Kate Chen graduated from Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages as an outstanding graduate of Zhejiang Province, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Following this, she completed her Master of Arts Degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.
During her time at school, Kate feels fortunate to have worked as an assistant to the school’s Foreign Affairs Department for 3 years. Kate has also worked as an early childhood teacher and mentor at Shanghai New Oriental international school, co-teaching with international teachers of diverse backgrounds. These valuable experiences have shown Kate that diversity in the community and workplace can inspire idea creation and increase innovation. Kate’s master’s degree research focused on bilingual education and family language policy. She is interested in how different language policy choices and patterns realized in the households can promote active bilingualism.
Kate is passionate about early childhood education and is deeply influenced by the Reggio Emilia education system that supports children’s well-being and fosters their intellectual development. She believes in the rich potential in children and enjoys the co-construction process of knowledge. One’s internal image of the child directs them to behave in certain ways and Kate hopes to play a part in helping children challenge thoughts and exceed limits.