About Us

Mission

Bring live, authentic online Mandarin learning to North American students, helping them become confident language learners and global citizens who appreciate different cultures and perspectives. 

Vision

We strive to ensure that children ages 5–16 always receive the highest quality language learning experience that is matched to their proficiency, learning style, and personality. 

Our Experts

CricketTogether Senior Vice President of Education Products Laura Woodside

Laura Woodside

SVP Educational Products
Bringing deep experience in the education publishing and collaborative digital learning products industries combined with classroom teaching experience, Laura is responsible for educational products at Cricket. Laura brings skilled leadership in global online collaborative learning programs and product development, online mentoring, K–12 Education, Literacy and Program Management. Laura is passionate about global education equity and with her team, strives to deliver experiences that change lives. She is an education professional with National Board Teaching Certification and a M.S. in Education from The Johns Hopkins University. She lives with her family in Brookeville, Maryland.

Sara Shotwell

Curriculum Development Specialist
Hi, I’m Hsiao-Yun Shotwell, also called Sara. I have a B.A. in Chinese Literature and a Master’s degree in TESOL, and have been teaching Chinese in the United States since 2006. I enjoy working with learners of all ages, and have helped the Oregon Department of Education with foreign language textbook adoption criteria for K–12 schools. Currently, I am the program and curriculum coordinator for the University of Portland’s Chinese Department. I like to employ task-based and project-based activities in class so that students can apply skills in authentic situations. I’m excited to share my passion for Chinese and look forward to seeing you soon!
CricketTogether Senior Vice President of Education Products Laura Woodside

Laura Woodside

SVP Educational Products
Bringing deep experience in the education publishing and collaborative digital learning products industries combined with classroom teaching experience, Laura is responsible for educational products at Cricket. Laura brings skilled leadership in global online collaborative learning programs and product development, online mentoring, K–12 Education, Literacy and Program Management. Laura is passionate about education equity and with her team, strives to deliver experiences that change lives. She is an education professional with National Board Teaching Certification and a MS in Reading Education from The Johns Hopkins University. She lives with her family in Brookeville, Maryland.

Sara Shotwell

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Hi, I’m Hsiao-Yun Shotwell, also called Sara. I have a B.A. in Chinese literature and a M.A. in TESOL and have been teaching Chinese in the United States since 2006. I enjoy working with learners of all ages and have helped the Oregon Department of Education with foreign language textbook adoption criteria for K–12 schools. Currently, I am the program and curriculum coordinator for the University of Portland’s Chinese Department. I like to employ task-based and project-based activities in class so that students can apply skills in authentic situations. I’m excited to share my passion for Chinese and look forward to seeing you soon!

Our Teachers

Jessie Jiao

Hi, my name is Jessie Jiao, and I’m a professional Chinese language teacher from mainland China. I began my career in 2014 as a volunteer teacher for the Confucius Institute in Thailand. I now have four years’ teaching experience, with students hailing from all over the world, including England, Korea, and Japan. You will never be bored in my class—I work hard to foster a fun, friendly atmosphere. Looking forward to seeing you in class!
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Sara (Xinyi) Liu

My name is Xinyi Liu, but people often call me Sara. I’m from the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, and I earned a B.A. from Yunnan University in teaching Chinese as a second language. Afterwards I did my student teaching at Honghe University, where for two years I instructed international students ages 6–45. I also taught Mandarin at a high school in Thailand. In 2012, I came to the U.S, where I have since been employed as a Mandarin Chinese teacher for Maryland’s Howard County Public School System. Teaching is my passion, so I’m proud to say that in 2018 I received my M.S. from National University in San Diego in advanced teaching and learning. I strive to inspire students with activities that are both instructive and fun, and I’m looking forward to starting this journey with you.
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Sara Shotwell

Hi, I’m Hsiao-Yun Shotwell, also called Sara. I have a B.A. in Chinese literature and a M.A. in TESOL and have been teaching Chinese in the United States since 2006. I enjoy working with learners of all ages and have helped the Oregon Department of Education with foreign language textbook adoption criteria for K–12 schools. Currently, I am the program and curriculum coordinator for the University of Portland’s Chinese Department. I like to employ task-based and project-based activities in class so that students can apply skills in authentic situations. I’m excited to share my passion for Chinese and look forward to seeing you soon!
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Tammy Tang

Hi, my name is Tammy Tang, and I’m from Guangzhou, China. I received my B.S. and M.S. in business administration from Johnson & Wales University in the U.S. In 2018 the Chinese University of Hong Kong certified me as being proficient in standard Mandarin, and I began teaching Chinese that year. In 2020 I started teaching for the Boys & Girls Club’s new language program while pursuing another M.A., this time in teaching, a profession that brings me great fulfillment. I would love to introduce Mandarin Chinese and all of its cultural and historical elements to you. Let’s have fun and learn together!
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Mini Wang

Hello! My name is Wang Xiao but I go by Mini. I am originally from northeast China and have years of Mandarin-teaching experience in both China and the U.S. I teach all levels and ages, from 5 years old to 70! I have taught one-on-one and in small class settings, and have also led Chinese festival celebrations with local schools and universities in Colorado. I love teaching Chinese and sharing Chinese culture with others, and my passion is making my classes fun and interesting. I am looking forward to seeing you in class!
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Coco Ying

Hi, I’m Coco Ying! I am a dedicated professional with 12 years’ experience in language training and relevant projects. I got my B.A. in bilingual education and an M.A. in business and administration from the Inner Mongolia University of Technology in China, and I’ve been tutoring children and adults in Mandarin since 2008. I was head teacher at Wall Street Institution in Beijing, and then the teaching director for New Oriental Training School. I now live in Chicago, where I’m pursuing teaching licensure issued by District of Columbia Public Schools. Teaching brings me great joy, and I look forward to meeting you guys and introducing you to the mystery and beauty that is Mandarin Chinese!
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Sophia Zhang

Hello everyone, my English name is Sophia, and my Chinese name is 张晓宇. I’m a Chinese teacher from Dalian, China. With a certificate of accreditation in teaching Chinese as a foreign language at a senior level, I have been an instructor since 2019. I am a patient, friendly, and enthusiastic teacher who enjoys teaching Chinese classes online. I’m looking forward to seeing you in the classroom!
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Joyce Zhao

Hi! My name is Joyce Zhao. I was a student at Northeast Normal University, spent my last two years of college at Portland State University, and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in English and Psychology. I do not only help students gain language skills, but also support them in realizing their potential and in broadening their view of the world. Learning a second language is not easy, especially Chinese—but don’t worry, I am here for you. I look forward to teaching you and hope my work in arts and culture can make you love Chinese.
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Joe Zhou

Hello! My name is Joe Zhou. I’m a professional Mandarin teacher from China. I spent nine years in California for university and work. It has been two years since I graduated with a B.A. in linguistics with a minor in TESL. I have been working in the education field ever since back in 2011, when I received my certification in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages. Being a teacher is empowering and fulfilling, particularly teaching languages, as this helps students grow into well-rounded individuals. I place a special emphasis on speaking ability, and I’m eager to put in the work to make students successful in language learning. Can’t wait to see you in class!
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Interested in joining our professional and trustworthy teaching team? NeuLingo is looking for experienced and enthusiastic teachers who are fluent in Mandarin and English to share their love of Chinese culture.

Cricket and Affiliation

Cricket Media, Inc. is a global education company creating high-quality print and multimedia products for children, families, mentors, teachers, and partners that improve learning opportunities for everyone. Led by our 9 award-winning children’s magazines and our customizable research-tested collaborative learning platform, we are committed to creating and supporting innovative learning experiences that help children safely explore and engage with their expanding world.

NeuLingo is an online Mandarin-learning platform for children ages 5–16. We provide a safe and secure Mandarin environment for kids interested in learning whenever, wherever. Led by qualified teachers and supported by passionate staff, we aim to open doors for students across borders and around the world.

Neusoft Holdings is a high-tech investment and management company investing in information technology, medical health, education and training. With three universities located in China, Neusoft has over 36,000 full time students and more than 100,000 graduates.

Dalian Ruidao Education Information Technology Co., Ltd. (NeuPals) is a Chinese subsidiary of CM Media Group (Cricket Media). In October 2012, CM teamed up with China’s most important partner, Dalian Neusoft Holdings Co., Ltd., to form NeuPals, which is dedicated to exploring the Chinese education and media market. Currently, NeuPals is solely responsible for the CM Media Group’s China operations.