Executive Director & Staff


Executive Director

Zhaoyi Liu was born and raised in Nanjing, China, on the Yangzi River several hours west of Shanghai; She graduated from Nanjing University with a major in Chinese Literature.  Zhao Yi's educational background and natural talent as a teacher, makes her undoubtedly one of the best Chinese teacher in Chicago.  She enjoys, fiction, history and she is a good listener. Her passion is teaching Chinese culture and language.

Teaching Staff


Yinghua,with her BA in English Language and MA in TESOL credentials, taught English as a foreign language in the most prestigious foreign language university in Beijing, China and started teaching Mandarin Chinese to college students as well as kids from 12 months old to 12 years old after moving to the U.S. While teaching, Yinghua focuses on not only the language itself but also the culture. Now she is happy to see that more and more people of diverse cultures are becoming interested in knowing more about China and are willing to learn the Chinese language which they think very different, difficult but interesting. She takes great pride in being able to teach Mandarin Chinese to people of all ages with all cultural backgrounds in this country.


Lei Zhang was born and raised in Tianjin, China and left for the U.S when she was 16 years old. She graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL with a B.S. in biochemistry and chemistry.  She has been working as a HIV research technician at Rush University Medical Center for the past five years and finishing her Master of Public Health degree in the division of Community Health Science at UIC. During my senior year of college,sheinitiated a Chinese (Mandarin/Eastern Asian Study) program at Knox College, as well as taught Mandarin for college credit. She is passionate about teaching the language, as well as the Chinese cultures and traditions.  She is honored to  become one of the members of the  teaching team this year, and is looking forward to having a great time at ChinaFriends. 


Lijun comes from Tianjin in China, and graduated from Australia Charles Sturt University with a bachelor degree in business, and is also a graduate from University of Illinois at Chicago with a MBA degree. She comes from many year of teaching Chinese to the foreign students in China and was also an English teacher before coming to the U.S. She was working at Chinakids at Chicago three years ago and right now, she is living in Taiwan and working for Skype lessons for 2 years. She has a lot of fun being with the children at ChinaFriends.


Alice (Xiaojing) Liu is from Weifang, China. She has her BA in Art Design and M.S. Ed. in Instructional Technology from Southern Illinois Univerisity Edwardsville, her emphasis is in Educational Techonlogy. She also got her teaching Certificate with teaching Chinese as a second language from Beijing Language and Culture University. Xiaojing has been a CSL teacher for over 10 years. She is very patient, passionate, and hard- working. She enjoys every moment with her students in her classroom.


Xueting Ji came from Shenyang, China. She graduated from Shenyang university with a bachelor degree in English. Before came to the United States, Xueting had taught at public elementary school and preschool in China. She is passionate at teaching in classroom and taking care of her students. While getting along with those innocent children, she found lots of happiness. Xueting is very patient and enthusiastic in teaching and education.She is proud of be in the Chinafriends teaching team. She will do her best to bring laugh and cheer to her students.


Lina Wan, is from Wuhan. She is a undergraduate student in major mathematics in DePaul University. She received the highest level certificate with a Chinese traditional instrument which is called Guzheng in China. Lina is very patient. She brought lots fun and laugh in the classroom.

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