Our Team

Susan Chen - Lead Teacher


Susan developed her passion for early childhood education when she moved to the U. S. in 2003. She currently has 10 years of preschool teaching experience in the US as well as receiving her Certificate of Child Development Accreditation. She  also has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering due to her love for the sciences. Besides teaching, Susan is also a mother of three, and loves caring and encouraging them to follow their interests. Susan is excited to teach children through scientific  thinking, exploring nature, and enhancing creativity in music and arts while introducing the Chinese language.

Li Xia - Literacy Teacher


Li Xia is a passionate, caring, knowledgable educator, who started her teaching journey right after majoring in Education in 1992. She has taught pre-k to third grade for many years in China as a classroom teacher. Through her outstanding teaching and leadership her class attended many national activities with great results and winning awards. She moved to the US with her family four years ago to seek an international education for her children. She is excited and happy to be back in the teaching world and help Little Sprouts grow and blossom. 



Olivia Wang - Director


Olivia is a mother, teacher, traveler and the founder of Little Sprouts CIP.  She has had passion and love for kids ever since she can remember. Her interest in a bilingual education and global cultures led her to pursue a degree in Tourism in China, but once in the US she pursued her true calling and obtained a Bachelor's degree Education from Webster University.  After nearly 8 years of teaching experience both in China and the US, including as one of the founding lead kindergarten teachers at the St. Louis Language Immersion School (SLLIS), she is excited to combine her passion and profession together to offer other parents the opportunity to introduce their children to a second language and foreign culture in a diverse setting. 

Rebecca Fenlon - Science/English Reading Specialist


Rebecca is an awesome mother of four, including one child with Autism, two of which are bilingual attend SLLIS. She graduated Missouri State University in Springfield with a bachelor's of science degree. She has 8 years experience as a certified recreational therapist with a psychology emphasis.  She has lived in St.Louis most of her life - was born & raised here.  She loves the benefit what bilingualism has to offer to her children. It is not only good for their brain development, but also broadens their view to the diverse world. She is very excited to work at Little Sprouts to help it grow strong.

Rui Zheng - Teaching Assistant


Rui Zhang is a graduate student at Webster University and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Elementary Education. During the two year of study at Webster University, Rui has learned about differentiated learning instructions,  formative assessments, and teaching in a diverse culture. She has earned her bachelor degree in Administrative Management, which also fosters her ability of classroom management as a teacher. As a native-Chinese speaker, she is proud to integrate Chinese traditional etiquette and life aesthetic into her teaching.  Her cross-cultural experience  and background as an amateur photographer provide perspective and tools to  cultivate creativity in her students and teach them to love and appreciate the world around them. By teaching students to explore and inquire about world, culture and people around  them, Rui will help students at Little Sprouts to become future leaders and life-long learners.