Our faculty & staff

Stella Beaver



“Learning should be fun and exciting!”
This is what Ms Stella has always believed throughout her educational career. During her 22 years of teaching, Ms Stella has practiced this philosophy with all age groups, both children and adults. Not only is this teaching method very effective, but there is also more joy in learning for both the learners and the teacher. Another important lesson that Ms Stella learned from her career is that every student is capable of learning once they believe they can.

Ms Stella taught in public schools in GA until her children were born. After giving birth, she decided to homeschool her three children for 12 years. During this time, she continued to teach part-time at local language schools, Montessori schools, and corporations. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

  • 1996 B.A. in Early Childhood Education, at Oglethorpe University.
  • GA Certification:  ESOL, Middle School Math and Early Childhood Education.



Xiao Qin (Ms Kong)

Primary Lead Teacher


Xiao Qin 孔老師, Ms Kong is from Shanghai, China. This (2017) will be her 2nd year at Maylan. She received her education in teaching back in Shanghai. After graduating, she worked with children for eight years, mostly teaching students that were 3 to 6 years old. She is a mother of three, who are respectively 8-years-old, 2-years-old, and 8-months-old (as of 2017). She enjoys singing, exercising, reading books, and drawing with her students. Because American class sizes are comparatively smaller than in China, Ms Kong finds that this enables teachers to have more love, patience, and responsibility in their classrooms. “Everything is for the students” is what she lives by.

Hsiaoyen “Yen” Chen (Mrs Yen)

Pre-Primary Teacher


Hsiaoyen Chen 陈小燕,  Mrs Yen is from TaiChung and is an experienced Chinese language teacher with more than 20 year teaching experience. She has been working at Maylan as teacher for Pre-Primary Chinese program from day one. She believes every child should have access to education and the opportunity to learn. Mrs Yen is a wife and a mother of three wonderful daughters. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, travel, and drawing.


Yunzhu Lu (Ms Lu)

After-School Teacher


This 2017 fall semester will be Ms Lu’s first time teaching at Maylan International Academy. Ms Lu grew up in Tianjin, China. In China, she got her bachelor’s degree, majored in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, and received her teaching certificate. After she came to the United States, Ms. Lu continued her higher education at the University of Georgia and recently graduated this May 2017 with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  Because of her passion for working with children and her having the essential patience, Ms Lu will excel as our After-School teacher.

  • 2017 master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, UGA
  • Majored in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

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.