Xinyi Xu, Director of Lower School, has held several positions since joining the Yu Ming team in 2012. Prior to her role as the Chinese Program Coordinator at Yu Ming, Xinyi spent 7 years in the Chinese immersion classroom in Michigan and California, teaching Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 3. Xinyi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from East China Normal University in Shanghai (2009) and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University (2011). She holds a clear California Elementary Multiple Subjects and K-12 Chinese Language Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization. Currently, Xinyi is enrolled in the Instructional Leadership Academy and expects to get her Administrative Services Credential in 2018. Xinyi actively participates in national Chinese Immersion projects, including CELIN, Mandarin Institute, and STARTALK programs. She is also a regular presenter at state and national conferences on topics of Chinese immersion curriculum, instruction, and assessment.