Staff & Instructors

Administrative Team

Avery Wan

Principal & Operating Director
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

Program Manager
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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Melissa Eisen

Afterschool Manager
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,

Performing Art Department

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.

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.

Laura Boyer

Laura Boyer is a dancer, actress and choreographer with over twenty years of experience. She graduate Cum Laude from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor's of Arts in Theatre and Dance, during which time she co-founded and ran InMotion Dance Ensemble. She has performed professionally throughout the country as a dancer, actress and singer. Miss Boyer has worked with companies such as BalletX, The Walnut Street Theatre, Candlelight Theater, Bootless Stage Works, Wildwood Summer Theatre, 11th Hour Theatre, Sitar Arts Center and All That Jazz Studio.

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.

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.

Briana V. William

Briana V. William is a Dancer, Performer, Choreographer. She graduated from Towson University in Baltimore, MD a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. Briana began her love for dance at the age of 3 at Yokota Air Force Base, Japan under the direction of Debby Yuile. Growing up and developing her love of dance with many different Dance Studios in the D.C. Maryland and Virginia Area. During her time at Towson University as a Dance Major Briana has both performed and choreographed, taking the lead in “Bill T. Jones', Continuous Replay” as the clock, Alvin Ailey Pieces “House of the Rising Sun” and “Escapades” as well as Robert Battle's Battlefield as a Quartet member and ensemble. Upon graduating from Towson with her BFA in Dance performance from Towson University, she has performed and taught at showcases, workshops, amusements parks, you name it. Briana is continuing her ventures abroad and on the high seas with Carnival Cruise Lines and has made a stop at Washington Cathay Future Center to create a Top-Tier Dance Program.

Katie Nerud

Katie Nerud is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland where she received her Bachelors Degree in Dance with an area of emphasis in Dance Education.  During this time she was casted in dances that were choreographed by Undergraduate students, Graduate students, and Faculty.  She was also casted in a piece by artist in residence Monstah Black.  She is continuing to study with the University of Maryland Graduate School where she will receive a Masters Degree in Education and a Masters Certification in Dance Education.  She is also continuing her professional career by being a guest artist in another Graduate students thesis project and dancing professionally with Light Switch Dance Theatre.  Katie hopes to educate her students with a new movement vocabulary, knowledge of their body, and an outlet for their artistry.

She is excited to be returning to Washington Cathay to instruct its dynamic students in a variety of Communications courses.

STEM Department

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.

Luke Ikard

Luke Ikard is a multidisciplinary artist based in Baltimore, MD, where he maintains an active woodworking and multimedia studio art practice. Utilizing his knowledge of sound and emerging technologies as well as his skills as a woodworker, Ikard has developed experience in a wide range of specialties. Ikard has earned a MFA in Multidisciplinary art from the Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art and received his BFA in Studio Art from Sam Houston State University. Ikard has lead instructional workshops and lectures in wood shop safety, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, digital fabrication, and computer programing.

Language Arts Teacher

Nicole Taylor

Dr. Nicole Taylor holds a Doctorate degree in English from Howard University and is a specialist in Communications. She has over 20 years of experience teaching English, Writing, and Public Speaking, among many other courses, to both college and grade level students.

Dr. Taylor believes that thorough preparation for success via education and exploration is key to unlocking the possibilities to students' futures.

She is excited to be returning to Washington Cathay to instruct its dynamic students in a variety of Communications courses.

Chinese Program

Diana Wobus

英文语言学士、教育技能硕士、教育计划与管理博士 推动在大华府引进《马立平中文》教材系列 首位创建正规学年制教材教学体系管理者 大华府唯一在2014年教授了教材全部年段的教学领路人 主持全球独一无二的《马立平中文》教学培训班和教学资源库 北美公认的继承语教学开创者和实践家 中文语言和中华文化教育的高口碑的优秀教育者 获2015年国侨办颁发“优秀教师奖” 获2016年华府教育领域第一杰出华人荣誉 全球将云技术引入中文教学倡导人、领军者、应用者 “双模式”教学理念开创者 

Qian Ning

自从来美国后,从事中文教育已二十年。所教的学生从4岁到70岁近几百人。他们有的是华裔后代,有的是纯美国人,有的是混血儿。先后在博城中文学校,希望中文学校,美中实验,公立美国学校和私立美国学校任教。并先后对十几套中文教材进行了评估。先后教过暨南大学中文,马立平, 熟语识字和朗朗中文教材。教学的方式从近三十人的大班,几个人的小班到一对一的家教。所教的学生有两个人去中国四川和天津任教。有一个学生在乔治华盛顿大学攻读中文高级班(纯美国人)。通过孔子学院海外教师资格认证。有海外中文教材和教程培训经验。曾经获得多次获得优秀中文教师的称号。深受家长和学生的喜爱。教学特点:生动有趣,灵活多样,寓教于乐。

Yihong Chen

As a winner of the Teacher Merit Award from the Association of Chinese Schools in 2016, Yihong Chen is a very experienced instructor and professor in Chinese and biology related areas. She has taught Chinese to students in various contexts and at different levels continuously since 2003. Her students come from all different cultural backgrounds and age groups. In order to engage them in class, she effectively implements different teaching methodologies and techniques, including storytelling, debates, games, etc. Ms. Chen is also good at communicating with her students and her students enjoy sharing their ideas with her. Her classes are always highly appreciated by the students and their parents.


Vicky Li

Fanding (Vicky) Li is an outstanding Mandarin teacher who specializes in early Chinese education. Fanding was born in China but received her high school education in the United States. With her vast experience and familiarity with the U.S education system and style, she is very good at communicating with young children. She utilizes songs, storytelling and interactive games in her classes and effectively keeps all the students fully engaged and highly motivated.


Dance Program

Anton Nguyen

Anton Nguyen is a street dance/urban dance practitioner from the DMV area. Beginning his studies in college, he's had the privilege and opportunity to train with some of the best locally, regionally, and internationally. Starting on UMBC's collegiate Hip-Hop dance troupe, Major Definition, Anton has served as principal dancer, competition winning choreographer, Captain, and Artistic Director. During the interim, he has trained with regional and international street dance pioneers/veterans, joined other dance groups such as Baltimore's Regulators Crew and Culture Shock DC (Alumni), participated in commissioned dance projects, taught large community workshops, and made a name for himself in the DMV street dance scene.

As of today, Anton reps his home crew, Regulators, as he continues solo to perfect his craft while traveling the world to seek new knowledge, training, and perspectives. He is passionate about passing down all he has gathered to the younger generation as authentically and true to the culture as it was to him. Though arguably a late dancer, Anton believes it is your why that will push you to surpass your circumstances and become the person you want to be.

Music Teacher

Sabrina Yu

  1. 1999年,以湖北省总分第一的专业成绩考入华中师范大学,音乐教育学院,主修声乐、合唱专业。2001年,考入Tian kong合唱团,参加全国各大合唱比赛,屡次获得第一名!同年,随Tian kong合唱团,代表中国参加“舒伯特国际合唱比赛”获女生组特别大奖,混声组一等奖。2003年以优异的成绩毕业,获得学士学位。 
  2. 2003--2005年,任职于首都师范大学音乐系,多次被评为“优秀青年教师”。 
  3. 2003--2005年,被北京市青少年宫特聘为音乐教师,组织排练各项大型演出。 
  4. 2005--2014年,任职于中南民族大学音乐系,组织成立“中南民族大学合唱团”,获得省内外各大奖项!本人多次被评为“优秀青年教师”。 
  5. 2008年,考入华中师范大学教育学院,攻读教育硕士研究生,以优异的成绩修完全部课程,获得硕士学位。 
  6. 2015年--至今,在华夏未来华盛顿中心,担任音乐教师。

Multi-Theme Teacher

Nadege Brooks

Nadege Brooks is a certified teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. She has been teaching for over 10 years. She is an alumna of the University of Maryland College Park with a BA in Government and Politics (Political Science), and a BA in French with a minor in kinesiology. Nadege is also certified in French, Political Science and ESOL. Nadege loves teaching and learning new things, when she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, working out, camping, hiking and anything that involves the outdoors.

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.

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.


Mary Palazzolo have worked in education for more than ten years as a teacher, tutor, daycare provider, and nanny. She currently teaches English Language Arts to middle school students in Prince George's County and hold a Master's degree as well as state certification in elementary education and reading instruction. In addition to reading and writing, Mary is passionate about cooking (and eating!), and she enjoys sharing that passion with others - especially young people. She has created an after-school cooking program for her students and is excited to bring that experience to your child's time with us this summer!"

Patrick Strella

CHESS Teacher
Patrick has his degree in Business Administration and Sport’s Science. He has been playing chess since he was six years old and have won tournaments in New York and Maryland. Also, he achieved his highest title competing in the Mid Atlantic tennis competition as well as many of Montgomery County Tournaments in Gaithersburg, Rockville and Olney. Patrick is a USCF trainer and have 15 + year of experience in teaching chess and tennis publically and privately. He instituted a specialized coaching program that led many students to become champions in the Montgomery County Chess Tournaments. Learning chess is more than a game, it will help develop skills used in many aspects of life. These skills directly correlate with the success of problem solving in life.

Bryan Foo

MATH Teacher
Bryan Foo is a 10th grader at the prestigious SMCS program at Poolesville High School. He is a veteran mathlete who has won honorable mention in the UMD Math Competition, is a qualifier for the AIME competition, and was in the State MATHCOUNTS 2nd place Team. Bryan has gotten top 3 in state and top 10 in nation the Math Kangaroo competition almost every year, and currently is a USA Computing Olympiad Gold division participant.

Bryan also had the initiative to start and teach a math competitions class at Hope Chinese School. The class has been a huge success, giving the class a great reputation, both among parents and students. His students even won several awards in the Montgomery Blair Math Tournament. He is also a seasoned tutor for the Math Olympiad at the Lead 4 Future organization.

Besides math, Bryan also loves to write. His online web serial book has received thousands of views and dozens of likes from readers around the world. He has also edited and published for a school magazine, and published five books on his own.

Vincent Bian

MATH Teacher
Vincent Bian is a 10th grader in the Science, Math, and Computer Science magnet program at Poolesville High School. He is an experienced mathlete that has won many national level competitions.

Math Kangaroo contest was the first math competition that Vincent participated in 3rd grade. Since then, he was placed top 10 nationally almost every year. He got gold medals with perfect scores for the past 3 consecutive years, and was invited to the all-expense-paid international Math Kangaroo summer camp in Poland in 2016. In middle school, Vincent has participated state MathCounts all 3 years. In 8th grade, he was chosen as one of the 4 members of the Maryland MathCounts team, which got 2nd place in National MathCounts that year. Vincent was also a major player of Roberto Clemente Science Bowl team which win 2nd place in the national final in 2015. In the American Math Competition (AMC) series contest, Vincent qualified for the American Invitational Math Exam (AIME, top 5000 students) since 6th grade, and qualified for the USA Junior Math Olympiad (USAJMO, top ~500 students) since 8th grade. He is a USAJMO winner in 2017 with a perfect score, and was invited to attend the Math Olympiad Program (MOP, top ~50 students). MOP is the most prestigious math camp in the USA with the goal of training and selecting the USA math team for the International Math Olympiad.

In high school, Vincent won top 10 individual awards from many college-held math competitions, e.g. UMD Math Competition, Harvard-MIT Math Tournament, Princeton University Math Competition, John Hopkins Math Tournament, Carnegie Mellon Informatics and Mathematics Competition. Among these, his 3rd place winning of UMD math competition provides him a full-ride scholarship to UMD if and when he chooses to attend UMD after high school graduation. Besides math, Vincent is also a bronze medal winner of USA Physics Olympiad and a Platinum division participant in USA Computing Olympiad.

To help younger students to enjoy the beauty of math, Vincent has also volunteered to teach math competition to middle school students at Hope Chinese School for the past two years.

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(IT Intern: Mingjie Jiang)