Du Ganzhi is from Quanzhou, Fujian, China and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Beijing Normal University. Since 2005, she has been teaching English at Quanzhou No. 7 Middle School. She has participated in many teaching contests, where she has gained experience with current teaching methodologies, including building skills and using . Ms. Du is interested in books, music, film, travelling and sports. Her goals for participating in the Teachers of Critical Languages Program are to bring creative teaching methods to classrooms in the United States, and to explore classroom management, student motivation, and student assessment techniques in U.S classrooms. She also looks forward to developing partnerships between Quanzhou Middle School in China and her host school in the United States. She was hosted by Audubon Charter School (825 students and 56 teachers) in New Orleans, Louisiana (pop. 450,000).