Staff & Instructors

Avery Wan

Jin Wan, Principal & Operating Director of Washington Cathay Future Center, graduated from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. She has taught music to student of various ages and experience for over 10 years. In 2010, Ms. Wan founded the Little Star Music Education (the professors of Washington Cathay Future Center). This program offers students the opportunity to sing, act, and dance. She is also a choir director and holds both group lessons and private lessons, providing her students with the professional vocal training and performance skills needed to help them to reach their full potential. Within a few years, the program has grown to include over a hundred students, many of whom have gone on to perform in a variety of different concerts, performances, and competitions within the Washington metropolitan area. Aside from Washington Cathay Future Center, Ms. Wan has been involved in many successful musical events and competitions.

Regina Wei

Yuanjin Wei is an illustrator and Chinese free hand brush painting artist based in Washington DC metro area. She especially enjoys creating illustrations that reveal humorous and ironic scenes from everyday life. In creating her images, she combine her training in traditional Chinese illustration with the modern styles to pay respect to her traditional heritage, and also experiment with techniques that allow her to explore without constraints.

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Tyler Brooks

Tyler Brooks has served as a high school technology and engineering instructor forthe past nine years. Recently he has assumed the roles of Technology EducationTeacher, Mentor and Coach for the FTC Team 6406 and CHS Racers Electrathon Race Team. His educational background includes a Bachelor in Science in Graphics Communications from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.He is a recognized National Board Certified Teacher as well as a certified Project Lead the Way engineering instructor.

Michael A. Stokes

National Ballet Company, Crofton, Maryland;
Rhythm nation Performing Arts of Texas Euless, Texas;
Conservatory of Classical Ballet, Dallas, Texas;
Ballet Academy of Texas Fort Worth, Texas

Education/Dance type:

Ballet, hip-hop, modern, character and jazz.

Achievements :

Auditioned for and received scholarships from the school of American Ballet (NewYork), The San Francisco Ballet, The American Ballet Theatre (New York), Cecchetti Council of America (Michigan), The Julillana Schools (SanDiego), Gus Giordano Dance Center (Chicago), Debbie Allen Dance Academy (Culver City, CA) and The University of North Carolina School of Arts.

Alex Liu

Sep. 2015 Hoffberger School of Painting in MICA. (MFA)
 Sep.2012 Department of Chinese Painting in Luxun Academy of Fine Art  (MFA)
 Sep. 2008 Luxun Academy of Fine Art (BFA)
Neither/Or Hoffberger School of Painting Fall Show­­––MICA Lazarus Center Gallery
2015 Chinese Department of Painting Graduate Show––LAFA Gallery 06/15/2015
Water and Ink Experimental Work Show––LAFA Gallery 2014
Participated in the Traditional Chinese Painting—National College Student Flowers and Birds Painting Show held by Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2014.
Participated in the National Group Exhibitions of Nine Cities in 2014.
Presented in Chinese Young Artists Works Exhibition in the Gallery of Huangshang Morning Paper in 2014.
Organized the Small-Size Art Exhibition held in Lunxun Academy of Fine Arts in 2013.
Organized and participated in the Art Activity of Returning—In a Visual Way in Lunxun Academy of Fine Arts in December 2012.
Organized and participated in “Zhixing Ink Painting Show” in 2010.
Organized and participated in “Art --- Traditional Chinese Painting Show” in 2009.
Took part in Wenchuan Earthquake Donation Activity in 2008.

Edward Victor

Edward Victor is a Puerto Rican artist born in New York. He has a BFA from Puerto Rico School of Fine Arts and is currently a MFA student at Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA). He has been an art teacher for 13 years. During this time, he has worked for The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and The Puerto Rico Department of Education. He was also director of the Walter Otero Contemporary Art gallery (San Juan, Puerto Rico). He has exhibited his work in various locations including, The Capitol of Puerto Rico, San Juan Museum, Casa Blanca Museum and Sacred Heart University Gallery.

Tena Thau

Tena recently completed a master’s degree in Philosophy and Public Policy at the London School of Economics, graduating with Distinction. She will be starting a DPhil (PhD) in Philosophy in the fall at the University of Oxford. For the past five years, Tena has debated competitively in the British Parliamentary format, an extemporaneous style of debate about public policy issues. She has competed in tournaments across the US and UK, and won awards at numerous competitions. She has also worked part-time as a debate instructor for the past five years, teaching debate to elementary, middle, and high school students of all skill levels.

Crystal M. Adair

Crystal Adair is a native of Washington, DC and a proud product of the DC Public School System. In 1997, she graduated summa cum laude from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Arts (Radio-Television-Film). Trained as a broadcast journalist and highly skilled in both oratory and the dramatic arts, Crystal’s lifelong commitment is to help our youth “find their own voices”. This author, filmmaker, playwright and impassioned public speaker has been teaching English, Public Speaking and Fine Arts for more than 15 years. As importantly, she has worked with students and adults from all over the globe and from every grade level between kindergarten and college. Additionally, Crystal has written, produced and directed more than 75 stage plays, special programs and film projects throughout her career, while also successfully coaching hundreds of student speakers for regional competitions, Broadway auditions and even the Disney channel! Finally, Crystal’s greatest ambitions are to finally publish her memoir, Therapy, and to launch her own performing and visual arts non-profit program for youth who live in underserved communities. Crystal currently resides in Prince Georges County, MD with her very precocious and uber-talented ten-year old son, Jalen Christopher.

Arnetia Walker

ARNETIA WALKER aka “Ms. Neesha” was 16 and attending New York’s prestigious High School of the Performing Arts when she was cast in her Broadway debut, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry. She went on to standby for Stephanie Mills as Dorothy in the original Broadway run of The Wiz. She spent five years as a “Dreamgirl” in the role of Lorrell Robinson, and eventually achieved the distinction of being the only woman to have played all three of the show’s principal characters. Her films include For Love of the Game, Balloon Farm, and College Road Trip. She also appeared in the HBO movie Cast a Deadly Spell. She has worked extensively in television, including as a series regular in The Big House and Nurses, and as a guest star on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Everybody Loves Raymond, City of Angels, Touched by an Angel, The Steve Harvey Show, Just Shoot Me, and NYPD Blue. She currently teaches drama and musical theatre to students of all ages in the DMV area.

Rebecca Henry

With her “beautiful mezzo timbre,” -La Press, Rebecca Henry is capturing the attention of audiences throughout the globe. She made her international debut in China performing as Prince Orlofsky at renowned performing venues including The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, The Suzhou Culture and Arts Center, and the Hangzhou Grand Theater, during a tour with the I Sing Festival. All performances were telecast to an audience of 1 billion people on CCTV. While in China she learned to sing and speak Mandarin for a final performance in Chinese coached by international artists including Hao Jiang Tian, Valery Ryvkin, and Katherine Chu. Some of her most recent appearances include Alto Soloist in Beethoven 9 performed with Maestro Liang Zhang of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, and as the Alto Soloist for the Mozart Vespers with Chesapeake Chorale. This season marked her conductorial debut with the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, leading performances of Ruddigore, Robin Hood and HMS Pinafore. Additionally, she lead the Forgotten Opera Company, for the world premier of Do Not Disturb. Previously, she was heard as a critically acclaimed Young Artist with Opera Theater Pittsburgh, where she performed as the Mezzo Soloist (Liebeslieder Waltzes) as well as Petra (A Little Night Music). In regards to her performances, critics said: “Rebecca Henry unfurls a beautiful voice to great effect” (City Paper Pittsburgh).

Hui Zhuang

Zhuang Hui began her martial arts training , in china , when she was nine years old and was quickly recruited to attend the Beijing Sports School. She went to be selected to compete as a member of the Beijing Wushu team, widely renewed as the best martial artists in the world, where she trained with other stars, including Jet Li. During her career she has traveled throughout the world, competitions. She has won the gold medal as the Asian Olympic Games, 4 gold medals in the Asian Wushu Championships and is the five time Women`s All-Around Champion of China.

Becci E. Kim

Ms. Kimm’s has been teaching dance in the Washington D.C. area for over 30 years. Her ballet training and experience includes the Royal Academy of Dance, the Royal Ballet in London, the American Ballet Theater, and the Garden State Ballet. She was the owner/director of The Gaithersburg Academy of Dance for 15 years. She was selected as the Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic region of the Royal Academy of Dance. In June 2007, she accepted the position as Ballet Mistress with The Potomac Children’s Youth Ballet, where she trained both Companies I and II and conducted rehearsals for the yearly Nutcracker and spring performances. Ms. Kimm’s students have performed at Wolf Trap National Park, the Kennedy Center, and the White House, and are now members of American Ballet Theater, dancers on cruise ships, owners of studios, dance teachers and dance majors at various universities. Ms. Kimm’s main goal in her teaching is to instill a love for the art in all her students at all levels of training.

Phil Peng

Music Director & Conductor; 
Classically-trained tenor with music education from both China and U.S
Former member of the Shanghai Philharmonic Society Music genres include Classical Music, Liturgical Music, German Lieder, French and English Art Songs, and Chinese Folk Music Conducting

Conductor and Artistic Director, Columbia Chinese Choral Arts Society (CCCAS) (2006 to 2013)
Conductor and Artistic Director, Yellow River Art Ensemble (YRAE) (2011 to 2013)
Conductor, Washington Chinese Chorus (WCC) (2004 – 2007)

Lydia Zeng

Yijia have been well received by students and their parents due to novel and interesting teaching methods during the service, organizing students to host small concerts, and all students have passed grade examination of piano. In 2013, Yijia set up Perfect Music Art Studio together with her friends at No. 699, Xinhua Road, Shanghai, with main services of arts education, including piano teaching, tea art training and guqin training, etc. At the beginning of the creation of the studio, She got numerous valuable experience in teaching and management through learning by trial and error and assistance from seniors. She learned piano since five years old, learning after Professor Shi Jinglin, head of Piano Department in School of Music of Qingdao University; in 2008, She was admitted to art class of High School Affiliated to China Ocean University; in 2011, She was admitted to the specialty of piano performances in East China Normal University with the first prize at national level, learning after Professor Hou Runyu, dean, German pianist and conductor as well as Professor Zhang Dingyuan, famous pianist and educator; in 2012, She studied and performed in Austria Innsbruck, guided by great masters such as pianist Krassimira Jordan, Thomas Kreuzberger and her performances were well received; in 2013, She performed at the Commemorate Debussy Show in Shanghai Concert Hall. During the university, She have participated in different types of commercial performances and teaching activities, with extensive experience in teaching performances. In 2015, She was admitted to Peabody Conservatory in the United States, learning with pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya and Harlen Parker. Now she is devote herself to piano pedagogy.

Erin Holmes

Erin Holmes is a ceramicist from the DC area. She has had a passion for visual arts all her life and finds that the best way for her to express this passion is though the ceramic medium. After graduating from University of Miami with a Bachelors in Fine Arts; focus in ceramics and art history, she went on to pursue a career of teaching the craft to all ages while also creating her own line of work for galleries and sales. After a few years of experience she is still currently and happily walking this career path and has gained exceptional knowledge of teaching ceramic art.

Melissa Eisen

Melissa Eisen is an independent design professional that focuses on fine art, branding, and visual storytelling. She received a BA in Fine Arts and Art Education from University of Maryland, College Park and has a Maryland Teaching License. After university, she taught art in Maryland public schools for several years before exploring other aspects of the professional art world including design projects and art shows in the DC area. In addition to creating from the recesses of her own mind, Melissa likes to bring other people's visions to reality through commissioned pieces, collaborative works, and education. She worked with individuals ranging in age from 4 to 90 on a variety of creative and professional endeavors. To learn more about Melissa and her work you can visit or follow her facebook page,

Latechia G. Mitchell

Latechia Mitchell began her work with children in the fall of 1998. She has worked for many years in the areas of creative and academic disciplines. While Ms. Mitchell has been formally educated in the areas of psychology and education, she has had many artistic work experiences that have helped hone her imaginative energies. She is a certified English teacher by the MSDE in grades 6-12, and also holds an advanced professional certificate in elementary education. During the day, Ms. Mitchell works for MCPS at S. Christa McAuliffe ES.

In her varied work throughout the years with children and teens, she has been able to develop a creative muscle that she continues to stretch and train. Ms. Mitchell has learned and taught black and white photography, newspaper, drama, visual art, dance, and supported students in their academic pursuits throughout her professional experiences. She has directed plays, written music, and choreographed dance for students for over 10 years in camps and classes.

Highlights of her work with students include creating an environmental club that continues at the CCCS-Trinidad Campus in Northeast DC, facilitating students in Fairfax County to retell and write their own version of the Firebird Suite, and directing her 2nd grade class in a reader’s theatre production of Cendrion, a Caribbean Cinderella. Currently, Ms. Mitchell teaches Funny Songs and Hands on Art here at Cathay Future. She is excited to be a part of the visionary staff that offers classes here to students.

Lydia Tyburski

Lydia Tyburski graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010, with a BFA in painting. She is a twice recipient of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, including the Silver Medal for a visual arts portfolio. She has worked professionally as a scenic artist & as a studio artist at Madame Tussaud’s in D.C. She has a special interest in using narrative & color. Her other interests & hobbies include creative writing, web-design, & psychology. She hopes to continue her studies as a graduate student in the future.

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