This month’s featured Guidecraft team member is Zigler’s Director of Education, Yongai Zheng, in our Beijing office. She has been a wonderful addition to our Guidecraft team and we’d love for you to get to know more about her!
GC: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your life growing up?
I was born in HeBei province, which is very close to Beijing. I grew up with a lot of recognition and support from my family, because I performed very well in school and was admitted into Beijing Normal University without having to take the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (which was a first for BNU).
GC: Tell us a little about your family.
I have a happy and lovely family with my husband and 8-year-old daughter. My husband has a very good job as a public officer in the financial department in the Beijing municipal level government. Aside from his work, he is responsible for taking care of our family, which is what I like about him most. He is popular among family and friends because he is always thinking more about others than himself. My daughter is a pretty, smart and sensitive girl. When we came back from the United States last September it only took her two months to catch up in her classes. Now she not only performs excellently in school but also takes charge of some duties as a class committee member. I am so happy for her rapid progress.
GC: I heard you spent a year at Yale, how was your experience and what did you do?
It was so amazing! I love the Zigler Center, Yale University, and New Haven. It was so great to spend the whole year with the Yale Zigler Center team and create the Yale-China child development ACPPA curriculum, adopted from Kaplan Early Learning’s Learn Every Day curriculum.
GC: How did you come to work at Guidecraft?
While I was at Yale I helped with the development of the Zigler brand between Yale and Guidecraft, and then fell in love with Guidecraft when I visited their New York office. So now I’m here as a member of the GC family!
GC: How would you describe your position?
I am currently the Education Director at Guidecraft and will be the Director of Education of the Zigler Brand, which was born out of a partnership with Yale, Kaplan Early Learning Company and Guidecraft.
GC: What is your favorite experience working at Guidecraft so far?
Guidecraft is a company where creativity is respected by everyone and where there is always a supportive team. I’m very passionate about my work here!
GC: Can you describe your experience of becoming a published woman in your field?
I received my Bachelor and Masters in Early Childhood Education and worked for 10 years in the preschool education field as a teacher, an administrator, a researcher and a director. However, I think I am always pursuing success in my field.
GC: What has been your proudest professional moment so far?
I am most proud after I train or present to teachers and parents, they like my educational theories and suggestions and then apply my work to improve the development of their students or children.
GC: What is some advice you would give someone who wants to go into a similar field?
Education is not only an occupation but a great career to pursue with your heart because young children are the future of our society.