Tiwana Merritt joined China New Horizons in 2016 after spending ten years teaching in Australia. She has specialized in outdoor and experiential education throughout most of her teaching career. She graduated from Southern Oregon University with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science then completed a Graduate Diploma of Education at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia and most recently a Masters in Educational Leadership through Monash University. This USA native grew up enjoying sports, reading and travel. As a China New Horizons team member Tiwana is responsible for the development and delivery of the Visiting Schools Program. She is looking forward to exploring China while learning more about Chinese language, culture and history.
Paul Yuen joined China New Horizons in 2014. He is a passionate outdoor enthusiast, interested in all kinds of outdoor sports and recreation. Having completed his degree in Outdoor Education in Ireland, Paul was able to peruse his interests professionally. He has since worked as an outdoor activity instructor in Ireland, and whitewater rafting guide in North Caroline, USA before moving back home. Paul is responsible for the development and coordination of our Visiting Schools Program.
Since his move back to Hong Kong in 2011, he has continued his passion working with youth and sharing the joy of outdoor adventures with others. If he is not at work, he can often be found playing rugby with mates or hiking with his corgi around Sai Kung country park.
Yan Chen, from the city of Ningbo, China. After four years of studying at Hangzhou Normal University she received a bachelor degree with a high score and reward. From 2004 to 2016 Yan had been working in a public middle school for 12 years as a class teacher, Chinese language and literature teacher. She is experienced in teaching Chinese as language A and language B, also worked in a private language school teaching Chinese to foreigners. As a member of the China New Horizons team she is the Chinese and culture coordinator at Utahloy International School. Her main role is working with overseas students in teaching them about Chinese language and culture, devising the TCSL curriculum, managing logistics for host schools, and arranging a range of varied programs.
Yan enjoys reading, movies, music, nature, biking and travelling. She is also interested in learning different languages and cultures. Her attitude for life is, 'always keep smiling and be positive trying my best, smile to life and life will smile to you too'!
Jane Jiang, a Chinese language and culture facilitator of China New Horizons department at Utahloy International School. I'm responsible for the program preparation, coordination, implementation and other aspects such as teaching Chinese language and organising Chinese cultural experiential activities.
Ms. Jiang majored in Teaching Chinese As a Second language in Hubei University of Education, received Bachelor of Arts Degree and acquired her Secondary School Teacher Certificate. After graduating her dream to be a teacher came true, she was selected by Hanban/Confucius Institute to be a Volunteer Chinese teacher. She has taught Chinese for two years at Kritsana Vittaya School in Songkhla Thailand. She considered herself lucky as she enjoyed staying with the students joining in witnessing their growth and achievements. Two years overseas teaching enhanced her understanding of Chinese language and culture, made her an experienced teacher, and improved her ability of organization and coordination as well. Excellent work earned her a high degree of recognition and she won the Volunteer Chinese Teacher Certificate of Honor of Hanban/Confucius Institute.
Ms. Jiang has a wide range of hobbies, not only does she reads books, do Chinese paper-cutting, but also enjoy the fun of outdoor sports, like mountain climbing and hiking. As the saying goes, 'where there's a will, where is a way'. She has a small body but great power, so she does everything with great determination and perseverance.
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