Academic Teachers

Ms. Lynne Lim

English Reading & Writing

Ms. Lynne Lim has been an English Language teacher for over 20 years. Her professional history includes working with students from different cultural backgrounds in various primary and secondary schools in Singapore and the United States. She has taught English to students from different countries, e.g., Malaysia, China, France, Indonesia, the Philippines and the United States. She is currently teaching SAT English, Reading Comprehension and Writing Courses to students from Grades 5-12. Her SAT English class helps her students build a strong foundation in Reading and Writing to feel well-prepared and confident in taking the SAT when they are ready.

Mr. Cheng Yang


Mr. Cheng Yang is a recent graduate from Georgetown University where he received his Master’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics. He is focusing on Applied Mathematics and Statistics in the finance area. Currently, he is working as a professional financial analyst in a mortgage modeling consulting group. Additionally, he is also glad to support children’s success in Mathematics and Computer Science. He was tutoring some children at elementary school to get great improvement on Math subjects. He is preparing some course materials for the Math Olympiad and coding with Python and R.

Mr. Ollie Hardy

STEM & Math

Mr. Ollie Hardy is a MCPS Technology Teacher who loves what he does. Throughout his 17 year teaching career, Ollie has taught a variety of courses including Engineering, Game Design, Web Design, Lego Robotics & Computer-Aided Drafting Design. Mr. H (as his students call him) has taught grades 6-12 at a variety of Middle Schools and High Schools in Montgomery County. He currently is a 6th grade Computer Science Teacher at Silver Creek Middle School.

Art Teachers

Avery Wan

Voice Chorus Movement & Rhythms

Avery graduated from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music and taught at Chengdu University. After more than ten years of teaching, Avery established the Little Star Music Education based in Maryland in 2010. In 2015, she became the founder, Principal, and CEO of Washington Cathay Future Center, and is now the Principal and Operating Director of CCACC Academy. Pioneering, tenacious, and business literate are just some of the terms used to describe Avery. She is well known in the local education and art circles and maintains strong relations with the government. She has been involved in the startup of the business, the hands-on work, the establishment of the team, the leadership of the team, as well as the completion of sales and growth goals each year, and the year-by-year expansion. Avery believes that each child has infinite potential and an educator’s mission is to unlock and nurture a child’s potential to lay the foundation for his/her long-term success and happiness. 

Ms. Paige Kim

2D Art

Ms. Paige Dasol Kim is an artist, independent curator, and an art educator based in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Paige graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art Education in 2013, and she received a Master of Fine Arts in Curatorial Practice with a minor in Critical Studies in 2017. She has taught art for all ages for ten years since her undergraduate study. Currently, she teaches as an adjunct faculty at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland and as an art teacher at Dominion Christian School in Virginia. Paige’s artworks are shown internationally through ‘Saatchi Art,’ the world’s largest curated online gallery platform, and she was awarded the Today’s Artist from Saatchi Art. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, and many other states around the country. For more information, please visit her website: “

Chinese Mandarin Teachers

Ms. Jing Chen

Ma LiPing Chinese

Ms. Jing Chen holds a Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (CTCSOL) and has taught Chinese for over five years at American Chinese School, Rockville and Venus in Maryland. Proficient in the Ma Liping Chinese curriculum, Ms. Chen has taught Ma Liping Grades 4-8. She is experienced in flexible, interactive teaching. Her patience, sense of responsibility and amiability have earned her wide popularity and respect from her students and their parents. Ms. Chen holds degrees from Suzhou University and University of New South Wales, Australia.

Ms. Zizhen Liu

Ma LiPing Chinese

Ms. Zizhen Liu is a graduate of the Chinese Teaching Department of Benxi University in China. She has nearly two decades’ experience teaching Chinese Mandarin to a wide range of students including K-12 students. The curricula she has taught include Standard Chinese, Ma Liping Chinese, Jinan University Chinese, AP Chinese Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, and AP New Practical Chinese Reader. She was elected as an outstanding teacher several times due to her extraordinary achievements in teaching. Zizhen also holds the provost position at a Chinese school.

Ms. Jing Bai

Ma LiPing Chinese

Ms. Jing Bai has been teaching Chinese as a second language and as a heritage language for many years. Her student-centered instruction, integrating games, arts and crafts, and music, proves to be stimulating and inspirational for the students to learn Chinese language and culture. A good communicator and facilitator are the roles that she plays in her classroom.

Ms. Yihong Chen

Ma LiPing Chinese

As a winner of the teacher merit award from the association of Chinese schools in 2016, Ms. Yihong Chen is a very experienced instructor and professor in Chinese and biology related areas, She has taught Chinese to students in various contexts and at different levels continuously since 2003. Her students come from all different cultural backgrounds and age groups. In order to engage them in class, she effectively implements different teaching methodologies and techniques, including storytelling, debates, games, etc . Yihong is also good at communicating with her students and her students enjoy sharing their ideas with her. Her classes are always highly appreciated by the students and their parents.

Mr. Roger Chen

Chinese for Non-Heritage Learners

Mr. Roger Chen has worked as a teacher for over 33 years. Roger has a firm belief that Education needs to take root. After Graduating from the National Changhua Normal University in Taiwan, Roger sought to understand grass-roots Education. Roger has taught at every level of Education and received numerous awards, one of which was:(2017) Won the Rotary International 3480 Regional 2016-17 Thank You Letter – (International Rotary Youth Exchange Students’ Tutoring Chinese Language Teaching Work, Promote Cultural Exchange, Specially Awarded Thank You Letter B Paper. )”

Future Leader Teachers

Ms. Megan Herman

Public Speaking

Ms. Megan Herman has been teaching for eight years in Montgomery County Public Schools and is thrilled to be an Instructor at CCACC Academy. She attended Towson University and obtained an Elementary and Special Education degree; then, Loyola University Maryland for a Masters in Educational Leadership. She has held various positions at summer camps across Maryland in Arts and Crafts, STEM, and other activities. Working with and educating children is one of her passions.

Ms. Lindsay Diamola

Public Speaking

While teaching at CCACC Academy Preschool, Ms. Lindsay Diamola is currently majoring in Early Childhood Education at Montgomery College. Part of her greatest influence for pursuing Early Childhood Education is mainly because of her teachers. They gave her the ability to explore, play, and get creative while learning at the same time with no limitations and no wrong. Lindsay owes her influences and educational experience to her Early Childhood teachers and in the same way she would like to make an impact on one or all of her students as they start their educational journey with her.

Movement Teachers

Ms. Cici Chen

Dance Teacher

As the Dance teacher for CCACC Academy Preschool students, Ms. Cici Chen can’t wait to teach them skills and techniques in dance and stage performance. A passionate dancer, teacher and arts management professional, Cici worked as Arts Director at Hope Chinese School (Herndon and Tysons Districts) and Wuhan Bella Dancers Company, following three years’ experience performing ballet and folk dance at theaters and teaching at a dance school. I hold a B.A. in Dance Performance and Education from Wuhan Conservatory of Music and M.A. in Arts Management from George Mason University.

Ms. Jie Zhang

Gymnastics Teacher

Ms. Jie Zhang is a former member of the Chinese National Gymnastics Team and a national level coach and judge. She won the first champion of individual asymmetrical bars and team competition in China’s National Gymnastics Competition. She worked as a judge in the US Gymnastics Cup in 1999 which the Chinese National Gymnastics Team was attending. Currently Jie works as a gymnastic coach at MarVaTots ‘n Teens Gymnastics Club in Maryland while teaching at CCACC Academy. Several of her US students have won first place in local competitions of balance beam and floor exercises, as well as all-around champion of individual gymnastics and team championship.

Multiple-Interest Teachers

Ms. Dawn Covington

Learning to Cook

Say “Hello!” to Ms. Dawn Covington, our Academy’s beloved creative arts and culinary instructor! Dawn has been teaching art for 25 years and has run several informal and formal cooking clubs and classes. She enjoys cooking for her kids and experimenting with new things in the art studio and the kitchen. She is excited to welcome hands-on learning and fun into The CCACC Afterschool Program.

Mr. Jacob Kempler


Mr. Jacob Kempler’s interest in chess was sparked at age six after learning the moves from his father. Since then, it has developed into a passion that continues to this day. Over the years, He has competed in many tournaments and earned the title of National Master. During his chess career, he is proud to have won over twenty titles, trophies and prizes, both individually and as part of a team. A partial list includes:

  • Maryland State Champion
  • Maryland Junior Champion
  • Maryland Chess Congress Champion
  • Pan American Intercollegiate, Top Board 1
  • Eastern Open, Top Junior

Mr. Matthew Chesky


Mr. Matthew Chesky has years of experience teaching math, computer science, and chess at educational institutions. In addition to CCACC Academy summer camps, Matthew is also a popular math and STEM teacher at our Afterschool program. He holds an Associates Degree in Computer Science from Frederick Community College. Mr. Matthew Chesky is happy to bring his experience and expertise to CCACC Academy. In his free time he enjoys grand strategy games and game development.

STEM Teachers

Mr. Simbisai Kahari


A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A in Communication Arts, Mr. Simbisai Kahari has been passionate about STEAM & STEM education and has led CCACC Academy’s science and technology-related programs. In addition to teaching, Simbisai has painted and illustrated for over ten years, and designed (Graphic & Web Design) for the past three years. Simbisai currently resides in DC teaching robotics and technology. During his college years, Simbisai worked and educated at-risk youth at Elk Hill Farms and assisted in running and producing work out of the Hill Gallery.

Mr. Ollie Hardy

STEM & Math

Mr. Ollie Hardy is a MCPS Technology Teacher who loves what he does. Throughout his 17 year teaching career, Ollie has taught a variety of courses including Engineering, Game Design, Web Design, Lego Robotics & Computer-Aided Drafting Design. Mr. H (as his students call him) has taught grades 6-12 at a variety of Middle Schools and High Schools in Montgomery County. He currently is a 6th grade Computer Science Teacher at Silver Creek Middle School.

Mr. Pratyusha Mandal


Ms. Pratyusha Mandal is a decorated high school inventor and first Robotics State Championship Participant. A few of them are 1st place Alliance winner and 1st place Inspire Award at FIRST Chesapeake – FIRST Tech Challenge and she has received the 1st place Robot Performance Award at FIRST Chesapeake, DMV region– FIRST Tech Challenge. Pratyusha has gained meaningful experience teaching Java Coding to our scholars this fall 2021 and has had prior experience teaching students scratch block-based coding.

Operations Coordinator

Ms. Jean T. Li

Ms. Jean Tso has been working at Montgomery County Public Schools for 22 years. Her current jobs are the Westland Middle School Cafeteria Manager (full time), and the CCACC Academy Afterschool Program Operations Coordinator (part time). From 2011-2018, Jean worked part time as the Operations Coordinator of an academic learning center in Rockville, MD. Originally from Taiwan, Jean holds a B. Ed. from the National Taipei University of Education. She works hard to help provide the students with a safe and nurturing learning environment where they can study a wide spectrum of courses such as English and Math.