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Welcome to Wellesley Chinese Language School

Leadership Team

Helen Fang

President of Board of Directors

Helen Fang is the co-founder and the current president of  Wellesley Chinese Language School. Serving as the school vice principal, vice president and president from 2009 – 2020, Helen devoted countless hours to building the school from ground up, including designing school curricula, developing marketing strategies, driving student enrollment, organizing big school/community events, managing media relations, negotiating business partnerships, proposing/establishing/managing after school program etc. Helen believes WCLS is not only a place where kids learn Chinese language, but also a platform where students learn to embrace differences and a community center where families make friends with each other.

Helen is currently the CEO of a medical device startup. She previously worked in Fidelity Investments as the Director of Analytics and Research. Helen holds dual Master degrees in both Economics and Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Jianmei Kochling

Vice President of Board of Directors

Jianmei Kochling is the founding principal of WCLS and served as the principal for 10 year since its inauguration in September 2010. She is now the Vice President of the board of directors. Since the creation of WCLS, Jianmei has worked tirelessly to build the brand up in and out of Wellesley. She has made the community not just for ethnically and culturally Chinese students but also for non-Chinese kids as well. She’s expanded the school from just a mere 75 students to about 180 students. Her favorite part of the school is watching students grow up happily accomplished. She loves to see students of all backgrounds learning about Chinese culture. She says that at WCLS, she has been given a very rewarding experience of working with many talented staff members and teachers. She really appreciates the friendship and support abs has gained from the WCLS community.

Haihong Li

Principal

Dr. Haihong Li, is the current WCLS principal. She is a highly decorated educator who studied at the most prestigious universities in China and earned her Ph.D in history at Harvard University. She has taught history and the Chinese language at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Marian High School and St. John’s High School. Over her many years of teaching students of all ages, Haihong has had an extensive experience in the American education system and has become excellent at guiding students to their highest academic potential.

Haihong is also very involved in many community activities. Concerned about the civil and political rights of Asian Americans, she has been engaged in many relevant social and political activities and was elected as the Town Meeting Member of Wellesley.

Outside of work, Haihong loves traditional Chinese poetry writing. If you ever see her in the halls, be sure to come up and say hello. She is always there for support, guidance, and any questions you may have!

Ally Jin

Board Member, Treasurer

Ally Jin is a certified public accountant. She has served as a board member and Treasurer of the School since 2010. She feels that she has benefited from her experiences at the School both personally and professionally. Some reflections that she would like to share with kids in our Chinese School community include:

Find your passion and enjoy what you do. She enjoys multitasking and problem solving in her daily job as a financial reporting consultant. Community service happens to be another area that she may apply her skills. Running a school with limited resources and staff members is a challenging but rewarding task. Seeing the satisfaction of students, parents, and the greater community is what drives her to do her best work.

Community service, however, is one out of many ways to create positive change.  Our school provides various volunteer opportunities to middle and high school students. We hope that students take initiative to influence their community in a helpful manner, and also develop skills that any team-oriented jobs require. Apart from volunteering, the youth might also consider entrepreneurship as a means of benefiting their community with creativity and inspiration. What is important is that every individual finds their own unique path.

Zhaopeng Ji

Dean

Mrs. Ji earned both her bachelor and master degree in Chinese Literacy from Renmin University of China. She has been teaching in WCLS since the school’s inception and has taught adult Chinese, MLPK to MLP7, Chinese 8 and AP Chinese. She also taught college-level Chinese classes at UMass Boston. She found her passion in teaching after joining WCLS. She has enjoyed teaching throughout the years and has built strong bonds with her students. Her current AP class has been with her for 10 years since the first grade. In addition, Mrs. Ji engages the parents throughout the curriculums. She has invited the parents to do presentations about their careers to showcase different working industries. Furthermore, the class final presentations display the progression of the students to the parents, and parents are always eager to see their growth. Parents are for sure contributing to her students’ Chinese learning environment.

Mingxing Liu

Director of Afterschool Program

Mr. Liu earned master degree in Physics from Beijing University.  He is also the Director of the afterschool program (WCEA). He published several novels, prose and articles in China. He was Deputy Director of Jinhaiwang electronic audio and video publishing house in Guangxi, China; he was operating director for Public Reading Division in Tianwen Digitial Media Technology; he was also a content manager for Beijing Fangzheng Network Technology.

Alice Li

Vice Principal

Mrs. Li is Associate of the Society Actuaries. She had been working as a pension consultant in a leading Canadian consulting firm for about 10 years after obtaining her bachelor of science specialized in math. She taught in Chinese Culture Associate of NB and École Chinoise (Mandarin) de Montréal before moving to the United States. 

As Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mrs. Li would like to try her best to foster our Chinese community, to bring all who are interested in Chinese language and in Chinese culture together.

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Our school strives to educate, challenge, and inspire Wellesley and its
surrounding communities by presenting a quality curriculum incorporating
Chinese language learning classes and Chinese cultural studies for both children
and adults, thereby promoting cross-cultural understanding.

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