PANDA CLASS was founded in July of 2010 to meet the needs of children to learn free expression through language and art outlets. Our former studio space in Bellevue hosted over 500+ local students and families. In the past we mainly focused on art and Mandarin classes for non-native families. Since moving to our Newcastle school house, we now have the capacity for local working families in need of after school + school closure care and camps. Our facility is within walking distance from local Elementary Schools and has easy access to many schools and preschools nearby (Newcastle, south Bellevue, and north Renton). We have a spacious play yard, interactive classrooms, and experienced bilingual teachers. In addition, We also offer weekly Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, art, and math classes for students PreK-5th.
CHEN LAO SHI
As an educator, I have been working with families with children (1-12) for over 23 years in various programs and schools. My work experiences have been with KPL, CISC bilingual preschool, The Bush School, Sponge school, Saint Thomas, Open Window, YMCA, and Gymboree. I am a children’s art instructor as well as a native Chinese language instructor. Our art curriculum is about creative explorations using various mediums and techniques. I have been teaching art to children for over two decades and have a background in architecture. I became introduced to Mandarin teaching in 2006 through working for Sponge as their lead Mandarin teacher. Over the years, I have developed a building block curriculum for non-native families wishing to learn Mandarin speaking. In recent years, a new curriculum for native learners has been developed for young children to learn reading and writing skills utilizing art (oracle script), culture, and play.
In 2011, my husband and I co-founded PANDA CLASS, and its been such a wonderful journey growing and learning with our students. Our goal is for our center to become a place where children can develop individual thinking and creative learning abilities. Learn the power of self-expression through the use of oral and visual outlets.