Midlands S.T.E.M. Institute to offer students Chinese culture and physical activity studies this fall
Students at Midlands S.T.E.M. Institute will be experiencing Chinese culture and Tai Chi during the school’s inaugural academic year starting this fall. Guo Guangwei of Beijing, China, has joined the MSI faculty to children in grades K-5. He also will work with students in MSI’s after school program.
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Guo to our community and to have him work with MSI’s first student body,” said MSI’s executive director Marie Milam. “We believe our children are in for an enjoyable and unique educational experience that will grant them a greater understanding of another country and its culture. Having them experience another culture also deeply enriches the learning environment for our students, so we’re very fortunate that Mr. Guo has become a part of our new adventure.”
An experienced teacher who has worked with students of all ages, Guo was a member of the faculty at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and Hengshui University in the city of Hengshui. Through the Confucius Institute at the University of Zambia in Africa, he taught Chinese language at the American International School, the International School of Lusaka, the SOS children village, and the Rhodes Park School.
He also taught at Sisaket rajabhat University and Ming Meng School in Thailand and Valley View English School in Nepal. He is an accomplished table tennis player and coach who won the championship in doubles for teachers from northeastern Thailand.
Guo earned two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Hebei University. He also completed the Advanced English Program at the American Language Center and completed teacher training from Hanban in China. He joins the faculty at MSI courtesy of the school’s partnership with the Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College.
Midlands S.T.E.M. Institute is a tuition-free public charter school sanctioned by the S.C. Department of Education. As a comprehensive S.T.E.M. school, MSI will immerse students in science, engineering, math, and technology throughout its curriculum.