Ms. Tian is from Shijiazhuang, China and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Teaching from Heibei Normal University in 2005. She teaches English at the Middle school attached to Hebei Normal University. Ms. Tian has won many prizes in nationwide teaching competitions, which have helped improve her teaching skills. Her hobbies are traveling, watching movies, listening to music, reading and playing ping pong. Through the Teachers of Critical Languages Program, she hopes to help American students learn about Chinese language and culture, which will develop better understanding and friendship between the two nations. She also wants to explore American techniques in classroom management, student motivation and student assessment. Ms. Tian was hosted by Walnut Street School (285 students and 22 teachers) in Des Moines, Iowa (pop. 562,000).