Whitney Lok-Defino
Whitney was born in Guangzhuo (Canton), PR China, and immigrated to the United States as a young teen.  She is a native speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, but has grown up in both American and Chinese cultures.  Whitney earned her BA in English literature from Binghamton University, but her career as an educator is rooted in twelve years’ experience teaching developmentally disabled high school students in Virginia, New  York, and Connecticut.  During a brief hiatus to raise her two young children, she discovered a new passion while teaching them her native language, and immediately set about earning credentials in Mandarin Chinese through the ARC (Alternate Route to Certification) program, which she completed in 2009.  Before joining the CGS faculty, Whitney taught Mandarin in the Glastonbury and Ridgefield school districts, as well as the Huaxia Chinese School in Danbury.

Ms. Lok-Defino, or Le Laoshi, teaches Chinese.
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