Mimi is a creative teaching artist and researcher. Her doctrinal research has primarily involved young children and creative approaches to music and language learning in multicultural environments. Mimi strongly believes that optimal learning occurs when young children are fully engaged in creative and fun, yet also challenging tasks. With her deep understanding of the mechanics and psychology involved for teaching young children, Mimi strives to provide every child at Language Beans a playground where they will effectively learn Mandarin in a natural, artistic, and creative way.
Beyond being the Founder and Creative Director of Language Beans, Mimi has taught at Columbia University and Pennsylvania State University. It was at these academic institutions where she built her foundations for creative learning models and supervised student teachers in early childhood education. Mimi's academic scholarship includes giving speeches and presenting workshops across the country and around the world. She has been privileged to work with, and share her expertise with, such groups as the Music Education National Association, Society for Ethnomusicology, and International Society for Music Education.
During her leisure time, Mimi enjoys scuba diving with her husband, Eric and spending time with Nemo the clownfish and their friends under the sea!
Lei studied piano from the age of 5 and majored in clarinet after 9 years old. She holds a Bachelor degree in Clarinet Performance from National Kaohsiung Normal University and an MFA in Performing Arts Administration from National Taiwan Normal University. She specialized in planning various activities such as concerts, musical performances, film festivals, and other arts and cultural related activities during her studies.
After entering the workplace, her experience has been expended to curation and more comprehensive events such as large-scale concerts, awards ceremonies, music summer camps, etc. She has profound experience in project management and community networking. She also writes articles on lifestyle and food for several magazines. She likes to observe the details in life and believes that the devil is hidden in the details. She hopes to apply her strengths to music education through fun and creative activities.