I have worked with Iwen
for over 4 years as a Mandarin
storyteller for the library. Iwen’s role as a
world language storyteller is very important.
She brings experience and in-depth knowledge about
early childhood education to weekly sessions. Story
times are fun, enriching and open doors to cultural experiences and traditions. Iwen has a passion for
working with children and families and
it is a pleasure to have her as part
of our team! CiKeithia P.
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My child has been attending
Iwen's class for about a year now and he
has had a great time. Iwen does an excellent job
of mixing fun with learning and my son's Chinese has steadily improved. Iwen's classes are small and the kids receive a lot of personalize attention so
they can learn at their own pace (even if you
don't speak any Chinese at home).
Throughout the past year,
my 2-yr old daughter and I have
taken class with Iwen. I have been continually impressed with her patience, creativity and joy in teaching. Our experience has been outstanding.
visited many schools
in Seattle and the Eastside
and no one has impressed me as
much as Iwen. In fact, now I can’t
even look at other schools, because the
bar has been set so high by Iwen. Her
classroom is so inviting and has everything
labelled in Chinese, with Chinese books and
posters everywhere.... In addition, I’m so impressed
with the work that my daughter brings home. The kids
learned about metamorphosis from a tadpole to a frog in
Chinese and in preschool. The amount of vocabulary learned in that
lesson alone was immense! Iwen offers art and cooking classes too, which
helps to further expand the vocabulary of her students. I keep all
of the handouts and work my daughter brings home. We
review it and I am happy to say that I am
learning a lot of Mandarin too.
Ms Iwen has a natural gift with
students, and makes each of her classes fun, engaging
and challenging. My son started with very basic Mandarin ability
and built up an impressive vocabulary and grasp of the language in the
3 years he studied with Iwen. Her immersion style built his confidence in
both speaking and understanding of the language, and fostered a greater interest and
understanding of Chinese culture. His favorite part of class was learning different games
in Mandarin and the hands on approach in creating books and projects. He really enjoyed
her teaching style and looked forward to each lesson. Iwen provided him with such an
excellent base that he was eager to continue studying Mandarin after we moved away. We
truly realized how much he had learned when he applied to an independent school in our
new city he was asked to draw something and write an essay about it. As art is not his
forte he decided to write a page of Chinese characters and include a brief essay on
the evolution of the Chinese character. The admissions team was stunned, as
were we, as we were not even aware that he had learned this with Iwen.
We are so grateful to Iwen for cultivating this interest and know
it will continue to serve him throughout his education.