Prior to joining Maylan, Xia LaoShi was a Pre-K teacher at a Chinese Immersion IB Magnet Elementary School in Michigan for 2 years. She received her Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University and Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Shanghai Normal University.
Ms. IuliaInfant Lead Teacher
Ms. Iulia is our Infant Lead teacher. She comes to join our team and brings her passion (for Montessori), over six years of experience, and her caring nature, to nurture and guide our most young and precious students – the infants. Her interest in the Montessori method of teaching developed when her daughter was born, in 2012. Watching her grow in a Montessori environment, led her to follow early childhood education with a focus on Montessori philosophy.
She enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time outdoors with her family, (her daughter Sophia and her husband Liviu).
One of Iulia’s favorite quotes by Dr. Maria Montessori is, “Of all things, love is most potent.”.
Farida Husain (Ms Farida)Montessori Lead Teacher
Montessori is the philosophy that Ms Farida lives and breathes every day, and she has done it for the last 30 years. Ms Farida started working at Solon Montessori in Cleveland Ohio in 1987, where she was trained by Mrs. Gunawardena who in turn had been trained under Dr. Maria Montessori and her son Mario Montessori in India. After Solon her family moved to Sydney, Australia for 6 years where she continued at Hills Montessori in Castle Hill. On their return back to US, they made their home in Birmingham, Alabama where she continued teaching at Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy until they moved to Atlanta in 2008. In Atlanta she have been a lead Pre-primary guide at Highlands Montessori and then a toddler guide at Decatur Montessori. Her Montessori certification is for 2 to 6 year age children which she received from The Michigan Montessori Training Center. In a nutshell, Ms Farida believes that every child has the potential to reach the stars when they are given the time and the guidance to be their unique self.
Hui Zhang, Ms. Phoebe grew up in Hunan, China. She is a certified Montessori teacher, working with children for four more years, mostly teaching students that were 3 to 6 years old. She believes that teaching is the one to connect children and the environment by providing a model for them and supporting them. She enjoys reading, hiking, and photographing.
Ms. JingyiSTEAM Teacher
Jingyi (Yillia) Zhang, was an illustrator, converted her career into a Chinese language and art teacher. She received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Cleveland State University and holds a Georgia P-12 teaching certificate (Chinese). Mrs. Zhang worked as a Chinese teacher at a private Catholic school, an independent school, and a district Chinese program Coordinator at K-12 public schools. She was the Resident Advisor and Culture Teacher for STARTALK Foreign Language Academy at Kent State University for two years. In addition, she was the OWL (Organic World Language) Chinese consultant and workshop facilitator during 2016-2018. Mrs. Zhang loves teaching language through PBL (Project-based learning) method which could lead students to discover their purpose in the world and give students more opportunities to apply Chinese in daily life. Besides teaching Chinese language classes, Mrs. Zhang is experienced in teaching young kids STEAM projects, oil painting, Chinese brush painting, and Chinese calligraphy.