A native of Shenzhen, China, Haiyan Fan brings to Thaden nearly a decade of experience teaching and building curriculum in Mandarin Chinese, and a background in design research in the mobile tech industry. Dr. Fan is the author and creator of Chinestory – Learning Chinese through Pictures and Stories, an award-winning curriculum designed to help 21st century learners make sense of Chinese characters and have fun learning Mandarin. A former English teacher in her hometown, Dr. Fan came to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in applied linguistics/TESL at the University of Arizona. She later earned a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. Also a TEDx speaker, Dr. Fan is passionate about making language learning easy, efficient, and enjoyable.