Jiao Ying 焦莹
Principal & Art Teacher
Founder and Principal of Jiao Ying Chinese Culture and Art School in Portland Oregon
Outstanding Teacher by US Children Art Center and Oregon Humane Society
Owner/Director/Teacher of Art World School & Jiao Ying School
Miss Mimi Yan has been assisting Principal Jiao Ying in teaching and running Jiao Ying School since 1997 and In 2018, she established new locations that retain the same successful fine art program with the addition of a new after school program, under the name of Art World School. She has been awarded many regional, national, and international art awards herself. Some of those achievements include winning 1st place in the APACSA poster design contest in 2000, 2nd place twice in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition in 2001 and 2002, and 3rd place for the 1st Annual National Co/Motion Alliance For Justice Poster design contest in 2003, where she was the only winner of Asian descent and of Oregon to be awarded in the contest and was invited to Washington D.C. to accept the award personally from then Congressman David Wu and Senator Wyden. As the only winner from Oregon, she was also featured on public broadcast and interviewed for publication. Her education includes a Bachelor degree at Pratt Institute and masters degree at Portland State University, where she studied fine arts, graphic design, as well as art history. Besides her work at Jiao Ying School, her work experiences include working at Pratt Institute and teaching students of all ages at Jin Cai International Elementary School in Shanghai and New Oriental headquarter in Beijing (The largest educational training center in China). Her student works have also won top awards from international and national contests such as the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, Humane Society Poster Design Contest, and has been collected by the World's Children's Museum as well as been published in promotional material by art companies such as Blick and Sakura of America. She strives to continuously research new teaching methods, mediums, and organize effective as well as enjoyable art education programs for all students.
English/Mathematics/Arts & Crafts
Rosemary was born and educated in San Francisco, California and has a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of San Francisco (Lone Mountain). She is also AMI Montessori certified from Primary Northwest Montessori Institute, in Portland. Rosemary combines her training in Montessori education with a lifelong interest in arts and crafts in her work with children and families. She is a grandmother to four children, aged 4 to 11 years.
Pulin Wang is a very dedicated Mandarin Chinese teacher who strives to incorporate an understanding of Chinese culture, history, and the origination of Chinese characters to her lessons to help students gain a better understanding, appreciation, and interest to learning to language with every class. Before moving to the United States, Pulin was an editor at Wuhan University Press, specializing in publishing textbooks for law school students and law related professional researching works. In the past few years, she has been volunteering in LanSu garden and other Chinese community events. She received her master’s degree in law from Wuhan University and Master of Accountancy and financial information system from Cleveland State University.
Wuling was a professional gymnast since she was 5 year old and the first person to hold a Master degree in Rhythmic gymnastics in China.
As a former US Rhythmic National team coach she also Produced two national champions. She was also an International Judge. Wuling is a very fun coach and loves kids. She loves to teach young kids to learn beautiful sport with ribbon, hoop, ball, rope and clubs.
Aerobics Dance Class
Discovering her love for dance at three years of age, Sierra Mullins never wanted to be without it once she’d started. Her dancing started with creative movement in Ashland, Oregon. At age 9, however, she started ballet and it immediately became her world. From the year 2004 through 2014, she studied in Medford with Sylvia Bolton, Dancing People Company, and others. Over the years she gained performance experience in classical and contemporary ballet and was cross trained through classes that focused on flexibility, strength, and stamina. Upon arriving in Portland over two years ago, Sierra discovered her passion for Salsa and currently dances with Lines Dance Academy, training and performing with the school. It was during this time that she began teaching ballet classes, maintaining a link to the style that initially inspired her to make dance fixture in her life.
Through her stretch and strength class, Sierra seeks to offer each student not only an excellent workout, but a way to focus in on the importance of building limber muscles and establishing a strong core. In her classes, she pulls from the disciples in which she’s trained while creating an enjoyable atmosphere so that each student will have the potential to get the most from his or her training.
Monique graduated with a BA in journalism from the University of Arizona. Throughout her educational career, she studied abroad in both Costa Rica and China taking language immersion courses in each. In China, she taught English as well as held a camp counselor position which had a lasting impact, inspiring her to pursue instructing further. She is passionate about teaching about art, expression and being silly.
Fine Art/English/Math/Arts & Crafts/Yoga
Hannah has always had a passion for teaching and has been working with children from the time she was in high school. For university, she moved to Los Angeles, gaining a B.S. in Human Biology and a minor in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California. She then returned to school for a Masters in Arts in Teaching and has been actively been working as a teacher in schools ever since. She was trained on Next Generation Science Standards as well as Common Core and has experienced success as the teacher with the greatest increase in state test scores in her previous school. She has also worked in schools with project-based learning, mastery systems, and proficiency learning.
Architecture/Fine Art/Chinese Mandarin
Majoring in Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Steven has been practicing art since he was five. He found his love for architecture at a young age through arts and crafts and progressing to model building and design. Designing structures from gardens spaces to observatories to full theaters, Steven has a passion to integrate eastern philosophies of architecture and art into a western setting. Through his architecture work, he's achieved the Scholastics Gold Key award and he even had his architectural photography hung up in the Kemper Gallery in St. Louis. In addition, he's also very proficient in fine arts such as painting and drawing.
He holds a great emphasis to the ideals between function and form and strives to find the perfect balance between these two concepts within his architectural designs. His mastery in craft creates a great emphasis on cleanliness and efficiency with material and design. In his classes, he teaches students about the kinds of designs they can make within the constraints of a realistic atmosphere. He tries to inspire the students in the same way he was inspired to pursue architecture through design and creativity.
Music & Piano
Dylan is an ecstatic and versatile piano instructor. He had received formal piano instruction from the age of 5 and is experienced with a myriad of genres (classical, jazz, latin, pop, R&B, etc.) His main goal is to provide a positive and fun learning environment to all of his students while pushing and motivating them to progress consistently. Due to his versatility, his students will have a diverse palette to choose from as far as what musical direction they want to take.
Dylan Stephenson is a producer, audio engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and
piano instructor. From an early age, Dylan has been passionate about music, and
that passion admitted him to the prestigious Berklee College of Music majoring in
Music Production & Engineering, while being a participant in the North American
Scholarship Tour. Prior to his collegiate education, Dylan started serving for the
United States Army as an Army Bandsman. That service has given Dylan a myriad of
skills regarding professionalism, performance, and attention to detail, and has
served as his backbone expressed in all of his work. Dylan also does not settle for
mediocrity, as he continually pushes himself to hone his craft. He lives by the Albert
Einstein quote: “Once you stop learning, you start dying.”
Fine Art/Dance/Arts & Crafts
Kayla Burke was born in China and adopted when she was eighteen months old. As a child, she loved to dance, and began dancing with the Oregon Ballet Theater at age seven where she continued to study up until age fourteen. While there, she performed in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Kayla graduated high school last year from the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy where she studied various art media’s for six years. She has always had a passion for kids and strives to help nurture their creativity.
Kayla is a strong advocate for self-expression. Through her classes, she encourages her kids to be creative and express themselves by using their minds, hands, and body. Her dance classes are designed to give kids a fun way to work out and engage their bodies, while also learning various dance techniques. In addition, through her art classes, she aims to encourage, empower, and guide young artists through their own artistic journeys.
Chinese Mandarin/ Mathematics/ Fine Art
Candy is a native Chinese Mandarin speaker who has an art and Design, as well as tutoring background. She first started working as an Assistant Teacher at Art World School, then graduated to lead classes of her own. She believes in utilizing different child centered techniques that help the child understand and retain the material taught. She has teaching experience from Shanghai, China and has won the Gold Prize for Counseling and Organization.