A Dedicated Team of Outstanding Educators
Teacher Emily Palmer: Founder and Principal
MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Portland State University
Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Portland State University
Step 11 (out of the maximum of 12) in the Oregon Registry: Pathways to Professional Development
Emily’s passion is early childhood education and high quality English-Chinese bilingual programs. Seeking to fulfill her desire to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity and explore the world around them, she left her prior career in supply chain management to become a full-time educator. Emily is pursuing her doctoral degree in education at Portland State University because she believes cutting-edge theories and knowledge can serve as good guidance for the designing and implementing of a good program that best suits Bamboo kids.
Led by the motto “Play to Learn, Learn through Play,” Emily has been dedicated to creating a different childcare environment that encourages creative, engaging, meaningful learning experiences for our precious children through language teaching, STEM and more.
Teacher Xiaojie Wu: Curriculum Director
MS in Education, Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)
BA in Economics, Beijing Normal University (China)
As an advocate of applying psychoanalysis and individual psychology to child development, Xiaojie has devoted herself to early childhood education. She designs age appropriate Chinese and English curriculum based on academic research and best practices of education for preschoolers and toddlers.
Xiaojie speaks Mandarin, German and English and has a strong background in math, natural science, history as well as Chinese literature. Her rich experience of staying in different countries and over 5 years of teaching Chinese as a foreign language has enriched her multicultural perspective.
Teacher Xiaolu Wu: Chinese Lead Teacher
MA in Early Childhood Education, Western Oregon University
Teacher Xiaolu loves teaching and believes that learning can be fun and engaging. She strives to create a safe, caring environment that incorporates creativity, academic learning and free exploration for children. While pursuing her master’s degree at Western Oregon University, Teacher Xiaolu worked at its Child Development Center and gained rich teaching experience for young children.
In her free time, Teacher Xiaolu enjoys singing, playing ping-pong and cooking Chinese food. She loves healthy, balanced life with a positive attitude and embraces challenging and hard work.
Teacher Brittany Livengood: English Lead Teacher
MA in Teaching, University of Portland
BA in English, Portland State University
Oregon Preliminary Teaching License: Elementary — Multiple Subjects K-12, OR Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
Teacher Brittany has rich experience in teaching preschoolers and elementary children in different school settings. She enjoys planning curriculum, designing research-based instructional strategies, communicating with families and providing support to make sure each one of the students develop as a whole child.
Teacher Brittany appreciates cultural diversity; she embraces differences of every child and encourages them to explore the world at their own pace. Before joining Bamboo, Teacher Brittany worked in Beijing and she is excited that Bamboo will expand her cross-cultural experience.
Teacher Chen Chen: STEM & Chinese Lead Teacher
BS in Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University (China)
Chen loves working with children and aspires to always look at the world through kids’ eyes. She cultivates and enjoys Bamboo’s loving, nurturing environment and believes such an environment encourages children to learn, experience and embrace new challenges.
A Beijing native, Chen is a proud Mandarin speaker and has over 8 years of experience in teaching all levels of Mandarin to international and local students. Chen’s engineering background makes her a strong believer that learning STEM at young age significantly helps children build critical thinking and problem solving skills and gives them academic advantages.
Teacher Catherine Juang Farng: Chinese Lead Teacher
BA in Chinese Literature, Providence University (Taiwan)
Catherine is originally from Taiwan and has over 20 years of experience in Chinese teaching. Catherine specializes in teaching children Chinese by immersing them in classical poems, traditional stories and cultural traditions. She focuses on helping children learn Chinese phonetics and characters because these are the unique features of the language; exposure and practice to them at an early age will build a solid foundation for future Chinese learning.
Teacher La Luo: Chinese Lead Teacher
BA in Family and Human Service, University of Oregon
Teacher La Luo was born in Beijing, China. She received her bachelor degree in Family and Human Service at University of oregon, College of Education. She has certificate for teaching Chinese as a foreign language, also has three-year experience in teaching Chinese and Chinese Dance for preschooler and young children, also one and half years experience on teaching preschool classroom in English. Theater Art is her minor degree at UO. She is the administrator of her own drama troupe. Teacher La Luo is full of passion in children development with art and the dramatic curriculum.
Teacher Andrew Miller: English Sub Teacher
BA in Education (in progress), Lane Community College
Teacher Andrew was born and raised in Oregon and has taught in the State of Oregon for almost a decade. Seeking to give back to the state he was a product of, Teacher Andrew became employed by the Oregon Department of Education teaching science, technology, art, and math to at-risk youth in the low income schools. Founding the EPOC organization in 2011 to provide supplemental education programs in our inner cities, he is dedicated to the future of our education system and its students.
Teacher Meihua Gu: Office Coordinator
BA in Japanese, Tongji University (China)
Teacher Meihua boasts a very efficient and effective working style which is the key for good accounting and office administration.
Meihua loves to be with children because she enjoys the positive energy and uplifting spirit the little ones naturally have. She is one of Bamboo’s star chefs because as a mom of two, she believes home-made food is healthy, nutritious and bears culture meanings. She pours her whole heart to the little ones at Bamboo to make sure they are safe, happy while learning and blossoming.
Teacher Robin Rogers: Accountant
BS in Business Administration, Southern Oregon State College
Certified Public Accountant
Teacher Robin has over 20 years experience in public accounting and private industry. She graduated phi kappa phi from Southern Oregon State College with a BS degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on accounting.
Teacher Robin loves children; she is excited to join Bamboo and work with the Bamboo team to create and maintain an environment where children can grow and thrive.