoolers at her church's Sunday School. She has been teaching at Mencius Mandarin Preschool since March 2011 and is currently pursuing the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.

Yang Ping

Xiaoxi Song: Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Born and raised in Shanxi, China, Xiaoxi Song is a certified Preschool Head Teacher by the State of Connecticut and holds the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. She has been teaching at Mencius Mandarin Preschool since September 2013. She has also been teaching Mandarin to preschoolers in Huaxia Chinese School of Greater New York, where she is also assistant teacher for music and folk dancing. She received her B.A. in Computer Science in 2006 from Taiyuan University of Science and Technology in China.

Yang Ping

Yong-Gek Ang: Mandarin Chinese Teacher

A native Mandarin speaker from Singapore, Ang worked as Assistant Teacher at Mencius Mandarin Preschool in 2013. She obtained her diplomas in Electronic & Communication Engineering from the Singapore Polytechnic, and Management Studies from the Singapore Institute of Management. She worked as an engineer for several years in Singapore before moving to the US. She also teaches bible stories, songs, arts and crafts to preschoolers in the Chinese Alliance Church of Westchester on Sundays.

Wu Di

Jian-Hong Pan: Mandarin Chinese and Music Teacher

A native of Suzhou, China, Jian-Hong Pan started working with Mencius Mandarin Preschool as Assistant Teacher in March 2014. She has also been Assistant Teacher at Hua Xia Chinese School (White Plains, New York) since February 2013 for pre-K class, ages 3-4. She volunteers every week at Purchase Elementary School in their 5-6 year old class.

Wu Di