This fall, Yaojia Qu returns to Avenues as an associate teacher in a Mandarin Chinese section of 1st grade. Yaojia joined Avenues last year as an intern in the Avenues Interim Mastery program in the Lower Division. She came to us after working as a teaching assistant in the East Asian Language and Culture Department at Columbia University. There, Yaojia assisted faculty members with proctoring placement tests, grading assignments, preparing class materials and providing technology support.
Before working at Columbia University, Yaojia was a student teacher for 1st graders at SWAN Chinese-American International School in New York City. She designed a curriculum that integrated both Chinese and American cultural elements, including lesson plans with traditional Chinese literature as well as modern pop music.
At Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China, Yaojia served as an instructor in the School of Chinese Language and Literature. There, she provided an opportunity for students to practice listening to and speaking Chinese in real-life situations, experiencing Chinese culture and developing cross-cultural competence. She also worked in Beijing as an instructor at the Embassy of Mongolia, teaching elementary and intermediate-level Chinese to embassy personnel to help them better understand Chinese culture.
Earlier in her teaching career, Yaojia worked in Honolulu, Hawaii, as a teaching assistant and later an instructor at University of Hawaii at Manoa. In Honolulu, she also worked as an assistant teacher at STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp and as an instructor and the 13th Chinese Bridge.
Yaojia graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with a B.A and an M.A. in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages. This May, she also earned an M.A. in bilingual education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Outside of work, Yaojia enjoys spending time with her families and friends. She also loves meditation and philosophy, as well as practicing yoga and jumping rope.
- 1st Grade
- Lower Division
- Mandarin Chinese
- Teacher Bio