Chen Xiaodi is from Beijing, China and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese from the Faculty of Arts at Hubei University for Nationalities. She received her M.A. degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from the International Sinology Institute at Shaanxi Normal University in 2008. She has taught Chinese at The International Montessori School of Beijing (370 students and 85 teachers) since 2009. Ms. Chen enjoys playing badminton and dancing. By participating in the Teachers of Critical Languages Program, she hopes to help the students in the U.S. learn the Chinese language and discover more about Chinese culture. She hopes to help build a connection between the U.S. and China, to learn more about American people and culture, and to develop her teaching skills and managerial ability.