This fall, Yingwen Chen returns to Avenues as head teacher in a Chinese section of 4th grade. Since she joined Avenues in 2013, Yingwen’s roles have included head teacher in 2nd and in 3rd grade.
Before coming to Avenues, Yingwen worked as a student teacher at the Hewlett Elementary School and Ogden Elementary School (Hewlett, NY), where she taught English to speakers of other languages in grades 2 through 5. She also served a student teacher at Lower East Side Preparatory High School in New York, where she taught Chinese as a foreign language to a class of 30 students. In that role she developed and implemented lessons with a focus on different topics, including science, cultural studies and social studies, and used instructional technological tools, such as LEGO education robotics, iPads and Smartboards. These previous experiences with second language learners has been valuable to Yingwen in the immersion classes at Avenues.
Prior to moving to New York, Yingwen worked as an analyst at the Shanghai (China) Municipal Health Bureau, translating documentation from Spanish into Chinese. She also facilitated meetings with visitors from Spanish-speaking and English-speaking countries. Her first teaching experience was as a volunteer at Dong-Li Fengmei Special School in Shanghai, where she taught students with special needs basic oral English and Chinese literacy skills.
Yingwen has a B.A. in Spanish from Shanghai International Studies University and received an M.S.Ed. in languages other than English (Chinese) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She holds a certificate for childhood education from East China Normal University and New York State certification in teaching Mandarin and TESOL (both 7 through 12), as well as for kindergarten through grade 6.
Yingwen likes art, including traditional Chinese painting and drawing, and does traditional paper cutting. She also enjoys reading all kinds of books and traveling around world, which makes her understand how people are different and same. “I believe that language allows people to see the world through a different lens,” she says.
- 4th Grade
- Lower Division
- Mandarin Chinese
- Teacher Bio