Yichen Shao is our mandarin teacher. She was born and raised in Suzhou, China. Suzhou is a beautiful garden city, known as the “Venice of the East”. When she was a junior in High School, she came to the States and attended a private boarding school in East Hampton. She earned her bachelor’s degree in world language education from DePaul University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Before she moved to the Bay area with her husband, she worked as a Mandarin teacher in Chicago public schools for three years. She often flies back to China to visit family and friends, and also voluntarily teaches students English or Mandarin there. Yichen enjoys travelling around the world. She has been to a lot of parts of the world such as Japan, India, Nepal, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, Iceland… Although most of the time, she enjoys outdoor with fresh air, she also enjoys binge watching their favorite shows on Netflix with her husband at home.