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

Yinan Ma: Assistant Teacher

A native of Shenyang, China, Yinan Ma has taught at Mencius Mandarin Preschool since June 2016. She also serves as Head Teacher for pre-K class in Huaxia Chinese School of Greater New York since 2016. She holds a B.A. in financial management from Liaoning University.

Yinan Ma

Mengyi Li: Mandarin Chinese and Music Teacher

A native of Wuhan, China, Mengyi Li has a Masters Degree in Education from University of Bridgeport, and a B.A. in Music Education from Hubei Engineering University in Hubei, China. In 2006-2008 she worked as Music Teacher in Oriental Preschool in Shanghai, China. In 2013-14 she taught afterschool program to 5-7 year olds at Mandarin Seeds in New York City. 2013-15 she taught Mandarin to 2nd and 5th graders in Hua Xia Chinese School in White Plains, NY where she was awarded "Teacher of the Inaugural Year for Outstanding and Dedicated Services” in 2013. Ms. Li started work at Mencius Mandarin Preschool in September 2014. She also currently teaches Mandarin on weekends at Chinese Language School of Connecticut.

Mengyii

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.

Xiaoxi

Yuqi Liu: Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Yuqi was born in Jilin, China and received her bachelor’s degree from University of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2014. She has been teaching at Mencius Mandarin Preschool since summer 2015. Since 2014 she has served as Head Teacher for pre-K class in Huaxia Chinese School of Greater New York.

Yuqi Liu