Jeannie has many passions in life and has a big heart for people. She embraces multiculturalism, digital transformation, health, and nutrition. Jeannie is a loving mother. When her children were young, she used her talents and teaching experiences to train them to be bilingual in her native language, Chinese, and English. This led to the founding of the Cultural Society in 2011 where she extended this opportunity to the children in her community. Jeannie understands the importance of bilingualism because she was brought up bilingual when she started school at the age of four in Hong Kong, her birth place. She knows the usefulness of knowing these two languages and wants to complement what her community lacked at that time by providing Chinese language lessons to American children and English lessons to Chinese children.
Around 2015-2017, Jeannie began seeing friends and people in her circle suffering from physical pain and imbalances in life. This reminded her of her own personal practice of yoga of many years. After two years of careful consideration, she decided to pursue yoga teacher training, studying yoga’s power to heal and prevent illnesses. After her certification as a yoga instructor, she proposed a wellness initiative at Cultural Society to serve the health needs of her community. In September 2019, a wellness program with yoga classes was implemented, and health and wellness became part of Cultural Society’s Organizational mission. Jeannie’s yoga classes are theme-based and address a particular interest each month.
Before teaching Chinese at Cultural Society, Jeannie taught math, business, and Chinese in private schools, public schools, and community colleges throughout California and Rhode Island. Her motto is to “work hard and play hard.” Jeannie’s teaching goal is to cultivate passion from within for each of her students. Her philosophy, “If you can discover your passion and harness it as your guiding force, everything you learn becomes effortless,” applies to everything in life as well.
Jeannie has a bachelor degree in East Asian Studies with a minor in Chinese. Her Master in Business Administration degree (MBA) is in International Management and Chinese. She is a certified yoga teacher who is registered with Yoga Alliance; she is also a nutrition coach with training from Precision Nutrition. She is expanding her skills in yoga and is currently studying to become a Yoga Therapist.
Jeannie is responsible for teaching & designing yoga courses, administration of Heritage & Culture initiative, and oversees the operation at the Cultural Society which includes grant writing and other marketing initiatives.