Mandarin Immersion Preschool
Our Teachers and Administrators
Our Advisory Committee
Each of the members of our preschool Advisory Committee is a dedicated advocate for early childhood education and the ability of bilingual and bicultural exposure to instill in children a sense of wonder and curiosity for a lifetime.
China Institute instructors are professional educators with a deep passion for sharing Chinese language and culture with students.
Yonglian Xiao, Associate Director, Children & Youth Programs
Ms. Xiao received her BA from Huazhong Normal University, her MA from the Metropolitan College of New York, and has a Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) New York State Teacher Certification. For over 30 years she has taught kindergarten to middle school, as well as at a teacher training school, in both China and the United States. Ms. Xiao also served as the director of a Mandarin-language kindergarten in China for 15 years. She joined China Institute in 2017 and has been head of the Children and Youth Program since 2018.
Shenzhan Liao, Head of School
Ms. Liao is Head of School at China Institute and Dean of Confucius Institute at China Institute. Ms. Liao graduated with an M.ED. in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, after receiving an M.A. in Comparative Education from Beijing Normal University, China. Ms. Liao joined China Institute in 2008 to manage professional development for Chinese language teachers, and since then has worked extensively with K-12 schools, universities, governmental agencies and private institutions in the U.S. and China on programs promoting cross-cultural understanding. In her current position at China Institute, Ms. Liao oversees all educational programs including language learning for children and adults, as well as professional development for K-12 educators. Ms. Liao served as a member of the Alumni Council at Columbia University’s Teachers College from 2014-2019.