Michael Zhang Maike Volz
Michael Zhang Maike Volz is the dean of Sēn Lín Hú, the Chinese Language Village (first half) and has been with Concordia Language Villages for 6 years. Zhang Maike has worked with Concordia Language Villages in multiple capacities beginning as a counselor for Sēn Lín Hú in 2001, as the dean of the Chinese Global Mission Village 2002-2003, and as the dean of the English Global Language Village in Zhuhai, China 2004.
Maike earned a M.Ed. in teaching Second Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota in 1999, and an M.A. in East Asian Studies with a focus in the Chinese Language from Stanford in 2005. Since his first study abroad experience in China in 1989, Maike has returned to China ten times as a student or teacher, including two years spent teaching at a college in Sichuan province, China. As part of his current responsibilities he has also developed and leads a summer study abroad program to China. He has had 18 years of experience teaching languages (ESL or Chinese) at the elementary, high school and college levels and is currently serving as the program coordinator and as a language instructor for the Chinese Program at the University of Missouri.
Jeff Yáng Jíe Lamb
Jeff Yáng Jíe Lamb is dean of Sēn Lín Hú (second half), the Chinese Language Village. Yáng Jíe has worked at Sēn Lín Hú as a senior counselor and then as teacher in the four-week high school credit sessions. His history with Concordia Language Villages goes back about 21 years, when he was a two-week villager for two years, followed by two years as a credit villager.
Yáng Jíe earned his B.A. at the University of Iowa, double majoring in Asian language and literature and comparative literature. He has also studied at the Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, National Taiwan Normal University.
His overseas study includes the international Chinese language program at National Taiwan University, 2004-2005; Council for International Education Exchange, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, 1998; China Educational Tours, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 1997; and school year abroad in Beijing, 1994. Yáng Jíe teaches at Shady Side Academy, Senior School, in Pittsburgh, Penn.