Our Staff

Our teachers are native Chinese Mandarin speakers and all have college degrees with many skills and experiences in early childcare education. They do not view themselves as the children’s teachers but also co-learners. They play with the children as well as observe the children, listen and ask children open-ended questions to encourage them to express their thoughts and creativity.

Bruce Huang
Chief Operating Officer

Bruce has extensive experience in language and culture studies. He has received a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures at Washington State University and is currently completing his Master’s in Interpretation and Translation from Shanghai International Studies University. Bruce is a one and half generation Chinese American who grew up in America. He understands exactly what children needs in order to overcome the barriers of learning a second language at a young age. Having self-taught in his proficiency in Chinese – fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese – he worked hard to keep up while going to school for his Master's degree in China. Although not engaged directly our everyday activities, he works behind the scenes to ensure our program delivers to the best of its effectiveness by picking out the books we use, assisting with the curriculum design and answering emails.

Lan Zhang
Founder & Director of Sunny Language Academy

Ms. Zhang was born and raised in China, a native Chinese Mandarin speaker who speaks both English and Chinese. She has over 13 years of experiences in working with children from ages six month to 12 yeas old. In the past, She has worked as a Chinese Mandarin teacher at several of the local Chinese Language Immersion Schools and Seattle Elementary School. She is caring, friendly, honest, and passionate educator. She earned her AAST degree in Early Childhood Education from Bellevue College. In her free time she likes to run, hike, kayak, cook, fish, and read. Her favorite Children's book is the “Sheep In a Jeep”. She strongly believes that loving and building good relationships with children and knowing their cultural backgrounds is the key to a child’s success in learning.

“Friendship is a horizon – which expands whenever we approach It.” -- E.R. Hazlip

Jessica Zhou
Music Teacher

Teacher Jessica was born and rising in China, she speaks both Chinese Mandarin and English. She joins our school as a music teacher. She has been playing violin for more 15 years. In 2009 she received the Grade 9 by the Grading Committee of China Conservatory. 2010 she was awarded the golden prize in group B of national youth violin competition. Currently she is study at North Seattle College and expects will be graduate in summer 2016; and she will continue her BA degree of music education in violin at Seattle University. Jessica has many years teaching experiences to teach students aged five to thirty both in China and America. Her students all share her great enthusiasm and love for the violin. In her free time she likes to sing, dance, read, badminton. Her favorite Children’s book is the “Arabian Nights”.

Chloe Hau
Art Teacher
Chloe Hau

Teacher Chloe was born and rising in Hong Kong, her mother’s language is Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese. She is trilingual, speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She received her BA degree in Multimedia Communication from San Francisco Academy of Art University. Teacher Chloe has more then five yeses experience worked with children from ages 3 to 10; she taught Chinese Mandarin, English, Dancing, and Art. She also was the instructor of the Pathfinder group, responsible to teaching teenagers skills of the outdoor survival and discipline. In her free time she likes to swim, read, dance. Her favorite Children's book is "The three little Pigs".