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Shaping Future l Bridging Cultures

Our Humble Beginning

Welcome to i-Immersion, a pioneer in language learning and educational consulting since 2008. From our humble beginnings as a language company in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, we have been driven by a single, unwavering mission: to make language learning accessible to every community.Our journey started with offering Mandarin, Spanish, and French programs through innovative formats such as mommy-and-me sessions, preschool enrichment, and after-school classes. Our commitment to high-quality, immersive language education quickly made us a favorite among local families and educational institutions.

Mom-and-me class when i-Immersion first started in 2008
In-school classes featuring Mandarin play-based classes with children K-Grade 5

Community All-Star

As our reputation grew, so did the demand for our expertise. Schools and private organizations across the Bay Area began seeking our personalized immersion solutions to cater to their diverse communities of learners. This pivotal moment marked our evolution into a language consulting company. Today, we specialize in program design and operations, alongside providing professional development support to school districts.


Recognizing the critical role of early childhood education in language acquisition, we expanded our consulting services to support family child care providers. This initiative has not only enriched our portfolio but also solidified our presence in San Mateo as one of the oldest immersion family child care providers.


With over 15 years of experience in the immersion business and the broader education industry, we are at the forefront of adopting current technology trends. Our latest endeavor is a virtual platform that extends our reach beyond local families, allowing us to fulfill our mission in a hybrid environment. This border-free learning community represents a new chapter in our journey, enabling us to connect with learners and educators around the world.


i-Immersion is dedicated to making learning accessible to everyone, fostering cross-cultural understanding and connectivity through continuous innovation and expansion of our global educational services.

Industry Expert

Our evolution naturally extended into the realms of professional development and coaching, areas where we identified significant opportunities to empower educators and community members alike. By leveraging our expertise and experiences, i-Immersion has become a sought-after entity for practical professional development workshops. These workshops are designed to equip educators with the latest tools and methodologies, ensuring they are well-prepared to meet the challenges of modern education.

Coaching for educators
Professional development event and workshops for parents and educators


Alice Kuo, Founder and Director of i-Immersion and Nihao School

Alice Kuo, Founder / Director

Education: MBA/MA Education Leadership

With more than 15 years of expertise in early education, Alice has dedicated 8 years to teaching across diverse settings, from infants and toddlers classrooms to preschool enrichment classes and after-school programs.  Alice has transitioned into a new role as a certified coach, specializing in parenting and business coaching. Her mission is to empower parents, offering them guidance and confidence as they navigate the complexities of building strong families and nurturing loving relationships with their children.

Anna Sienes, Office Manager of Nihao School

Anna Sienes, Administration

Education: BA Information Technology

Anna is a highly capable professional, showcasing her dedication to organizational excellence. With 8 years of experience in program office roles, Anna has consistently demonstrated her expertise in supporting various administrative functions. Beyond her administrative prowess, she possesses a warm and welcoming demeanor and harbors a deep love for children. Anna's extensive background in program management, administrative support, and her commitment to fostering parent engagement make her a valuable asset to everyone at Nihao School.

Helen Hung, Assistant Director of Nihao School

Helen Hung, ECE Trainer

Education: BA Finance & Banking

A visionary founder of the Nihao School, Helen has cultivated extensive experience working with families and children from diverse backgrounds.  Her commitment to language education led her to teach Mandarin at various after-school programs in both public and private schools, enriching the lives of young learners. Helen is renowned for her culinary talents, delighting children with delicious and culturally enriching meals.

Vicki Hung, Lead Teacher of Nihao School

Vicki Hung, ECE Supervisor

Education: BA Political Science

Vicki Hung is a beloved presence with a loving and warm personality that radiates in every role she undertakes.  Before joining Nihao, Vicki thrived as an after-school Mandarin teacher, where her passion for language education began to shine.  What truly sets her apart is her unwavering dedication to enriching children's lives by seamlessly integrating music, art, and dance into the classroom, creating a vibrant and engaging learning environment.

Banky P., Lead Teacher of Nihao School

Banky P., Curriculum Specialist

Education: BA Education

Banky is a passionate educator with a diverse and enriching background in teaching. His journey in the U.S. started as an au pair, and from there, he pursued further studies in early childhood education, ultimately earning a Master's Teacher Permit. With prior experience as a credentialed Kindergarten teacher in Thailand, Banky brings a wealth of international teaching knowledge to his work. Currently, he is dedicated to enhancing his expertise by completing his studies in Montessori Education.

Rongfei Chen, Lead Teacher of Nihao School

Cora Chen, Outreach Specialist

Education: BA Nutrition Science

Rongfei's transition into the field of early education began as a teaching assistant at Nihao School.  Prior to her time in the U.S., she honed her culinary skills in both cooking and desserts in the hospitality industry.  Recognizing the profound impact she could make, Rongfei devoted her time to program management and teaching role at Nihao School. Her unique approach involves teaching children through a Social-Emotional lens, focusing on building a strong foundation in children's self-image and confidence.

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