Director/Owner: Natalie Gerity.
Natalie is an Arizona native! Natalie attended Xavier College Preparatory and went to Fordham University in New York City, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Afterwards, Natalie continued her education at Long Technical School, nka Kaplan College and achieved a Paralegal Certificate. Natalie has worked in the legal field for the past 15 years but regularly volunteered her time with her children’s preschools and schools. In fact, Natalie has been the President of the PTO board for each school her children attended and takes great pleasure in creating fun, innovative and exciting events for children to enjoy. In 2014, Natalie created the Mini-Ambassador Program with the assistance of Phoenix Sister Cities. Natalie has a passion for travel and loves introducing children to other countries and elevating children to succeed further with the ultimate goal of language fluency. She is frequently invited by the government of China to participate in activities such as anniversary celebrations and friendly competitions. Natalie will use her Bachelor’s Degree to enhance your child’s learning experience with art and literature in English.
Mandarin Teacher/Owner: Fei Yao “Fancy.”
Anyone who knows Ms. Fancy knows that she is the best at early childcare for Mandarin. Fancy hails from Zhenjiang, China. In 2016, Fancy helped to launch the Mini-Ambassador Program to the Tempe Sister City of Zhenjiang, China (her home town!). Fancy graduated from the prestigious Jiangsu University in 2008 with a major in Art and Design. Fancy has taught preschool-aged children in the United States since 2012. Teaching Mandarin as a second language has encompassed her entire teaching career. She is currently enrolled in school learning the Montessori way of teaching. Soon, Fancy will be a certified Montessori teacher, and will implement that program in your child’s classrooms in the near future. Fancy loves children and has a passion for creating relationships between China and the United States. Her goal is to enhance your child’s education through a pairing with a Chinese brother or sister in friendship, to further enable their education by immersing children into the world of language and communication. Children have the natural ability to absorb language and in turn, learn coexistence and community with the world. Learning a different language, other than one’s native tongue, encourages creative and universal thinking and broadens the child’s future with all the advantages that multilingual proficiency provides. Fancy is in charge of the creation of your child’s unique curriculum. Hola Hello Ni Hao’s curriculum will guide your child within an environment where language, respect, dignity and coexistence with all cultures is taught by immersing your child into languages.
Assistant Director-Tara Nowak
Tara began her career with children as a nanny. Tara loves teaching children and is very good at understanding the child psyche. Tara obtained an Associate’s Degree at Glendale Community College in 2014 and is in ongoing early child development training. Your child is in great hands with Tara running the show, as she endeavors to understand their needs and sets goals appropriate to them. Additionally, Tara is very good at creative design and projects and looks forward to implementing activities for children enrolled in HHNH. In her spare time, Tara volunteers for her children’s schools at community events and enjoys traveling. In short, to know her is to love her.