Iwen has been a second-language acquisition specialist working with youths ranging from infants to high school students since 2005. In addition to teaching at her own school, Language Garden Academy,
she also presents world-language story times at Seattle Public Library branches. A true "third culture kid", Iwen lived in 4 different countries while growing up. She is trilingually fluent in Mandarin/Spanish/English and has the first-hand experience of knowing what it takes to learn a second language at a young age. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, art gallery hopping, photography, pottery making, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and globetrotting. She has traveled to more than 40 nations and counting.
At Language Garden Academy, we foster an authentic environment in which second-language acquisition happens naturally. Our cohesive curriculum presents ample opportunities for children to see, hear and speak their new language through interactive and engaging activities. Our classes are capped at 8 students each, enabling us to emphasize on differentiated instructions for different learning styles and abilities. We offer Mandarin immersion preschool, pottery, martial arts during the week and language programs for older children in weekend.