Principal Liang of Beijing Chinese School was born and raised in a family of scholars, who have made significant contributions in academia. For instance, her uncle Shi Qiu Liang, alumnus of Harvard University, was notable as the editor-in-chief of the Far East English-Chinese Dictionary and translator of the complete works of William Shakespeare. Over the recent years, she has begun to reap the successes of her efforts, as reflected by the accomplishments and gratitude of her students.
In October 1997, Principal Liang founded the New York Beijing Chinese School, in hopes of increasing awareness of Chinese culture. Since then, she had served on the board of the Chinese School Association in the United States, was awarded for her excellence in teaching, and was invited to multiple international conferences, including the People’s Republic of China’s 60th anniversary celebration.
Over the past twenty years, Principal Liang has been well known for establishing a rigorous curriculum and setting high expectations for her students. Notable achievements include:
- Broad Curriculum: incorporation of Chinese Historical Knowledge, Chinese Geographic Knowledge, and Chinese Cultural Knowledge for students sixth grade and above to encourage a more thorough understanding of the Chinese language.
- Quality Resources: compilation of auxiliary teaching resources, such as essay guidelines and sample papers, to supplement the selected textbook, Chinese.
- Well-Trained Instructors: ensure that rigorous training and quality level instructors are assigned to appropriate levels of classes. A frequent accolade among Chinese schools include, "teachers who have trained at Beijing Chinese School are most welcomed."
- Collaborative Environment: encourage frequent discussions among educators to allow continued improvement. For instance, Principal Liang published her experiences in the creation and execution of an effective curriculum in World Journal and China Press.
- Notable Alumni: successful graduates have matriculated at colleges including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago, and MIT. We continue to leave our footprints in society as these students move forward and use the skills they’ve acquired here.
Principal Liang’s development of the Chinese language curriculum has benefited countless students and has gained widespread attention in the community. Over a thousand student essays have been published in magazines and newspapers, resulting in five consecutive organization excellence awards along with numerous individual student awards. In 2017, Beijing Chinese School was named by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China as an exemplary overseas Chinese school. From the humble beginning to today’s success, Principal Liang continues to work towards fostering more bilingual students to become valuable members of society.