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Natasha Pierce

K-12 Master Teacher & Co-Trainer

Yaching Hsu Kelkis (徐雅菁)


Ya-Ching Hsu-Kelkis is a returning teacher of the 2011 program and has served as the master teacher of the VSCTA program since 2012. She works closely with the practicum facilitator, Alice Lin, to ensure well-sequenced and effective curricular planning and implementation during practicum. She holds an M.A. degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language granted by Middlebury College and is currently teaching at the Chinese American International School. She has taught Chinese as a foreign language and ESL for approximately 10 years in the US and abroad and specializes in creating an enriched Chinese immersion environment for students to learn with a fun and meaningful focus on higher order thinking skills. She has participated in many professional development programs focused on Chinese language proficiency, assessment and curriculum design. In addition, she has also frequently presented papers on exemplary thematic units at ACTFL. Her devotion to teaching and incomparable talents in creating a communicative and interactive immersion class has inspired numerous learners to love learning Chinese language and culture and become life-long learners.