Meet our Faculty
Professor Bin C. Cheng Crow
Professor Bin C. Crow holds an MA-TESL degree and has a solid theoretical as well as practical experience in second language acquisition. She taught English in China and English as a second language in the USA. In 2007, she began to teach Chinese at Gonzaga University. In 2008, Professor Bin C. Crow, working together with Dr. Semple, helped bring Startalk grant to Gonzaga University. Since then, she has been working as the lead instructor as well as program coordinator for Gonzaga Startalk program to provide Chinese to students in Spokane and surrounding areas during summer vacations. As part of the Startalk program, she carries out Taste of Chinese program in local high schools. She also received grants from Confucius Institute of WA and NEWESD101 to strengthen Gonzaga's Chinese program and to act as consultant to other Chinese programs in the Spokane area.
Professor Bin C. Crow holds Washington state teaching certificates in English language arts, ESL, and Chinese and is a certified OPI rater in Chinese. She serves as a member of Confucius Institute of Washington Education Advisory Board and CLTA-WA Board.
In her spare time, Bin C. Crow enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga, and dancing. She is active in Spokane Chinese community activities and tries to involve her students in Chinese culture events.
Qingqing Ji came from China originally. In the year of 2004-2007, she studied for bilingual education and elementary education in Wayne State University and was awarded Master of Arts in teaching. She is also state certified in elementary education from Michigan state. She taught Chinese as a foreign language at University Prep of Science and Math in Detroit in 2011 and currently she is teaching Chinese as a foreign language at St. George's School, Spokane. She enjoys reading, watching movies and also camping with her family and friends.
Rongrong (Jian) Golder
I was born in Shanghai China, studied journalism and Conmmunication in Fu Dan University, worked at Liberation Daily as a reporter for many years. I came to US 25 year ago and continue my writing. Countless articles have been published in China, Taiwan, Hongkong, Tailan and Europe and many books have been published in China including novels, short stories. Many awards have been received. I have taught Chinese Language in Mei Hua Chinses Schoole in Bellinghan and was a private tutor for many years.
Yen-An Chen (Angela)
Yen-An Chen (Angela) earned her bachelor of music in Taiwan and graduated from Gonzaga University of MA/TESL in 2012. She has been teaching in elementary school for 7 years before coming to the USA. While she was studying at Gonzaga, she observed and helped with the Chinese 101 and the ESL (English as a Second language) program. Also, she taught at the tutoring center in ESL. In 2009, her friends and she taught a Chinese language camp for ages 5-12 as their master project. She used music and games to teach second language (Chinese) to American children. She is a music and Chinese teacher who loves teaching and working with children.
Hui Fen Guo
Hui Fen Guo graduated from Beijing Red Flag University and continued her education in Beijing Normal University. She has been engaged in education nearly 30 years.
In Beijing, China, she taught Chinese and English grammar at Jing Hai College, Literary and law College, and Second Commercial Bureau Staff College. She prepared students to pass National Examinations of Junior Colleges for diplomas or entering 4 year colleges students to pass Examinations of Education Bureau to enter technical schools or high schools. She also taught English at Beijing No. 77 Middle School.
In America, she has designed curriculum, selected methodologies to teach Chinese language and culture based on students’ proficiencies, helped students to learn Chinese with rap songs, dance, songs, and games. She emphasizes conversation, reading, writing, literature, and culture to help students understand the differences between their own culture and Chinese perspectives. She has taught Chinese as an extracurricular activity at Mount Spokane High School, Chewelah High School, Central Valley High School, and North Central High School. In addition, she has taught Chinese to children (age 2-16 ) at the Panda Playing School in Portland, to high school students through the Gonzaga University-Startalk Program, and to adults at Clark College in Vancouver.
I enjoy working with young learners. They amaze me constantly through their unique learning ability and strong curiosity. I teach Chinese Mandarin at Spokane Public School part time during school year to students from K-12. On weekend, I teach at local Chinese School to mostly non-heritage learners. I have been teaching Chinese Mandarin for about four years. This past year, I received my Washington state teacher certification in Mandarin through PLU. This is my second year teaching at Startalk Chinese Summer Camp.
I was born in Yangzhou, China. I attended Jiangxi University of Education, where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. I was first employed as a professional singer and dancer in the Jiangxi Opera House in Nanchang. Later, I worked in Beijing as editor for the national Chinese journal of macroeconomics. I have also studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, and am a painter who specializes in painting in the style of the Sung Dynasty (916-1279 AD).
I came to the United States in September 2003. Beginning in 2004 I have been teaching. Chinese to children ages 11 to 17 through the Chinese Language School of Spokane. I have also privately tutored adults in Chinese and have been a bilingual teacher in the Spokane Public Schools. More recently, I am teaching Chinese in the North Wall Schools.
I have made special presentations of Chinese dance, art and culture at several Spokane elementary schools and at Spokane Falls Community College. In the past few years, I have exhibited my Chinese ink paintings and have given live demonstrations at seven locations, including at the Spokane Club, Washington State University in Pullman, Spokane Falls Community College, and the Community Building in Spokane. I also play a traditional Chinese zither, the gu zheng.
I live in Spokane and am enthusiastic about teaching Chinese language, art, music and culture.
Professor Ben Semple, Project Director
Professor Bin Cheng Crow, Teacher Supervisor
Lisa Meyer, Sr. Program Assistant