Alyssa is an artist, filmmaker, and foodie. She enjoys storytelling and designing with humor, and she loves to collaborate with others. She is a graduate of the College of Design at NC State University with a Bachelor of Art and Design and a minor in Film Studies. She has dabbled in many areas of artistry – illustration, painting, film, music, etc. - and strives to create strong work in every form of media she pursues. She has been illustrating and painting all her life and her ability to visualize space, use color, and conceptualize has served her well in the creative industry. She is excited to pass along knowledge and techniques that she has developed over the years to her students, while creating a fun and inspiring atmosphere that will propel their motivation and innovation.
Ms.Alyssa's class: Video Journalism G4-G9 Art of Story Boarding G4-G9
Calvin Ulrich attended UNC-Chapel Hill and received a bachelor of arts in Studio Art, with an emphasis in painting and drawing. He typically try to educated students with at least two different methods of instruction: explaining concepts verbally and showing them what he was talking about visually, but sometimes he tries to switch things up. He believed that It is very important that his students understand the underlying principles behind what they are doing, because that helps them much more long term.
His expectation is that students slowly build a base of knowledge and technique from which to create art and problem solve in his fun and friendly art class. He hopes to see students progress throughout the year and gain the confidence to solve problems and create more independently than when they began.
For Calvin's personal art, he seeks to illustrate the connection between symbolism and the natural world. Much of his artwork uses animals as representations of current political events, ideologies, and issues. His goal is to show the ways in which nature and animals are used as tools for political gain and often separated from any ties to the real natural world.
Mr.Calvin's class: Beginner's Cartooning & Doodling K-G3 Art of Geometry and Imagination for Kids K-G3 Beginner Drawing GK-G3 Drawing G4-G9 Cartooning G4-G9 Book Illustration G4-G9 Minecraft Creative G4-G9
I was told if you want to make something good you must make it personal and something you would enjoy. This is what inspires my artwork. I enjoy watercolor painting as my main medium. I like the flexibility it brings and the many different techniques you can do with it. From time to time, I will branch out and try another medium. I have worked well with oil paints, oil pastels, acrylics, as well as simple pencil drawings. However, I enjoy watercolor the most, working in a representational impressionistic, and still-life style. I love to push and pull color, design, and texture that watercolor has given me the freedom to explore medium to its fullest. I explore surfaces, textures, and tools on small studies to that I am always pushing my boundaries.
When I was little my family moved around a lot. Drawing was one thing I was able to take with me, no matter where I was. As time progressed so did my art abilities. Arkansas Tech where I received my Bachelor of Art Degree. I had taught to different populations for years right after I graduated.
Ms.Jana's class: Story Book Making GK-G3 Stop Motion Animation G4-G8
Jennifer Edwards has a unique background as an instructor, director, and consultant. Her expertise are in product development where she was the co-inventor of Bananawave®. She taught entrepreneurship courses for the University of South Alabama and a youth entrepreneurship program through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Her teaching style is comprised of part lecture but mostly project based. Her unique skill of engaging students and making them feel passionate about the work they do has been the driving success of her teaching technique. “ I like for the student to see their worth in the class, and that makes all the difference in their learning experience” She will be teaching Public Speaking and Shark Tank Entrepreneur for our Champion Online Leadership Camp.
Ms.Jennifer's class: Public Speaking - TED TALK G4-G7, G8-G9 Shark Tank Entrepreneur G8-G9
James (Jimmie) Bencivenga
When you are given the opportunity to wonder, question, and investigate, real learning can now happen. My wide range experience of teaching/tutoring all levels of K-12 mathematics for thirteen years has given me a clear view of the connections and continuity of math through the grade school years. My students enjoy the enthusiasm I have for math, so in turn, learning becomes a joyful and anticipated event. We celebrate the small accomplishments because when the smallest learning gaps are filled, the foundational building blocks of higher-level mathematics are broadened, deepened, and ultimately strengthened. I pose higher-level questions that challenge my students to really think about mathematical concepts in a new and exciting way. This leads to a new-found curiosity of mathematics that can be explored with confidence. I look forward to working with you to help you maximize your potential. When I am not working with my students, I am enjoying family time with my wife and four-year-old, usually riding our bicycles or swimming.
Mr.James's class: Math 1 GK-G1 Math 2 GK-G1 Math 1 & Pre-Algebra G6-G7 Math 2 & Algebra l G7-G8 Math 1 & Algebra G8-G9 Math 2 & Geometry G7 -G8
Ms.Zhao is specialized at Childhood Development and Educational Psychology. She has dedicated in education for 18 years; a trainer and a leader of curriculum design team that develops ability training, Chinese Studies, Primary School Reading and Writing, etc.
Ms.Zhao's class: Beginner Mandarin
My name is Lauren Yusician, and I am thrilled to be teaching with Champion Education. I have a BS in Elementary Education from Drexel University, and I am licensed to teach PreK - 6th grade in all subjects as well as grades 6 - 9 specifically in English Language Arts. I have spent the last three years of my career teaching ELA in grades five and seven, and I will be teaching sixth grade ELA in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. In my classroom, I utilize positive reinforcement and interactive, project-based lesson plans to keep students engaged. I cannot wait to teach your student!
Mary Bauer is a college professor who also enjoys working with younger students. She is an adjunct professor of writing, business communication (a course that culminates in a Shark Tank competition!) and English at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She previously taught literature, writing, Catholic studies and French at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Mary’s work with younger children includes conducting a “Kids Choir” for Big Brother Big Sister and coaching students in research and public speaking skills at a summer camp for Capitol Debate. She also teaches business communication to high school students under a dual enrollment program with Aquinas College. A retired federal government senior executive officer, Mary has briefed Cabinet officials and Congressional committees. She has extensive experience in leadership development and improving organizational communication. She was awarded an Academics for Creative Teaching Grant for academic year 2016-17 and a Mini-Grant for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Megan Easterling is a certified teaching artist. Who has worked with elementary after school arts enrichment programs for the past three years. Her teaching style involves art appreciation,fundamentals and STEAM. She thinks it is a necessary tool in education to teach how to think like an artist through creative problem solving. Megan has a BFA and a teaching artist certification from North Carolina Central University. She is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily express her emotions and passions. Her work is displayed through paintings,illustrations and sculptures.
Her students will gain a solid foundation in basic art techniques and fundamentals. Her expectation is that with their new knowledge they will be able to confidently problem solve through creative thinking and progressively improve their creations. Overall her goal is for her students to have fun while creating and learning HTTPS://WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/MEGANELIZABETHEASTERLING/
Michelle Chen earned her B.A. in French language from Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan. Ms. Chen is certified in the Chinese Culture, Seed Teacher Training program and is sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Culture Representatives Office in Washington DC. She has done extensive work as a Mandarin sub-teacher and as a special program TA in WCPSS (Wiley Magnet Elementary School K-5). Ms. Chen was the Vice-Principal of Raleigh Chinese Language School from 2000-2001. She joined Champion in 2009 and has been a teacher here ever since. She is good at developing hands-on activities featured with the Mandarin class, and she never fails to engage students in her class with activities such as Crafting, Chinese Brush Calligraphy, Origami, Mahjong/Card Chinese word games, Chinese Yo-yo and etc
Ruthie Turner has a Bachelor's in Mathematics and studied Actuarial Science and Environmental Science. She has taught online for several years, tutored all ages for over 10 years, was a teacher at a camp for high school competition math, and directed and taught at math and science workshops. She is also a lifetime Girl Scout with leader training and experience as well as a Gold Award. She enjoys teaching students from a variety of backgrounds to enjoy science and mathematics through interesting applications and new and intuitive methods. Her undergraduate thesis was on mathematical references in Alice in Wonderland and has also done research in bioalgal fuels, solar power, recycled art and retirement planning. In her spare time she likes to play with her dog, watch TV, and play violin.
Ms.Ruthie's class: Science K-G1 Science G2-G3 Math 1 & Pre-Algebra G4-G5 Science G4-G5 Math 2 & Pre-Algebra G4-G5
Ryan received his Bachelor's in English from James Madison University. He came to Greensboro to get his MFA in Film and Video Production at UNC Greensboro and has lived there ever since. He is an instructor in Media Studies at UNCG. He also does videography and editing for Mechanical Eye Films. This will be his third summer doing summer film camp for Champion. Outside of filmmaking he enjoys running, watching soccer, and drawing comics.
Mr.Ryan's class: Youth Film Making G4-G9
My name is Suzie Montgomery, and I am excited to be teaching at Champion Education! I was born and raised in North Carolina and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Psychology. I spent several years working at a group home and then decided to return to school. I received my K-5 teaching certification from Meredith College and have been teaching for the past 23 years. I've worked in Brunswick and Johnston Counties, but most of my career has been in Wake County teaching 5th and 2nd grades. The last 4 years I have worked as a math instructional coach and have enjoyed increasing my understanding of how children learn math. I want all children to believe that they are good at math and to enjoy solving problems! I try to make math lessons engaging and at each student's developmental level. It is my hope that students not only increase their knowledge and understanding of grade level skills, but increase their confidence and critical thinking as well. During our online math camp, we will use a variety of virtual tools like math manipulatives and videos to make the lessons interactive and engaging.
Ms.Suzie's class: Math 1 G2-G3 Math 2 G2-G3
Ms. Li had taught high school English in Hebei and Beijing for more than 30 years. She got her bachelor’s degree in English Education from Normal University of Hebei. She worked as a substitute Mandarin teacher in Champion Learning Academy (Champion) in 2016-2017. Since 2019, she has been teaching Mandarin both in Champion and Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language (RACL). As a professional teacher with 30+ years of teaching experience, Ms. Li understands the fundamental principles of education. She knows how to effectively teach students knowledge with love, patience, and a sense of responsibility. All her classes are lively and interesting so that her students are always motivated and engaged in learning.
Ms.Li's class: Intermediate Mandarin
She graduated from the Inner Mongolia Normal University; there she earned a Bachelor of Art degree with a major in Philosophy. In China, she was a history teacher in a middle school for years before she came to USA. She joined Champion in 2015 and currently teaches the fourth grade. With many years of teaching experience she enjoy working with children and helping them explore their potential through their education. As a teacher of wisdom and patience, she believes that every child should be treated with respect, and that by being empowered by education, they will be an invaluable asset to our world.
Ms.Yu's class: Advanced Mandarin
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