Dan SongMandarin Teacher
Before moving to the U.S., Dan Song earned her B.A. in English and her first M.A., in Teaching Mandarin as a Foreign Language, from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. In 2011, she started teaching Mandarin in Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand. She also taught two Mandarin summer camps in South Korea from 2011 until 2012. In 2015, she received her second Master’s degree (Bilingual Education) from Loyola Marymount University. Now she holds a clear California teaching credential with BCLAD (Bilingual Authorization) from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She has more than seven years of teaching experience in the U.S. and other countries and has participated in multiple StarTalk summer intensive programs all over the country. In 2018, she attended a language teacher leadership program organized by Stanford University.
In addition, she is a curriculum developer and an online trainer for the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association. She has presented at conferences of the Chinese Language Teaching Association of Southern California and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She was also a reader for the high school AP Chinese Language and Culture exam. During the summer, she organizes Chinese language and culture camps in west L.A. for elementary and middle school students.
Through her education and experience, Ms. Song has learned to have an open mind and to be interested in cross-cultural learning and is dedicated to passing this spirit to her students at Mirman. In her spare time, she likes to hike, cook, travel, and practice kung fu.