ChildWise is dedicated to building a high-quality bilingual CDA (Chinese & English) training program and consulting solutions for early childhood educators, institutions and families in China and the U.S. Chinese American community. We have been working diligently to advocate for the advancement of ECE in China and the U.S.
ChildWise, founded in 2017, is headquartered in Chicago with operating offices in China.
Jing Zhao Cesarone jumped feet first into entrepreneurship in 2001 with her first company, ChinaWise, a leading business advisory firm headquartered in Chicago that helps North American and Chinese enterprises generate business together. In 2017, she expanded to fill the need she saw within this space for accredited early childhood education. And thus, ChildWise was born. Jing carries with her a list of significant accomplishments that just keeps growing: from finishing second in her province out of 100,000 students to earning a full scholarship to the University of Illinois to working with Fortune 500 clients and founding her own companies. She has led multiple international projects, including distribution of educational video programs, marketing of children retail brands and entrepreneurship training, to name just a few.
Jing Zhao CESARONE
Founder / Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Patrick GEHL
President / Corporate Counsel
Mr. Gehl has over three decades of business and law experience in the U.S. and abroad, with companies such as York Education Group, Harley
Davidson, and Koehler.. The integration of technical, business and legal expertise brings a powerful skill set to the 21st century organization. Serving as Secretary and Director of Investor Relations for a NYSE company he had daily contact with Institutional Investors, the NYSE and the SEC for all filings and compliance issues. Tom has advised management teams in a dozen countries on mergers and acquisitions, Education, contracts, real estate issues, Environmental, Health and Safety regulations, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and international practices.
Chief Financial Officer
Stephen Markscheid is CFO of ChildWise. He serves as an independent non-executive director of six publicly listed companies. From 1998-2006, Steve worked for GE Capital. During his time with GE, Steve led GE Capital's business development activities in China and Asia Pacific, primarily acquisitions and direct investments. Steve earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 1976, an MA in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University in 1980, and an MBA from Columbia University in 1991.
Dr. Williamson is a faculty member of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Some career attributes include Child Development Associate Credential Instructor, Head Start Director of Curricula & Service Design, and Master Trainer for the Texas Early Childhood System. She led the team that achieved NAEYC accreditation for the first San Antonio Head Start programs. Melissa has a Masters in Education and completed her training in family engagement from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Melissa WILLIAMSON
Lead CDA Instructor
Lead Trainer of Parent curriculum at IEEI
Michael is the producer of CDA's bilingual standardized training courses, and a famous Parenting Curriculum Blogger on Douyin as Dadwise (maikenaoba123).
He has extensive experience as a founder and entrepreneur. He has successfully grown businesses in both China and America. From 2018-19, he built a series of training programs for the University of Illinois and the Industrial Commercial Bank of China. Michael is bilingual and holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and a certificate degree in Financial Management from the University of Chicago, Graham School.
Executive President, International Early Education Institute
An early education specialist, Ying graduated from Cambridge college, MA, US. with a Master in Early Education. She holds all teaching certificates issued by the Massachusetts early childhood education department. She is a Professional Development Specialist (PDS) for the CDA, and senior director at an early childhood education center in Massachusetts. Ying has been devoted to promoting the development of the early education industry, and improving professionalism of teachers across the early childhood education field.
Dr. Huaiying KANG
Chief Strategy Officer & CDA Instructor
Dr. Kang is Chief Strategy Officer at ChildWise International, and also serves as the Director of the UPenn – ChildWise PLN CDA Program. Her expertise focuses on curriculum design, teaching, and leadership in innovative education. She is also an expert in STEAM education research and application (early childhood/K-12/higher education). Additionally, she has experience with Montessori, IB and multicultural, multilanguage integration systems. As a highly experienced practitioner of teacher’s professional training, curriculum design, and family education, she has been invited to provide training sessions for colleges, universities, education groups (K-12), and early childhood education institutions, and gave speeches at many early childhood education and family education forums. Dr. Kang also has background in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering.
Jinqiao OUYANG (Chief Operating Officer, China)
Ouyang received a bachelor's degree in education management from South China Normal University and worked in BAT Internet companies and well-known preschool institutions and real estate companies. With 12 years of experience in the education industry, he has clear experience in top-level strategy design of preschool education business, successful cases of investment and operation of preschool education business, familiar with marketing of preschool education and operation mode of chain education institutions, and experience in Internet product development and operation management.
Hui ZHANG（Chief Marketing Officer, China）
Hui has held educational management positions at Motorola University and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. She has over ten years of experience in educational institution management and multinational and cross-cultural training programs. She holds a bachelor's degree in management from Harbin University of Science and Technology and is currently a graduate student in business management from Capital University of Economics and Business.
Doris SUN Marketing Manager
Doris has nearly 10 years of experience in the operation of international education and training programs. She was one of the first students in China to become CDA certified. She is currently responsible for education and training operations and expansion in China. Doris holds a Master's degree from the University of Nottingham.
Amber LIANG CDA Product Manager
Amber has seven years teaching experience in top international schools in China. She holds the second level National Qualification for Psychological Counselors and has received training from both the Berlin International School and Budapest Bilingual School. She was awarded “Outstanding Teacher of Beijing” in 2017 and “Best Instructor” by the Hope China English Festival in 2019.
Tony HOU Digital Marketing Specialist
Tony graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in marketing. He has two years of digital marketing experience, such as social media marketing, search engine marketing, and search engine optimization.
Graduate of the Kelley School of Business, Xiang has experience working on educational projects and online course production. He is skilled at approaching product development from the perspective of the customer. In his current role he is responsible for ChildWise CDA’s online product development.
Xiang LIN Course Developer
The CDA® is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education, with over 46 years of history and more than 800,000 teachers certified globally. Although well-established in the U.S., many countries around the world still lack a proper training system, such as the CDA®. ChildWise’s training products seek to fill demand for certification, both in the U.S. and China. Among the 25 languages offered by the CDA® training organizations, ChildWise is the first and only education company that provides CDA® online training in both Chinese and English. The course has students across North America, Asia, and Europe, and ChildWise recently partnered with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania to offer it as a credit course in their Penn Literacy Network.
However, the Chinese market is where ChildWise is seeing explosive growth. The U.S. educational system is well-respected and sought after in China, and consequently the demand for CDA®-certified teachers in China has grown tremendously. In 2017, ChildWise was authorized as the exclusive partner to launch a CDA® training pilot program in China. After the success completion of the pilot program in 2018, ChildWise became the only official training partner of the CDA® Council to provide training in Greater China.
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