Meet Jenny Tan, the head of school at Eastside Children's Academy. Originally from Shanghai, China, Jenny moved to the U.S. in 1990 where she met her husband, and they began to grow their family and careers. In addition to being a very involved owner, Jenny also volunteers within the community for local schools, such as Lakeside where her daughter goes.
Jenny enjoys spending quality time with her own family by swimming some laps at the local club, playing tennis, and listening to classical piano music & classic Chinese songs. In addition, her own belief in the value of community and dedicating herself to ensuring that Eastside Children's Academy is not just a school in Bellevue, but a school FOR Bellevue, is the keystone to delivering the highest caliber of support as an early childhood education program. "This belief," Jenny says, "it pervades everything we do — from our partnerships with other organizations, to ensuring that each of our families feel valued and included in the collaborative culture of their child's classroom. We are committed to serving the families of Bellevue." She is so dedicated to achieving this belief that she has returned to school to pursue her Early Childhood Education degree.
With such a strong woman at "the helm of the ship" Eastside Children's Academy continues to thrive as an exceptional bilingual school here, in the heart of Bellevue.
Hello. My name is Jill Whitehouse. I am very excited to join the team of wonderful educators at Eastside Children’s Academy. I started in the Early Childhood Education field in 1995 and obtained a degree in Child Development. The best part of working with young children is giving the children experiences and new ways to explore and learn.
I am a firm believer that children learn through play. Offering children this opportunity helps them experience learning ideas through trial and error, learning social and emotional skills and using their brain and imagination to complete tasks. I love watching the moment when a child learns a new idea or concept and to see their excitement when mastering a task.
A little more about me, my family I are native Hoosiers from Indiana. My family moved to Washington State in 2013. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband exploring the PNW and hanging out with my 3 adult children.
I am looking forward to meeting you and your child!
I am Jun Wang and have been in USA for almost 20 years. In China, I got my BA degree in Chinese language and was a middle school Chinese teacher. After moving to USA, I pursued the Master of Education and taught Chinese at several language schools/daycares for many years.
I love to work with children. Singing songs, playing games, reading stories and rhymes and Chinese classic poems, making crafts with children always make me happy. My favorite children book is “Leo the Late Bloomer”. Every kid is a shining star. As a teacher, I would like to offer kids’ a joyful and safe environment fulfilled with love and to grow their potential with stimulating their emotional, physical, language and cognitive development.
Hello, my name is Zoe Han. I enjoy being at Eastside Children's Academy because the school promotes creativity in learning as well as social, cognitive, and emotional development. It is the perfect place and environment to let children regularly engage and socialize with their peers. As their teacher, there's never a dull moment for my class. I like to be entertaining, engaging, and creative with my lessons. I try to make every day unique. Children learn best when they are having fun. Preschool is often a child’s first time away from their parents for an extended period. It can be intimidating for young children; however, as a positive and calm preschool teacher, I can help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety often associated with this milestone. My favorite children's story is 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf', I like the moral of the story because liars will not be rewarded; even if they tell the truth, no one will believe them.
LEAD TEACHING STAFF
Lead Infant Teacher
Hello. My name is Aimee Yuan. I moved to Seattle from China in 2019. I have a kind, smart and wonderful child and I was involved in all of his development. I enjoyed watching him grow up day to day from learning how to speak all the way being an independent personality.
I know how deeply important of enlightenment education for a baby is. There is an old Chinese saying that teaching people should be taught from an early age. A child is like a seedling and only by proper care and education can it grow healthy and strong.
In the infant class, I treat myself as a another mother during the baby’s day as I would treat my own child. Giving them the best care possible. I pay attention to your baby and understand the exact meaning behind the signals they send and respond positively to their needs. According to the baby’s various developmental stages to master skills, I will ensure to provide them a safe environment with a variety of educational activities to make them happy throughout the day.
I am so grateful that I made the right choice to join Eastside Children’s Academy.
Lead Waddler Teacher
Hello, my name is Angela Chou. I am originally from Thailand but moved to Taiwan when I was 12 years old. I lived in Taiwan for eight years and then decided to come to Seattle. I met my best friend in college, who is my husband. I have three bunnies Bella, Babs, and Yoda. I love to spend time with my bunnies when I have free time. Also, spending time with infants brings me another happiness. I am so happy to be a part of the Eastside Children's Academy.
Many milestones will happen in our infant class, which I love to see! The babies learn to crawl, walk, and say simple words. I am super excited to give your babies a fun and exciting place to play and learn.
Lead Toddler Teacher
Hello, my name is Bolorerdene Shura. My friends and colleagues call me Bogi. I am originally from Mongolia; my family and I came to the U.S. in 1999. We lived in San Francisco for the first 7 years and moved to Washington 2006. We’ve been here ever since. I am a mother of two beautiful kids.
I have over a decade of experience early childhood education. I love teaching young children. Watching children grow gives me great joy. I also love incorporating fun learning activities into my lesson plans to keep them engaged and having fun. When I work with kids I try my best to give them my full support. I strive to foster a safe, warm, and happy environment.
Some of my hobbies and things I enjoy doing are spending time with my family, hiking in the outdoors with friends, camping, traveling, doing makeovers and beauty services for my friends, and watching movies with my daughter during girls night. I am happy to teach young children and be a part of the Eastside Children’s Academy team.
Lead Early Preschool Teacher
Hello, my names Amaya. I have 4 dogs, 2 English bulldogs, and 2 miniature schnauzers (who think they’re bulldogs). In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my family, going on road trips, or just having a good read by the lake with a cold drink in hand… Starbucks that is.
I am very excited and happy to be apart of the Eastside Children’s Academy. I believe that as a teacher of any kind, we have a big role in a child’s life, especially at this age because it builds the foundation of learning. When I was in high school I was a junior cheerleading coach and I enjoyed helping the kids improve and watching them grow into their own person. I have always been a natural nurturer, or how my friends would say “the mother of the group” so I decided to pursue a career of teaching and will be furthering my education into the early educational program.
Lead Early Preschool Teacher
Hi everyone, my name is Lisa Deng. I came to America in early 2000 from China. I was working in hospital and practicing in pediatric physical therapy inChina. After moving to America, I got an opportunity to work at a bilingual daycare center with kids age from 2-3 years since 2006. I enjoy playing, reading, and making crafts with children. I also like outdoor activities and planting and enjoy doing these with children at school. As a teacher I will provide a safe and loving environment to all children. This will help the children to thrive to their best by stimulating their emotions, body language and cognitive learning.
Lead Preschool Teacher
Hello, my name is Daisy Cho. I’m originally from Taiwan, but I have been living in the Seattle area for over 20 years. I have been a Mandarin Language teacher for more than 12 years and have taught children from ages 2-6. I really enjoy teaching young minds because of the curiosity and wonder they have, and the enthusiasm they show for exploring new things. My philosophy on teaching is: Strive to bring out the best in each child and make learning an adventure and not a chore. In my spare time, I like to garden, cook, and go nice relaxing walks in nature. My favorite children’s story book is “We are going on a bear hunt” which encourages children to explore and take risks.
Lead Preschool Teacher
My name is Jeong Kim, and I am from South Korea. I have been working with children since 2002. I taught children phonics and reading in English for 9 years in Korea. I have been a teacher at Bright Horizons child care in Bellevue since 2016 for 5 years after I moved to USA from Korea.
I am very excited to be at Eastside Children’s Academy and am looking forward to creating a safe environment where children can be creative and collaborative with their day-to-day activities. I enjoy seeing children smile and love the way I can be a part of their learning experiences. Seeing them grow every day brings joy to me and makes me proud to be their teacher.
Lead Preschool Teacher
Hello. My name is Ian Wu. I am thrilled to join the ECA family, and it is my honor to be the lead teacher in Preschool 9. I was born and grew up in China. My family moved to the United States when I was 16 years old.
Male teachers are rare nationwide in early education programs. Studies show that students benefit when they are surrounded by a diverse group of teachers. And their conceptions of gender roles and identity are rapidly forming at age 3-4. I want to be a male role model for the young kids. I get a great deal of satisfaction by playing a meaningful role in the development of children. I really enjoy the unique sense of pride a child displays after learning something new as the direct result of an activity that I have planned for them.
Personally, I love to work out at gym. I transformed my garage into a home gym when the pandemic hit. I also enjoy hiking, music, video gaming, and spending time with my family. Currently I am training on weekends to finish my very first half marathon run.
Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Hello, my name is Ping Wu. I am very glad to be a teacher here at ECA. I come from Shanghai, China. My major was Instrument and Meter Engineering.
I came to States in 1994 and have been working in childcare industry since then. I love kids, hand craft and science.
As a mother, I believe that every child should have wonderful memories of their childhood. As an early education teacher, I will do my best to teach every child to be kind to others and to help them become the best that they can be.
Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Hello. My name is Yvonne Lin. I’m originally from Guangdong, China. I studied and lived in Sydney, Australia for the last 7 years and recently moved to the States. I am very excited to join the team at Eastside Children’s Academy and wish to build a strong and collaborative relationship with the team members and the families.
I started my career in the Early Childhood Education field since 2018 during my Master of Teaching degree study. I became an early childhood educator because I really enjoy spending time with children to see their development and learning.
"We love ECA so much. We have had our daughter enrolled since it’s inception. Our daughter LOVES her teachers and has grown so much in her time here. I attribute her early math and social skills to her teachers thoughtful lesson plans. Jenny has made us feel welcomed into the community and worked alongside us to resolve age appropriate behaviors that popped up. From those experiences, we have high trust in her leadership and vision for ECA. I highly recommend ECA if you’re considering enrolling your child."