Meet the Teachers

Paul Haakenson

Paul Haakenson

Elementary Novice Chinese

Ni hao!” My students call me zhāng lǎo shī (张老师). I was born in the US but have lived or worked in Scotland, Denmark, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. I have been teaching Chinese to non-native speaking learners for eight years now and I love it! It is a remarkable feeling to hear students’ language expand over time. Working with the younger learners keeps me feeling young as well. My wife and I have raised two kids bilingually. Our new labradoodle dog Kaya only understands English, we think.

In the classroom, my greatest hope is that learners can experience success in a relaxed, supportive and fun way. Through the use of pictures, puppet shows, games, activities, and story-telling, learners can confidently communicate at their level.

Shuna Sun

Shuna Sun

Elementary Chinese

Ni hao! It is such a rewarding experience teaching Chinese to students during summer as I move around with students to PE, art, recess, cafeteria, and other activities than my own Chinese class. The content and context of this approach largely enriched the Chinese experience both for students and myself.

I was born in China and moved to Singapore 15 years ago. Having worked as an English teacher for 10 years in China and a Chinese teacher in Singapore for 14 years, SAS is truly a place where your dreams come true, both children and adults. I love all the children and everything we do together at SAS.

Tzung-Mei Jang

Tzung-Mei Jang

Middle School Chinese

This is my fourth year working as a speech language pathologist in SAS. Second language acquisition has been one of my passions personally and professionally.

I have worked with Chinese/English bilingual students for nearly 20 years, from public schools in Los Angeles, Taipei American School, Jakarta Intercultural School, to Hong Kong International School. Growing up speaking Chinese as a mother tongue and later learned English as a third language in Taiwan, I am raising my own children, ages 14 and 11, bilingually.

My goals for the students in the middle school Chinese class is to enjoy the learning process, feel comfortable using the language at their own levels, and to apply their Chinese language skills. I am very much looking forward teaching students who are ‘learning Chinese and loving it’ in Summer Semester!

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