Early childhood education has been my passion for as long as I can remember. It is a profession that I grew up immersed in. As the founder of China-based Maron International Education Group, my mother started her first childcare center in 1988 when I was just 3 years old. Within 6 months, the center became the most popular among local parents. My mother went on to pursue her dream of opening new centers in six other Chinese cities. Maron’s successful curriculum and great reputation continued to grow, and the group grew to 40 large centers all over China. To date, Maron has educated more than 30,000 children over the 30+ years since it began.
I was strongly influenced by my mother’s dedication to spreading education through this business. I came to the United States to attend High School in 2000 and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Business Degree in 2008. From there, I began my own journey into early childhood education. Today, I and am proud and privileged to continue what my mother started.
We believe that quality education should never be limited by cultural, social, or economic boundaries. Knowledge Tree Children’s Academy is unique in many ways from typical centers. We offer extremely enriching and highly rewarding Inquiry-based Story Curriculum, a hands-on Project-based Multi-Cultural Kitchen, as well as a Children’s Art Studio. Many of our methods originated in China with a highly regarded and well-established Maron group. We’ve taken our very best lessons and modified them to fit into American Culture. We also offer Mandarin class at the academy, which is an incredible opportunity for children to explore a second language while still very young.
But perhaps most importantly, we strive to create a home-like environment where children can grow and explore their world. Our center is not a place only to learn ABCs and 123s, but one where children form good habits, satisfy and grow their natural curiosity, seek and find answers, solve problems, build relationships and become global citizens. We provide every opportunity for our students to be fully supported as they “write” their unique childhood stories and build foundations for lifelong learning.
Knowledge Tree Children’s Academy is a labor of love for my entire family. And we hope to have a positive impact on the lives of families and children at our academy.