Matthew Tóngwén Werth is the first half dean of Sēn Lín Hú, the Chinese Language Village. Tóngwén has been a staff member at Concordia Language Villages for nine years working at the Chinese, French, and Spanish language villages and for three years as dean. He was also a villager at both Sēn Lín Hú and El Lago del Bosque.
Tóngwén earned a B.A from the University of Delaware and a Master’s in Chinese, concentrating in pedagogy, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tóngwén has spent over three years in Asia; one year studying at Xiamen University, China through the Confucius Institute Scholarship, and two years teaching in Taiwan as a Fulbright grantee. He currently teaches in Taipei, Taiwan.
Yinglu Lulu Zeglin is the dean of Sēn Lín Hú, the Chinese Language Village and has been with Concordia Language Villages for six years. It is Lulu's fourth year as dean. Lulu has worked with Concordia Language Villages in multiple capacities beginning as a counselor at The Forest in 2009, as a credit teacher for Sēn Lín Hú in 2010, as a credit program facilitator for Sēn Lín Hú in 2011, and a Chinese academic-year program leader at The Forest from 2010-2011. Lulu earned a M.A. majoring in education administration and minoring in teaching second language and cultures, from the University of Minnesota in 2011. Lulu has ten years of experience teaching Chinese in an immersion setting. She is currently serving as the middle level curriculum coordinator and Chinese immersion teacher for Minnetonka Public Schools district in Minnesota.
Iris 娜娜/Nànà Parshley is the Lead Teacher for the Chinese Virtual Village program Club 森林湖/Sēn Lín Hú. Nànà studied Chinese Language and Culture at Macalester College in Minnesota. She has been working with the Chinese Language Village since 2017 as the Activity Coordinator. During summer 2020, she taught online with Sēn Lín Hú and is now tutoring students in English online. Nànà will be going to China to teach English in 2021.
Will 望理/Wànglǐ Adams is Assistant Lead Teacher for the year-round online Chinese Virtual Village program Club 森林湖/Sēn Lín Hú. Wànglǐ began studying Mandarin Chinese in high school; however, it was Sēn Lín Hú that sparked a lifelong interest in Chinese as well as Chinese language education. He attended Sēn Lín Hú as a credit villager and credit villager abroad in the summers of 2008 and 2009, returning as a staff member in 2012. He is currently finishing his master’s degree in multilingual education, with an emphasis in Mandarin Chinese. After graduating, Wànglǐ hopes to return to teaching immersion Chinese in his hometown of Denver, Colorado.