A Dedicated Team of Outstanding Educators

Teacher Emily Palmer: Founder and Principal

MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Portland State University (Portland, OR)

Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Portland State University (Portland, OR)

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: Director at Bethany Village Site

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 (Monmouth, OR)

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 Kristin Laluk: English Lead Teacher

PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology/Biology, Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

BS in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology, Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)

Teacher Kristin holds a PhD degree in science. After doing research and academia related work, she found passion in education while working with children of different age ranges. She was trained in Reggio Emilia and Montessori based approaches (pedagogy of play/playful inquiry/habits of mind/role of materials) as well as school administration. Teacher Kristin is excited to use her knowledge and experience to help children develop. She appreciates cultural diversity, embraces differences of every child and encourages them to explore the world at their own pace.

Teacher Kristin is passionate about serving the public through various volunteer activities in her spare time.

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 Haipei Tian: Chinese Lead Teacher

BA in Early childhood and Family Study & BA in Sociology, University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

Teacher Haipei has rich experience in early childhood education and bilingual preschool programs. Her teaching strength is to promote students’ dual literacy language skills, math/science, social/emotional, art and physical development through various age appropriate teaching strategies. She believes the power of learning and understanding diversity from a young age through well-designed cultural activities.

Teacher Andrew Miller: English Sub Teacher

BA in Education (in progress), Lane Community College (Eugene, OR)

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 (Ashland, OR)

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.